Birds And Mammals

Birds and mammals can damage several vegetable crops—including bean, cabbage, lettuce, pea, sweet corn and tomato.

Red-winged blackbirds and common grackles damage corn by pulling sprouting seeds or eating kernels before they are ripe. Keep these birds away by using flashing aluminum discs or strips hung on strings or wires supported by tall stakes.

Robins and other fruit-eating birds damage berries and dwarf fruit. Use commercial plastic netting to exclude these birds from trees and berry patches.

Cottontail rabbits eat beans, cabbage and other vegetables. Keep these garden pests out with a low fence of 1-inch mesh chicken wire, about 18 to 24 inches high. Bury the bottom of the wire or place it in close contact with the ground to prevent animals from burrowing or forcing their way under. You can also capture rabbits easily in wire live-traps and remove them from the area, especially during winter.

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