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What is the best tree guard to put around the trunk for winter?

Posted by ilovemytrees 5b/6a Western, NY (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 13, 14 at 11:11

Tree wrap, a tree sleeve or say one of those plastic mesh tree guards?

And how do the branches fit in those things? Do you bend the branches upward? Will it hurt them if you do that?

We have already put individual fences around my young 4ft tall maple trees, buried 8-12 inches deep, but I'm not taking any chances anymore. I want to make damn sure voles don't get to my trees this winter.


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RE: What is the best tree guard to put around the trunk for winte

When I lived up north, I used hardware cloth - it comes in a roll and I just cut it and made a sleeve and crimped it together. I had a lot of voles and no more girdled trees in the spring.


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RE: What is the best tree guard to put around the trunk for winte

hardware cloth...keeps out rabbits AND voles. Two biggest issues in my yard. One issue you do run into, once the snow piles up is that rabbits can now just browse higher up on the tree.


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RE: What is the best tree guard to put around the trunk for winte

Has anybody tried tinfoil on young trees? Will that keep rodents at bay?


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RE: What is the best tree guard to put around the trunk for winte

Devonhubb,

I just read here,at the link I'm providing below, that tinfoil was useless for one person trying to protect their peach trees.

I don't know which protection I'm going to choose, but I'll have to decide in the next 6 weeks or so.

Here is a link that might be useful: Gardenweb vole protection


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