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10/03/2012 at 17:46

Please help,

my rabbits have gotten into the area where I keep an apple and a pear tree - they are very young saplings at the minute but the bunnies have stripped the top layer off.  It is all fresh and vulnerable looking - is there anything I can heal and wrap it with?

I really want to save and help them...

20/05/2012 at 08:30

I have had the same problem  a couple of years ago when it was very cold with snaow on the ground  I bought  some capilliary matting that is used to sit oots on   I coated the outside with ordinary engine grease which you  can buy in a tin I then wrapped  the matting around the  bare area  taking it a few inches above the bare area  and just below ground level with the graease face outside. I secured it by wrapping thin nylon rope around the trees  at about 100mm intervals

I then gave the matting a good soaking from above I did not put grease on the top or bottm edges of the matting  The  idea  is to repalce the cappilliary action of the bark and stop the outer layer of the wood  drying out  Rain water running down the tree  seems to keep the matting  moist and the grease prevenst it losing moisture through evaporation

It has worked because the tree  had teh same ammount of fruit hat year  and in subsequent years

 On the other hand I ma have just been lucky!

21/05/2012 at 09:41

Many choices for protecting trees. Some more unsightly than others. A couple of turns of chicken wire are reasonably unbtrusive or, in my case, plastic trellis curled around the first couple of feet of trunk. A few years ago two young pear trees I planted were nearly killed by rabbits almost ring barking them. They really love young apple/pear bark but strangely left my plum trees alone. I don't have deer issues but they are worse, I understand.

21/05/2012 at 10:30

Or you can use commercial tree protectors, plastic tubes that you wrap around the base of the tree. Whatever you do, as long as the tree hasn't been ring-barked it'll survive.

21/05/2012 at 17:02

I have used the white plastic protectors for quite young trees but find that you need to keep an eye on it over the months and early years. They will mark the tree as it grows. Also fast growers often resent the slight constriction around the base of the trunk and throw out roots outside of the protector. Soon the protector is enveloped by the growing trunk and impossible to remove... which can't be good for its future development. I'm really talking about when you want to plant a patch of woodland or orchard but the need for monitoring is common sense.

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