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Rabbits chew. The sun scalds. In each case, the result is the same: a badly damaged tree. Tree Guards are an easy way to protect the tender bark of young trees.

Light-weight and heavy-duty! These perforated plastic spirals are easy to use and last for years. Apply just after planting – a time when young trees need protecting most. Adjust the coil throughout the year to make sure it hasn’t become too tight against the trunk and to remove any grass that’s grown inside. Avoid hitting tree guards with string trimmers or other lawn equipment, which can decimate a tree guard and girdle trees – a leading cause of tree mortality. Use tree guards in conjunction with our Tree Circles as a foundation for healthy trees!

  • 10" for columnar trees
  • 20" for young trees
  • 40" for larger trees

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Why did you choose this?
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Rabbits can be hungry in the winter. I've used these before with my Stark cherry trees, and liked them.
Linda B on Oct 13, 2018
To help protect trees
SHARON F on Sep 30, 2018
Rabbits can be hungry in the winter. I've used these before with my Stark cherry trees, and liked them.
Linda B on Oct 13, 2018
Keep those voles from girdling the trees!
Phaedra B on Oct 8, 2018
To help protect trees
SHARON F on Sep 30, 2018
Protect our new trees from rabbits/rodents
Barbara G on Sep 23, 2018
Successful using to prevent sun damage to bark especially in the winter for past 8 years. Added new trees so I need more guards.
SUZANNE K on Sep 12, 2018
to help with extreme heat and cold
Ronda C on Sep 4, 2018
Gotta protect those baby trees!
Suzanne M on Jul 25, 2018
Affordable adjustable tree guards.
Phillip C on Jul 13, 2018
To protect my fruit trees, they had great reviews
Ashlee R on May 8, 2018
The wascally wabbits love to chew the bark off of young trees up to a height of 24 inches
Joshua S on Apr 28, 2018
I chose these tree guards for a couple of reasons. One, they work and expand with the growth of the tree. Two, they can be cut to the needed length and the short cut pieces can still be combined to protect another tree, a no brainer!
Joseph L on Apr 28, 2018
I saw a pack of deer in my yard today... hopefully these will keep them from chewing down my new trees.
Joseph K on Apr 24, 2018
I have sheep, lots of deer and neighbor goats. Enough said.
Diane M on Apr 7, 2018
Used on previous fruit trees and like them
John G on Mar 4, 2018
Protect against rabbits and extreme cold in early Spring.
Gwen S on Dec 11, 2017
for protection from rats and voles
LINDA G on Sep 5, 2017
I chose to purchase the tree guards again to protect my existing and new trees against rabbit chewing. This past winter, I had a real problem with rabbits.
K Renee T on Aug 23, 2017
When I planted two young plum trees in the spring, I thought I wouldn't need protection from rabbits till winter and put off getting these tree guards. Wrong decision! Even though there was plenty of other rabbit food around, the nibbling started on the bark. Put these on your trees right after planting!
DONNA R on Aug 15, 2017
We do get snow in this area and have problems with mice and rabbits. I saw that it helps to protect our new fruit trees from the damage that they can cause,
Jaye M on Jun 13, 2017
To keep the rabbits in my yard from chewing on my young trees this winter.
Bernard L on Jun 4, 2017
Rabbits. Mice. Chipmunks. The bane of fruit trees everywhere will be foiled this season despite their voracious appetites!
Michelle P on May 26, 2017
We have lots of ground squirrels that like to gnaw on young tree trunks. The tree guards do a good job of protecting the young trees.
KATHY B on May 15, 2017
Even in a populated area as our neighborhood, the wildlife population is also great. Many furry visitors at night thru our backyard.
Marian S D on May 11, 2017
Rabbits destroyed my apple trees. Should of had these when I first planted the trees.
Bonnie W on May 10, 2017
We have tons of rabbits, so we need protection for our new trees.
Betty S on Apr 28, 2017
Previously purchased some 20 inch tree guards and they seemed to work well so ordered more 40 inch tree guards
LYDIA F on Apr 26, 2017
To deter my very healthy population of wild rabbits...
ROBERT B on Apr 15, 2017
I have used these before and they work good.
Mike H on Apr 15, 2017
Rabbits, squirrels, 'nuff said!
Linda F on Apr 11, 2017
There are lots of vermin where I live. And, it can get pretty windy. I want to give my new trees as much protection and support as possible.
Jenny S on Apr 10, 2017
protect my new trees - I have learned from many years of planting/growing fruit threes that the ones with the tree guards increase in diameter and size much faster than the ones without
BRUCE H on Apr 6, 2017
