I really love cherries and last year when the cherries were one day before being perfect they were all eaten by birds and ants. I vowed this year would be different. I didn't put netting on the trees although I do have it. I figured with the dogs running around perhaps they'd stay away. I did wrap duck tape around the trees. I put the sticky side out and figured if something wanted to climb up the trees they would not have an easy time of it.