Types of Tree Guards

Updated November 21, 2016

Deer and other animals can damage tree bark by chewing on it or scraping up against it. A tree guard is a useful device that can be installed around trees to protect them from damage from animals and also from landscaping equipment and other threats. Young trees especially benefit from the guards, which protect the vulnerable saplings until they grow strong and become established. There are several types of tree guards you can use depending on your needs.

Mesh Guards

Mesh guards have a natural curve to them and keep animals from nibbling on bark. The mesh is cut off of a larger roll of material with scissors or wire snips and wrapped around the tree trunk. The holes of the mesh are open enough so that water can drain and air can get to the base of the tree, preventing mould from growing.

Solid Plastic Tree Guards

Solid plastic tree guards cover the base of the tree completely and allow full protection against weeds, animals and insects. This type of guard is especially useful for sheltering new young trees that damage easily. It keeps away chemicals and pests as well as protects during transport and eliminates sucker growth.

Decorative Guards

Decorative guards are not just for decoration. These guards are made of wrought iron or some other metal and look similar to fencing. They can be small in diameter and wrap closely around the tree trunk or be further out and look like a small fence around the tree. The wider ones are normally used when the tree is in a planter, and the guard follows the edge of the planter.

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Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.