This is the second year we have had our fig trees, they have deepened their roots and have started producing wonderful figs. The first weeks harvest was more than what we pulled all last summer. These juicy morsels have also attracted a few unwelcome scavengers. My goal is to protect the fig trees with something more than a net draped over the tree. Birds can still land on a draped net and pick at what is inside. I want to create a temporary haven so the figs could fully ripen on the tree without predation.
Step 1: Plans and Tools
In this build I will use one half inch PVC pipe and bird netting, both available at your favorite home improvement store. I wanted to cover two trees with netting, one was nice and compact, the other is in a wide V shape. For the V shaped tree I made two smaller frames to make it easier to move while mowing.
I did not glue these frames together, my plan is to have the option to quickly take apart the frame in the event of a hurricane.
These frames will not be cubes so I can save on materials and because they look cool.
Each frame needs a four sided base, a spine for the top and 3-way 90 degree corners to attach it all together.
A single frame needs six 3-way 90 degree corners. The store I shopped at did not have them so I needed to use a coupler to make it work.
All parts totaled I used 180 feet of PVC pipe, 18 3-way 90 degree fittings with side outlet with male adapter.
Do not be discouraged by the total length of PVC, I have several four foot lengths left over because the most common length I needed was six feet and the PVC was available in only ten foot lengths.
In addition to the PVC and netting I used a channellock wrench, hacksaw, saw horses, measuring tape, marker and a blade. I also used cord to tie the net down, I used mason line.