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black tree protectors too hot?

Posted by linda888 5 central Ohio (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 30, 14 at 16:52

We have a couple of new trees (a sugar maple and a flowering crabapple). Last year we planted some new trees and the deer killed them. So today my husband went and bought this stiff plastic piping stuff that he cut a slit in and put it around our new trees. But I am worried because it is black and I'm afraid that it will overheat the tree. Is that something to be concerned about?


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RE: black tree protectors too hot?

Yes, the bark needs some sunlight. It can get damp and moldy and hot inside that plastic tube, and the bark can get soft and start coming off. That's why I use chicken wire or window screen, and I put it on very loosely.

RE: black tree protectors too hot?

i used the same for 4 years on one inch oaks.... with no problems related to them ...

i went 4 feet from ground up ... just in case we got 4 feet of snow.. lol..

the worst problem i had.. was getting them off w/o scarring the bark ...

they are now.. 10 years later.. going on 20 to 30+ feet ...

i think you are overthinking it all ...


RE: black tree protectors too hot?

Thanks Ken and Nurseryman. I will monitor.

RE: black tree protectors too hot?

This year they are gone for now, but watch in fall, them army worms/tent cattapillars hide inside these trunk protectors. Many years ago, I had a young oak with a trunk plastic wrap around thing, and after I removed it, there were a whole bunch of them army worms on the trunk with slimy stuff on the bark. I don't think the tree died, but can't say for sure it didn't, the site of it made me itchy.

RE: black tree protectors too hot?

I guess using a bug spray or BT as a preventative would solve that problem.

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