Our little orchard of dwarf fruit trees are the only ones that have a significant number of apples on them this year. The semi-dwarf trees across the yard are much bigger, impossible to efficiently cover with bird-proof netting, and have few apples on them this year. I have a suspicion they have lived out their productive years of bearing fruit and need to be replaced. At any rate, those trees and their small quantity of fruit are on their own this year.
But back to our project. Yesterday Papa Pea, daughter and I took on the task of building a cage around our dwarf tree orchard to prevent the birds from getting at the fruit.
Dear daughter cut two pieces of fencing, connected them with zip-ties to make a solid covering for the top. It's hard to see her handiwork while the fencing is lying on the ground.
We sank t-posts into the ground and attached 7' high fencing around the whole perimeter of the planting.
Papa Pea and daughter unrolling the fencing.
Attaching it to the t-posts.
We didn't get completely finished yesterday because of a couple of interruptions so Papa Pea and I did the little bit that had to yet be done this morning.
We left a "door" (which Papa Pea is clamping shut in the above photo) so we could easily get in and out when needed.
I say it reminds me of an aviary in which you see birds flying hither and yon. Except this is our attempt to keep any and all birds out!