If you are growing blueberries, your main focus should be to protect blueberries from birds. You might not realize this in the beginning but it is very important to protect blueberries from birds if you want to eat any yourself.
Fortunately I learned this lesson the easy way. I didn’t lose all my blueberries to the birds. I only lost about half of them. Here is the story: Last June I spent a lovely afternoon at the US National Arboretum. I highly recommend visiting the US National Arboretum if you have the chance. The gardens are absolutely beautiful. There are meandering paths with choice places to sit and relax and enjoy the flowers and landscaping. Here is a picture of the place I chose to sit and have lunch. You can see the US Capitol in the background and the bush in front of the tree trunk is a blueberry bush! As you can see I found a shady spot where I could eat my lunch!
How I Learned to Protect Blueberries From Birds
I was eating my lunch and relaxing. I noticed that birds kept alighting on the bushes and pecking on something. As I looked closer I realized that there were several blueberry bushes in front of me. The birds were have a great lunch also!! The thing that really surprised me was that the blueberries weren’t even close to being ripe. They were just starting to get a purplish-bluish tinge to them! The birds didn’t care if they were ripe. They were taking the berries before they even had a chance to get ripe for us! They must like them that way. This was a great learning lesson for me. You need to protect blueberries from birds before they are even ripe. Here is a closeup of one of the blueberry bushes and you can see that a lot of the berries have been eaten!
One Idea to Protect Blueberries From Birds
I posted a few years ago on protecting berries from the birds using row covers. These row covers work very well to save your berries! Just make sure you get them on early enough before the birds start eating the berries.