|uses for CDs?
||[Dec. 30th, 2011|12:59 pm]
Organic Gardening - Flowers, Fruits, Vegetables
I've heard of (and seen) people hanging strings of old CDs around fruit trees to protect the fruit from birds - the reflections are supposed to scare them off. Does it work? How thickly do they need to be strung? How high/low would they need to be to protect the tree top-to-bottom?|
Also, has anyone tried placing an old CD (shiny side up) as protection around a veg seedling? For example, a squash or melon? I ask because silver reflective mulch is supposed to reflect light onto the undersides of leaves and deter some pests - would a CD be sufficiently reflective? Could it also work as a sort of cutworm collar?
The CD-around-seedling idea is just one that came to mind this morning; I'm not sure if it would be at all useful. I don't see references to such an idea online, so figured I'd ask if anyone had tried such a thing.
Possible drawbacks that come to mind: not water-permeable, so would create a dry zone; contains silver...although hopefully that can't leach out and is only a problem if it melts; could get splashed with mud and then wouldn't be reflective anymore; slugs might hide on the underside. Thoughts?