Protect your delicious, homegrown fruit crops with our netted orchard structures.
One of the key permaculture principles is “obtain a yield”. Protecting your home-grown fruit from Melbourne’s wildlife can be very challenging, if not impossible. Possums, fruit bats, and parrots will all enthusiastically devour fruit crops the day before you’re ready to pick them. All year round, Kangaroos and deer browse on foliage and damage fruit trees. We have the answer to your fruit and leaf eating problems. Prevent wildlife from damaging your backyard orchard ever again, with one of our permanent orchard netted structures.
These structures are the key to low-maintenance, and wildlife friendly crop protection. Forget about tangled nets, and having to remember to put them up and take them down each year. Forget about wildlife getting tangled. Our netted structures are carefully designed and built to ensure that you face none of these problems.
Accessing your trees, to pick fruit, to prune or to inspect them is easy. As a large walk in netted structure you no longer need to worry about climbing up into nets and getting tangled.
Using 40mm diameter chicken wire excludes parrots, cockatoos, blackbirds, mynahs and other destructive birds but allows smaller insectivorous birds to enter and manage insect pests.
Our netted crop protection structures are designed to last. The fruit tree netting is guaranteed by the manufacturer for 10 years. We use high-quality, Australian-made galvanised steel mesh for the walls.
Your enclosure will be fully fox and rabbit proof and so you can integrate small livestock such as chickens, ducks, quail and guinea pigs into the system. They also make ideal cat runs.
Standard widths for the netted structures are 6, 8 and 10m spans (or wider using combinations thereof) and can be made to any length. We can also arrange for smaller custom netted enclosures for suburban backyard orchards.
The cost for our netted orchard structures is very much dependent on the site itself and your individual requirements.
As a guide, larger structures over 300 square metres can be installed for as little as $110 per square metre. Smaller structures can cost as much as $400 per square metre.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What sorts of pests do the netted structures exclude?
Our backyard orchard netted enclosures will exclude rabbits, foxes, bats, parrots, cockatoos, deer, kangaroos and possums. Using a 40mm diameter wire mesh on the walls, allows smaller birds such as fairy wrens, pardalotes, spinebills and small honeyeaters to easily enter the enclosure and control any insect pests. Honeybees and native bees can also easily enter the enclosure and perform the pollination of your fruit trees.
What locations can you install them in?
We are based in Burwood in Melbourne but will travel anywhere in Victoria to install our fruit tree protection systems.
Do the netted enclosures need a building permit?
You should always check this with your local council. However, we’ve had lengthy discussions with several different Melbourne councils now, and in each instance, they have agreed that a building permit is not required.
What happens if wildlife are caught?
We install the net so that it is very taut and this prevents wildlife from getting tangled in it. If they do accidently encounter the netting they simply bounce of, recover and continue their journey. We have never yet had wildlife caught in our netting.
Do bees still have access to pollinate the trees?
Honey bees and native bees can easily enter the enclosure, to perform pollination of your fruit trees.
Can I keep my chickens in these netted structures?
You sure can! Our netted structures are fox proof, making them ideal for housing poultry and other small animals such as guinea pigs. Please note however, that often chickens and fruit trees don’t mix very well. Chickens like to scratch and can be very destructive to root systems. We have experience with integrating small animals into these systems, and can provide some advice and ideas on how it can be done with positive results.
Do you sell DIY kits?
No we don’t. Installing these structures requires specialist equipment and it is not recommended for DIY due to safety reasons. We take pride in the quality of our workmanship and our experience allows us to deliver an exceptional product for our clients.
I’m interested in more information on having one of these installed, do you come out to give advice on locating them?
We sure do. For Melbourne based gardeners, you can book one of our site consults through the online booking page. Please fill out the contact form below, for those in regional Victoria.