Scare tape is new to the garden this season and I love it. It’s mylar tape that is silver on one side and red on the other. It’s strong and thin and very durable. This stuff is great. Birds fly over and don’t stop in for a visit. This may be the reason that I am the sole warrior in my War On Hornworms (WOH pronounced “whoa”.). That’s okay. I’m winning that war without the help of birds that want to be paid in produce. There may be more bugs than me; but I’m tenacious. Last year the birds flew in to sample strawberries, tomatoes, grapes, and peaches. It’s bad enough that they were helping themselves but couldn’t they at least finish off the piece of fruit they pecked at before moving on to something else? Really. This year they are staying away. Even parrots munching on my neighbor’s sunflowers don’t bother to enter the garden. Yet. Scare tape dangles from the grape arbor, the tomato supports, peach tree, and around the strawberries. The slightest breeze makes the tape move. The reflection of light and the crackling noise scares the birds away. Oh sure, I have garden kitties; but they’re semi retired and slowed down by arthritis and the hot weather. The $5 per roll investment was a wise investment. If you can’t find it at your local hardware store it’s available online.
FYI – for everyone wanting the hot weather of summer to get here…thanks. Thanks ever so much. Your wish has been granted. It’s here and it’s here pretty good. As I was coming inside this evening my vision was blurred by the waves of heat; but I was able to see it was a hellish 90 degrees. Swamp pants central here. Come on October.