Bare Hand Bird Netting:
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) knitted yarns
CIBA Specialty Chemicals used for UV stabilization
Rip-stop construction makes for strong netting
Natural green color blends in with vines and other plants
Two types; FLEX Netting and EASY-FIT Netting
Each type is available in Premium and Super Premium grades
Premium netting can last 3 or more growing seasons
Super Premium nets can last 6 or more growing seasons
Non-abrasive knitted mesh is easy on grapes, berries, etc
More flexible and easier to handle than extruded plastic nets
Applied from bags - no rolls, spools or cores
When to install:
Install Bare-Hand™ netting as close to harvest time as possible. Installing too early increases UV exposure that can shorten the life span of your netting. It also allows the vine to grow through the netting, making removal more difficult and time consuming.
Before you begin:
Do all mowing and trellis maintenance before application. Hedge (trim) the row canopy to make it more uniform (square up the row profile). This keeps netting coverage consistent. Cover the top of all exposed posts as they can tear the netting while it is being installed/removed.
Getting Ready To Install:
Carefully cut or untie the ropes that bind both the bag and the netting. Find the knotted end of the netting. Do not untie the knot. Thread this end through the rings of the Applicator Platform (if you will be using one). Tie the knotted end of the netting to the first end-post of the row.
Installing is generally a 3* person job; 1 to drive the tractor/truck/wagon and 2 walking behind on each side of the row, pulling the edges of the net out and down, letting it drop into position along the ground. When you get to the end of a row, do not cut the netting. Keep it in the ‘bundled rope’ form and let it drop to the ground between rows. Continue the next row with the same piece. If you cut it to length you will have to use this piece for the same row every time. To join nets end-to-end, overlap the nets 2 feet. If needed, use clips to hold the nets together.
*As delivered, the netting is tightly packed. A 4th person may be needed to guide the netting out of the bag to reduce tension during the first application.
Specific Steps for Bare-Hand™ FLEX Netting:
FLEX Netting is designed to be stretched over the rows and comes with two types of spacing stripes to help you install it correctly. Centering Stripes are two closely spaced stripes in the middle of the netting. These always go on the very top of the row. Spacing Stripes are single stripes spaced evenly over the width of the netting. When installed properly, these will be 2 feet apart. If they are too close together, the net is being installed with too much length-wise tension and will not achieve its full width. If they are too far apart, the net is being installed with too much width-wise tension, and will not reach its full length.
Steps for Bare-Hand™ EASY-FIT Netting
Because EASY-FIT Netting is square and does not stretch, it is much easier to install. Simply pull the edges of the net out and down, letting it drop into position at the ground.
Bird-pecked grapes and berries can harbor bacterial and fungal pathogens that alter the flavor of wine or juice. To help growers save their crops from hungry birds, we offer the Bare Hand Vineyard & Crop Bird Netting. Bird exclusion netting is the most effective method of protection from birds for row crop farming.