Here's an idea to fool the birds and save at least some of your crop from our feathered friends....or you could just use bird netting! Gardening Hints & Tips / "Stones painted as strawberries when put around strawberry plants in the spring will keep birds from eating your berries when they ripen because the birds will think the ripened berries are stones." Hmmm, interesting. It's a project that you could get your children and grand children involved in. The decoys probably don't have to be works of art, but just something resembling the shape and colour of the real thing.