PROTECTING YOUR NEW TREES
|Hands down, the best way to protect young trees is with tree tubes (also called tree protectors). They not only ensure your seedlings get past the vulnerable seedling and sapling stages, it also enhances growth rates. Deer seem to key in on tender seedlings and saplings as both a food source and a target to rub their antlers on. Tubes protect the young trees from both, as well as from rodents that might chew on the bases potentially girdling and killing them. Meanwhile, tubes enhance growth by acting like a tiny greenhouse, increasing photosynthetic and transpiration rates. They also trap and direct precious moisture to the root system.
Tree tubes are efficiently designed to protect young trees. Rather than wood, we use a schedule 40 PVC pipe/stake that can be reused. They come pre-threaded with zip ties so once you plant your tree you drive your stake, slide the tube over and cinch it tight. The upper part of the tube is vented to allow circulation and…