How much water do blueberry plants need?
Remember this procedure: amending the soil in spring – mulch is pulled back, weeds removed, amendments added, mulch replaced. The blueberries need about an inch of water per week. If the layer of mulch is good, it will help keep up the moisture level stable, and cut down on the amount of time spent watering, although the best choice might be pine needles. The reason you should choose pine needle is because when they decay, they will continue to supply nutrients and they help maintain the correct pH.
In case you cannot find pine needles, bark over landscape materials is a good choice. Pull up the mulch each spring and add organic material such as compost or castings to keep the ground healthy. Do not forget that these bushes have the potential to provide many years of delicious, healthy blueberries, so a little bit more extra effort would not hurt anyone.
How do you keep birds and other animals away from the blueberries?
The first problem that you will face is that every wild animal eats blueberries. They start with the newly planted bushes, and finish the whole plant along with the blueberries. In order to protect from the birds, try building a frame work out of T post, chicken wire, tube steel and conduit. Then run wires to support plastic bird netting. By doing this you will create a place where the blueberries can grow and the plants will be protected at the same time.
You can also try using products to repel deer and rabbits. To defend the plants from the hungry repel birds, try building a physical fence. The materials needed to build this might be expensive, but remember that the blueberries can live up to 30 years, if you manage them properly.
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