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Tree Guards – Green Corflute 450mm High
$68.75 inc GST
Tree Guard 200mm sides, 450mm high, green, corflute
- Strong and Re-usable
- Made from corflute
- Helps protect tree during growth
- Easy installation, only requires one timber stake
- UV stabilised
What is a tree guard?
A tree guard is a corflute shelter device that protects the trunk of trees from wind, pests and frost. Aussie Environmental plastic tree guards are made from lightweight corflute, which is a plastic with a corrugated structure that gives it added strength. Corflute is a waterproof material that’s highly durable and is designed to protect the growing tree from damage.
Features of our tree guards
Aussie Environmental tree guards are ideal for revegetation or landscaping projects, conservation works and protecting trees from the ravages of pests and wind. They require only one timber state (unlike others that require three or four stakes), so they’re easy to install. They are also UV resistant, waterproof and very durable. Your tree guard arrives in a flat pack which easily folds out into a triangular shape when unpacked. They are available in packs of 10 or 50 and you can purchase either 450mm or 600mm high tree guards (timber stakes are not included).
- Strong and reusable
- Made from corflute
- Protects trees during early growth
- Easy installation (only requires one timber stake)
- UV stabilised
What are the benefits of a tree guard?
Corrugated plastic tree guards are used in many landscaping projects, from civil works to commercial projects and residential gardens. A tree guard can be essential to the survival of your trees when they are young, growing and vulnerable to damage, particularly in the first two years after being planted. These tree trunk guards give your new trees the best chance of survival when faced with the harsh Aussie weather and many of our native foragers.
Young trees can be blown down and uprooted in storms, damaged by hail or frost, driven over by vehicles, mowed down, and eaten by hungry kangaroos, wallabies and rabbits. The tree guard not only makes the tree visible from a distance so that vehicles, motorbikes or mowers can avoid them, but they also provide a physical protective barrier to predators. A tree guard can also protect the growing tree from being accidentally sprayed by herbicides and create a microenvironment that reduces UV rays, and increases both humidity and carbon dioxide levels around the tree.
The corflute tree trunk guard is a very robust product that’s made from UV stabilised plastic and is very strong and durable. It can be used more than once and is easy to install with just one timber stake.
Boost growth with a tree guard
The microclimate around your new trees, created by the plastic tree trunk guard, helps to boost the early growth of your young trees. The increased humidity, higher carbon dioxide levels and the protection from frost, driving rain and predators, all combine to give your trees the best chance of growing tall and strong. If you live in an area with lots of wallabies, kangaroos, bandicoots or rabbits, you’ll already understand how new growth can be decimated overnight by these hungry marsupials. That’s one of the reasons why using a tree guard to project each and every one of your new trees is the only approach that makes sense. Otherwise, your trees will be eaten overnight!
Another problem that can be solved with using tree trunk guards is the damage caused by pets and pests that dig around the base of the tree. This can damage the new roots of the young trees, lowering their vitality or even killing the trees. Another often overlooked benefit of using a tree guard for new trees is that it saves you money. That’s because more of your new trees survive, so you don’t have to buy more trees to replace the ones lost to the elements or predators.
What’s the best time to use tree guards?
The best time to install a tree guard is as soon as you plant your new tree, as this protects them from the minute they are in the ground. If you have already planted your new young trees and suddenly realised that you need to protect them because of predators for example, you can still install these guards once the trees are in the ground. Just make sure that the timber stake is far enough away from the roots so it doesn’t cause any undue damage. If your trees have already been sunburnt or munched on by wallabies, and as long as the damage isn’t too severe, you can most probably save the tree by protecting it with a tree guard, even at this stage.
Always do your best to protect your trees before the Aussie summer heats up, because this is often the time that wallabies or even rabbits look for nice new shoots, as grasses become dry and brittle in the heat. Alternatively, if you live in an area that gets frost or snow in the winter, then again this is the time to make sure that your tree guards are in place. They provide protection from wallabies and rabbits who can quickly ring-bark a young tree when other food is scarce. A young tree with its trunk ring-barked has little chance of survival, particularly in the cold winter months.
Another reason to ensure that your new trees are protected during winter is that the bark expands during the heat of the day, but contracts back during the cold winter night. If the temperature differential is extreme, this quick expansion and contraction cycle can split the bark, resulting in a much lower chance of survival.
How do you install a tree guard?
Aussie Environmental tree guards are very easy to install. Once you have opened the flat pack and separated out the individual tree trunk guards, open out each of the guards so that it’s in its original triangular shape. Then simply slip the guard over the plant so that it sits on top of the soil and slide the timber stake down through the internal collar of the guard. Finally, hammer the stake into the ground to secure the guard into place. You can leave the guard in position until the tree outgrows the guard, then remove it and use it for another new tree. We recommend that you remove the tree guard every six months to inspect the growing tree and its bark. This also gives you the opportunity to clear away any weeds that have grown around the base of the tree and inside the guard. If the tree still fits nicely inside the guard, replace it and check it again in six months.
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