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Ezibuild orchard structure is the best way to beat the birds!

Ezibuild orchard structure is the best way to beat the birds!

This is a great example of our Ezibuild orchard structure recently installed in Bridgetown, by the beautiful Blackwood River. It’s a very good looking structure – in this case, we didn’t need to install external anchors or box strainers to hold the poles in place; the 200mm diameter poles were set a metre down in heavy ground, which was sufficient to stop them moving in a structure this size.

We have also worked out a neater and simpler method for fixing the netting on the outside corners of the poles, where the two sides meet.  A straight 2.5mm cut along the length of the pole is made prior to the net being put in place, with the orientation of the cut on the outward face of the pole.  This is used as a channel for the PVC coated wire to pin the netting in place once it has been stretched in the correct position around the pole from both sides and temporarily pinned in in place.  The wire needs tapping into the channel with a hammer but once in place is very secure. A few galvanised clout nails along the length ensures it will never move.

Many thanks to Michael and Anne for choosing Crackpots Rural!

If you’d like to find out more about our Ezibuild orchard structures, check out the short video on our website or give us a call on 9337 2211. We have a free manual and step-by-step instruction video, and can supply all the gear you need, including our premium black 6-ply bird netting, which comes with a 10-year warranty.

As the photos show, it’s a very effective way to keep birds and other vermin away from your precious fruit trees!


Crackpots Rural Open and Covid Safe

An important message for our valued clients: during lockdown, Crackpots Rural will remain open, albeit with a skeleton staff who will have masks and sanitiser. You are very welcome to come in, but please abide by the rules – you must wear a mask, socially distance, and transactions will be contactless – sorry, no cash.…Continue Reading


It’s so rewarding for us to see our clients successfully building their own EziBuild orchard structures.  It’s even more rewarding for them when they get to keep their precious harvest, and not watch it decimated by birds! We believe we’ve come up with a great model for small to medium size DIY crop protection structures.…Continue Reading


Get knotted! When it comes to bird netting, that’s the best advice we can give you. In permanent setups, knotted netting has many significant advantages over the knitted variety. It has an inherently high strength and excellent wear characteristics, with a higher resistance to tearing due to the multiple hard twisted twine construction. The twine…Continue Reading

Crackpots 2023 Christmas trading hours

    Crackpots Crackpots will be closed from 2pm on December 2023 until we re-open at 8am on Monday January 8. We’ll be back, full of energy for a great 2024 and fully stocked with our premium range of shadecloth, bird netting, tree guards and crop protection advice, including our bespoke EziBuild bird netting structures.…Continue Reading

Ezi Crop Protection – another successful orchard structure!

Tired of the birds getting all the benefit from your fruit trees? Need effective crop protection? The best way to protect your crops from birds is with a permanent orchard netting structure. An orchard structure will protect your crops for a decade or more before you’ll have to consider replacing it. Now is a great…Continue Reading

Tree Guards – a must to protect your young trees.

Getting ready to plant your tree seedlings? Have you thought about Tree Guards to protect them? With these days of winter rain, followed by days of sunshine, followed by more rain, now is the perfect time to get those young trees in the ground and well watered in before the warmer weather arrives. Whether you’re…Continue Reading

Save your Fruit! Build your own Bird Netting Structure.

Tired of the birds getting all the benefit from your fruit trees? Bird netting is the answer – a permanent orchard netting structure will protect your crops for a decade or more before having to consider replacing it. We have a shipment of extra-heavy duty, premium quality bird netting arriving at the end of the…Continue Reading

Save your summer vegies with shadecloth!

Have you thought about protecting your vegetable and herb garden with shadecloth? A milder start to summer means there is still time to plant your summer crops of herbs and vegies like basil, tomatoes, fennel and eggplants – but it’s going to get hot very soon! A good idea to protect your vegie garden from…Continue Reading

Weeds no more, with durable weedmat

This winter’s heavy rains and sunshine have been an absolute boon for the weeds! Weeding is part of life at this time of year, but there is another way. An easy method for weed suppression is to use weedmat, of which there are two main types. Spun-bonded mats allow air and water to pass through,…Continue Reading