Best way to keep squirrels out of strawberries?
Last year was the first year for fruit, planted in 2012. I put 9 gauge wire hoops every couple of feet with bird netting over, staked down the edges with landscape pegs, secured to hoops with clothespins. The squirrels sat on top of the netting until they could get it to sag enough to reach berries in the middle (I kept putting the berries on the edges back toward the center - will make row narrower this year).
So if I put my hoops closer together this year, and stretch the netting tightly, will that keep them out? It was a bit of a pain last year to pull the pegs (I just started using rocks, since the rodents were pulling the pegs out too!) every day to fold back the netting and pick. But chicken wire would be harder, I'm thinking row cover wouldn't work (they'd chew right through it), any ideas to make it easy for me and hard for them?