Spiral tree guards are an economical and effective method of protecting newly planted trees from rabbits, hares and other small animals such as voles. Suitable for almost all native trees they can be wound round the central stems allowing the side branches to grow freely without crushing them. Rabbits may nibble those tips or branches at the end but this will not kill the plant. The clear plastic allows sufficient light to filter through encouraging growth.
For windy exposed sites or when using the guards with very young plants then a cane is recommended to stop the weight of the guard pulling the young plant over. The spiral guards can be removed by hand when the trees have become well established and can survive the occasional nibble from a passing rabbit or can be left and the tree itself will eventually push the guard off as the main stem becomes large enough to do so.
Spiral tree guards come in two heights 18 inch and 24inch and choosing the correct size is dependant on the size of tree purchased larger stronger trees are better with the larger size of tree guard. Spiral tree guard rabbit protectors should not be used with evergreen plants such as Laurel, Holly or Leylandii as they can crush the leaves close to the main stem. Evergreen plants are best fitted with mesh guards or shrub shelters. These easy to fit guards are made from recycled plastic and are supplied in tubes of 5 and should be separated before fitting.