By: Garden Gate staff
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Easy tree protection
Make sure your investment survives! A newly planted tree needs extra care and attention — especially in winter. Try one of the quick methods ahead to keep deer and rabbits away from its tender trunk and help it thrive for seasons to come. Once temps warm up again in spring, simply remove the protection.
A stovepipe with a snap-lock seam, like the one here, shields a trunk, preventing deer from rubbing the bark and rabbits from chewing at its base. Just push two stakes into the ground inside the stovepipe to keep the metal away from the trunk and prevent rubbing or lots of trapped heat.
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Have an old pair of nylons? Protect your tree’s trunk from rabbits and other rodents that eat bark. Just cut one leg from toe to top and wrap the nylon horizontally around the trunk, just like in the photo at left, starting at the base.
Don’t wrap the nylon too tightly, though — only wind it close enough so it’s snug against the tree. To secure the material, tuck in the cut end beneath the lower branches or tie a piece of twine around the top of the trunk.