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4-foot Tree Tubes

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5 translucent, vented, polyethylene tubes. Tree Protective Shelters


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5 translucent, vented, polyethylene tubes. Tree Protective Shelters

Diameter: 3.5"
Height: 48" 

Tree Tubes are a very effective method to protect deciduous trees from rabbits, deer, and mechanical injuries.  The tubes are a 4-foot tall, translucent polyethylene cylinder which allow enough light transmission to reach the seedling, but are a thick enough to prevent injuries from such things as rabbits, deer browsing and rubbing, and mechanical injuries from weed eaters or lawnmowers that often occur to seedlings and small diameter trees.  While tree tubes are designed for use on deciduous trees, they are not to be used on shrubs or evergreen seedlings.

In addition to providing protection from injury, the tubes also create a "mini-greenhouse" for the seedlings which increase survival and growth.  Because the tubes physically restrain the seedlings from outward growth, the seedlings focus on upward growth and often will begin growing out the tops of the tubes after only 2-3 years of being protected.  Although the protected trees will be much taller than an unprotected tree, because the plants are not subjected to the wind, the tree's diameter will be much smaller than if it were growing unprotected.  Therefore, if the tube is removed soon after the seedling begins to grow out the top, it will not be large enough in diameter to support itself and the seedling will fall over. Therefore it is important to leave the tube on the plants until the tree largely fills the cavity of the tube.  Not only can tubes be used on newly planted seedlings, but they can also be installed on older stock that has been severely damaged.  For example, tubes can be placed over an older seedling that has been heavily browsed by deer. 

Tree tubes are 4 feet tall and approximately 4-6 inches around.  They are sold in multiples of 5's and come with a stake and zip-ties to anchor and support the tube.  To establish, simply place the tube over the plant so that the vents (the pre-drilled holes in the tubes) are at the top.  Slide the provided stake through the zip-ties and pound the stake into the ground at least 12 inches are more until the stake and tube feel secure. It is advised to periodically check the tree tubes to insure that wildlife or weather have not loosened the stake, thus allowing the tree tube to begin rubbing on the seedling which may create damage to the seedling. If your area has a high deer population, consider going with the 5' tree tubes to better protect against heavy deer traffic.

Includes 5 oak stakes (60" height) and zip ties to anchor the tube. For maximum security and protection from wind, place stake on south side of tree tube.

Bluebirds can enter the top of the tube and become stuck, so it is recommended to cover the tops of the tubes with cheesecloth or another vented material to prevent entry.

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  1. Tree Tubes Stakes

    Posted by NEK Forester on 17th May 2015

    The tubes work great- no major complaints. I've installed several thousand and have been impressed with how the trees perform compared to tress without tubes. Had an issue with coyotes chewing on the tubes several years ago. Mice had built nests inside the tubes. What a mess.

    The stakes are another issue. Some of the stakes have knots throughout and split rather easily when hit with a mallet or fence post pounder. Can be very dangerous- wear good leather gloves!!!!! Then you’re left with a short stake to try and hold up the tube. On the 5' tubes, the zip ties could be longer to allow the stake to slide down thru easier. If working with gloves on, I'll have to take the gloves off to loosen the zip tie so the stake will easily go down thru the zip ties and then put gloves back on. Maybe I have fat fingers, but the length of the zip ties could be longer.

    Overall, I would rate the 4' and 5' tubes as a 4 stars out of 5. The 4' and 5' stakes would be rated at 3.5 stars out of 5.

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