A tree guard is a useful installation for protecting shrubs and trees from external, damaging elements. Plants are vulnerable to various factors such as pests, currents and damage caused by passersby, particularly children. These factors can easily damage the stem/bark of a plant. The stem sustains the nutritional cycle of the plants and is responsible for producing new, bark tissue. Similarly, temperature extremes like frosting or sunscald can permanently damage the bark tissue. Most of the domestic gardens have plants grown in proximity to the passageway. Due to this, low-lying plants like shrubs become susceptible to common landscaping utilities such as lawnmowers and electrical trimmers. Most garden-supply stores sell branded tree-guards. However, you can easily make a tree guard at home, using some basic supplies and spares. Homemade tree guards are much cheaper than a retailed tree guard.
Understand Your Tree Guard Requirements
You need to evaluate the kind of plant that needs the added protection. While shrubs require lower tree guards, mature trees need taller and bigger tree guards. The kind of challenges for the proposed tree guard should also be evaluated. If rodents are a perennial problem in the garden, you need to reinforce the tree guards with wooden stakes. If the trees/shrubs have been planted near a grass spread that is often mowed, you need a sturdier tree guard. Homemade tree guards provide the chance of customizing the tree guard to answer such specific requirements. Use the following instructions to make our own tree guard:
Step 1—Getting Started
Among home-based options, plastic soda bottles provide great dexterity. They can be easily tied together and are immune to issues like rotting induced by moist, soil conditions. Further, plastic soda bottles don’t undergo drastic climate-induced changes. Due to their ease of availability and overall affordability, such tree guards can be periodically replaced without any apprehensions. Collect the bigger, soda bottles. This means soda bottles having a capacity of 2-liter or more are ideal for this project.
Step 2—Installing Tree Guard around Shrubs & Younger Plants
Slice-off the tapering neck and the closed, lower end of the battle. You can use a utility knife for this. This way, each bottle should look like a cylinder with two open sides. These can be used as tree guards for smaller plants like shrubs and young trees. Now, slide the hollowed bottles upon the stems of such plants. Don’t push the bottles or you may damage the plant. However, ensure that the bottle reaches the lower end of the plant so that it can be secured in the soil. Push the bottle into the soil. You can water the soil to make it easier to push-in the bottle. This protects the shrubs against borrowing rodents.
Step 3—Installing Tree Guard around Trees
Trees with mature barks need elaborate tree guards. Using gardening scissors, cut the hollowed soda bottles along their length. This way, you can craft each hollowed soda bottle into a slightly-curved, thick sheet-like item. Approximate the number of such sheets required for surrounding the circumference of a tree’s, lower bark. With a thick needle, puncture small holes along the bottom and top-end of the slit, soda bottles. Run a string through the top and bottom hole in each of these, stringing them into a circular shape. Place this circular, tree guard around the bark of the tree. Tie the string into strong knots. If you fear, children or animals overpowering these plastic-bodied tree guards, install small wooden stakes around the outer circumference of the tree guard.