Which tree protector will you choose for your plants?

Tree protectors are a major necessity for many gardeners and without them, there would be no garden due to a myriad of pests.

They help care for established plants and trees and well as brand new ones.

There can be many reasons to need to care for your trees and shrubs, more so when the plants are young and quite small.

In my own case, young plants needed help from frost, rabbits, dogs, and the lawnmower.

All new seedlings, plugs, and plants needed immediate help as we have experienced very early and very late severe frosts here. I favor the frosted plastic tree guard for the plants in the house garden.

Tree protector ideas

A professional tree service can offer a much more elegant solution as you can see here in a major local city park.

Rabbits can also be a problem for me here so when I plant outside the house garden I use a commercial one. Although these can be more expensive they can be worth the effort as it’s not cheap buying plants and it’s such a shame to know they will not survive without the extra effort.

When there are a lot of trees to be planted the local Landcare reforestation groups here use recycled milk cartons. I must say that it really is an interesting sight to see thousands of milk cartons trailing up over hills, along creek beds, and beside landfall areas.

I was fortunate enough to have quite a few metal plant guards left here by the previous owners so I have used them with great success for tomatoes over the summer months.

Recycled Tree Protector Ideas

These days most people and especially avid gardeners are keen to recycle when possible. These are some useful and handy innovative ideas I have found.

  • Some people use plastic strips, they circle the plastic strips around the wooden stakes which allows quite a bit of light and air to circulate that way.
  • I have also heard of some people using aluminized building paper for plant guards. That would be an interesting option for the frost areas I think.
  • Some people use chicken wire, which is great for a more secure and longer-term tree guard.

The important thing to remember there will always be a solution to your problem with pest control, try and find one that is ecological and sustainable for your gardening needs.

What Do Snails Eat?

New gardeners often ask ‘what do snails eat’?

I am never really sure exactly which specific plants snails do eat, I just work on the premise they may eat any new plants and work from there.

I guess gardeners are keen to have early success and I can understand that.

Gardening is as much about the actual act of gardening as it is being able to eventually see the product of your labors.

It’s important to make sure you can protect your new plants from predators. Here are a few ideas that may assist. My main success has come from using bird netting as I describe below.

It’s an ongoing battle as all gardeners well know.

What do snails eat?

What do snails eat?
  1. I have always found they are super keen to eat any new young plants and if I am not careful they will destroy a new garden overnight.
  2. Snails do love eating lettuce and you can always entice them out of their hiding place by laying a few leaves around the area you need to protect. Once the snails appear you can re-locate them.
  3. Decaying food is something that can also attract them. So make sure you are not leaving any old soggy plants around the garden.
  4. They will also eat fruit. So it’s always a good idea to pick up any fallen fruit from under the tree as this is bound to be of interest to them.
  5. They will also eat damp newspaper and cardboard. In fact, many people leave that out at night to trap them underneath.

Bird netting around new plants works for me

I have found amazing success when dealing with garden pests by placing bird netting around the base of pots and young plants when the plants are young. It’s certainly a great way to keep snails and slugs away.

Once the plants are older I really find they are not as interested.

I place the bird netting all around the base of the pots right up against the side of the pot. These areas can often remain moist for long periods of time and can also attract slugs.

I have never had a snail climb over the bird netting to get to the plant – not once – 100% success.

It can look a little untidy in the beginning but as the plant grows the leaves tend to cover the visible netting.