How to Build an Inexpensive Blueberry Bush Cover

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Our blueberry bush is growing like crazy this year. It has the potential of a great harvest - I'm already dreaming of homemade blueberry muffins and pies. But that's if I can get to it before the birds and squirrels! Time to create a cover and stop those critters from getting to the birds before I do!

This blueberry bush cover DIY project is fairly easy and requires just a handful of supplies.

Measure Bush and Gather Supplies

First, measure your bush to determine the length of PVC pipe. (You can also use wood for a frame). Measure the bush and then add at least another foot in all directions to leave room for growth throughout the summer. Our blueberry bush was about 4ft in all directions, so we built a 5ft PVC cage.

Supplies are easy - PVC pipe, bird or deer netting, scissors, plastic (or fabric) ties and garden staples. Bees are crucial to producing blueberry fruits. Without them around pollinating your blueberry bush, you’ll won’t see many berries. So make sure you purchase netting wide enough to let these helpers through. For more details on the netting size, click the link to the extended version of this tutorial at the end of this post.

Cut and Assemble Cage

Cut the PVC pipe to desired measurements and assemble. Set over the blueberry bush and secure the PVC into the ground with garden staples (or rocks).

Cover with Netting

Starting from the bottom of one side, unroll the netting and drape it up and over one the PVC frame down to the ground on the other side. In other words, you are covering two sides and the top of the cage.

Secure the netting along the top and sides of the frame at intervals with plastic or fabric ties. If using plastic ties, leave a little room so that when dismantling the cage at the end of the season you can cut the ties without cutting a hold in the netting.  

Wait for Blueberries to Ripen!

Here's the finished product. Truthfully, it's not the most attractive frame. But it was inexpensive, easy to build, and will easily break apart and store in the garage into next season.

For a more detailed tutorial, check out How to Build a Simple Blueberry Bush Cage.

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  • Cynthia T Fenimore Cynthia T Fenimore on Jul 01, 2021

    Have you had a problems with birds? We did something similar over large well-established bushes that came with the house. So many birds got stuck in the netting, we got so tired of rescuing them that we gave up. For the last 17 years we have been living with them taking their share 😊.

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    • Jen Osterhout Jen Osterhout on Jul 02, 2021

      Hi Cynthia - Personally I haven't had problems with birds getting stuck in the netting. Maybe it's our netting size? Or our PVC is about 6 inches to a foot taller than the trees so may be they don't try getting at the berries? Or just luck? But I'm with you, if birds started getting stuck in my netting, I'd re-evaluate my cage.

  • Cynthia T Fenimore Cynthia T Fenimore on Jul 02, 2021

    Good to hear this is working for many! Our bushes are huge and supply us with more than we can use. So delish - enjoy your berries everyone.