I got tired of forfeiting my Montmorency cherries to the robins
(PRWEB) February 02, 2011
Boulder, CO (PRWEB) February 2, 2011 -- Struggling to place netting on fruit trees to keep birds and squirrels from stealing cherries and peaches is a chore and challenge. Not any longer, thanks to a nifty invention, Netbrella™, which comes in a kit and is sold online, at http://www.netbrellakit.com.
“I got tired of forfeiting my Montmorency cherries to the robins,” said Ray Hauser, the inventor of Netbrella. “After struggling to place bird netting on my fruit trees each year and wrestling it away from branches at the end of the season, I knew there had to be an easier way.”
Hauser, an engineer, designed a simple support structure that makes placing bird netting on fruit trees fast and easy. Netbrella consists of a flexible wheel with spokes that is attached to a center pole. When the bird netting is attached to the rim of the wheel, this lightweight structure, which resembles an umbrella, is tied to the trunk of the tree. The netting is then unfolded from the top of the structure and draped appropriately around the tree. Netbrella can be secured to the ground, using stakes or rocks, to keep it firmly in place for the season.
Netbrella is sold as a kit that contains custom pipe fittings, rope, and twist ties used for attaching the netting to the wheel. In addition to the pieces in the kit, there are detailed instructions for purchasing and assembling a flexible polyethylene pipe for the rim and rigid PVC pipe for the spokes and the pole. The kits come in two sizes: #7 for trees up to 7 feet tall and diameter for $12; #10 for trees up to 10 feet tall and diameter for $18. Netting, 28' x 28, is $34.00. The total cost for the kit plus the additional rim, spoke, and pole materials is less than the cost of large netting at most stores.
Netbrella can be used on more than one tree during a season. And, with easy disassembly and simple storage, it can be used for many years to come. Hauser has already used his Netbrella on his cherry tree for six seasons and on his peach tree for two.
For his invention, Hauser received a patent, “Support for a Flexible Tree Covering.” This is his 18th patent; his first was in 1951 for a process for bonding to Teflon. Visit http://www.netbrellakit.com for more information and to order the kit.