Internet search led me to something more durable than tree wrap, and also being white I thought it better than black wrap for all year use in the hot south.
Keith K on Apr 3, 2017
To keep critters from girdling trees.
Craig E on Apr 3, 2017
I buy these every time I get new trees. It really keeps the trees nice from the rabbits (and when my kids mow the grass).
Jennifer K on Apr 2, 2017
These make a huge difference in protecting little trees from the sun to rodents and rabbits.
Anna M on Mar 17, 2017
We have an abundance of wildlife, even in the city.
Connie J on Mar 9, 2017
Sun scalding, deer, rabbits, moles, voles, anything I can do to give my investment in trees a good head start.
Rolf G on Mar 6, 2017
Lost trees by not covering them
Robert W on Mar 5, 2017
Protect from wildlife.
Bruce B on Mar 4, 2017
I like rabbits but I like my expensive young trees more.
Ron G on Mar 4, 2017
Have to keep the rabbits away in winter.
PAM F on Mar 2, 2017
Rabbits in yard.
Harold B on Feb 26, 2017
My daughter has a dog that likes to chew on trees. We also have skunks and porcupines which chew on the bark and gird young trees so they die.
GARY B on Feb 21, 2017
Our rabbits were chewing the tree trunks of the fruit trees. We needed a safe guard for them and to prevent injury to the trees. When I prune the fruit trees, I scatter some of the pieces throughout the yard in the winter for the bunnies to chew.
A R on Jan 29, 2017
Trees are planted near the woods and need the extra protection from rabbits and mice.
Nick E on Jan 29, 2017
Had these to protect the tree from small animals
Mike S on Jan 29, 2017
Like and have used before.
GAIL C on Jan 20, 2017
I bumped my total up to where I would have free shipping.
Joseph M on Jan 15, 2017
To keep wild life from destroying my young trees.
Linda H on Dec 16, 2016
Seems the best choice for protecting my young apple trees. I shopped all around town and they were all some type of mesh or wire. I like the the fact that they are expandable so it will accommodate my growing trees. I just planted five stark bros apple trees and this is my first venture! Peach and cherry are next on the list. I hope the guards work as well as advertised.
Heather W on Nov 23, 2016
Keep those voles from girdling the trees!
Phaedra B on Oct 8, 2018
Protect our new trees from rabbits/rodents
Barbara G on Sep 23, 2018
Is this for use all year or just winter months?
Stacey s on May 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: i keep mine on year round. since they are white they do not draw heat from the sun during our very hot summers. they also afford protection from our cute little wild rabbits that devastate mu lilies! i will be purchasing more for our new fruit trees.
How would these work protecting against beavers?
Linda Colgan on Apr 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Linda! Now that's quite a situation! Most likely, beavers will not like the
tree guard, but it is only about 16 inches tall! Beavers can easily reach above
that to chew your tree. The guard is only usable for 3 to 4 years and then it is too small and has to be removed. Once again, your tree is at risk. I suggest that you purchase 1/2 inch wire "hardware cloth" (it's not 'cloth', it's heavy wire screening), and make a sleeve as tall as you can to cover the young trunk. Wire the cut edges together so it can't open. You may have to make taller ones as your tree grows and you prune out the small limbs that are too close to the ground.
Good luck!
Should the Tree Guards be placed at the soil line, or only above the graft?
Kim0603 on Apr 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Think like a rabbit and a mouse. Mice eat the living tissue just beneath the bark below the snow line and the rabbits eat it above the snow line. Ask yourself how far down, close to the soil each of these critters can get and you will have your answer. Based on my rabbit experience last winter, I am thinking I need to put tree guards on the lower limbs of some trees as well as the trunk.
Will all kinds of ants attack the fruit on trees?
MARY Z on Jun 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You do not indicate where you live, but in 4 season climates, ants do not invade fruits on trees. One exception might be if there was damaged fruit on a tree. Damage might be from hail or a bird pecking the fruit and then the ants may detect that and invade the fruit. Ants don't have the capacity to cause a hole in fruit. They can only 'invade' it after injury is already caused.
can the 40" be cut to use on a tree that is 27 inches?
Linda H on Aug 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they can be cut to any length. However, If you have side limbs that you plan to be in the area of your tree guard, they will be difficult to fit in. Tree guards are meant for clear spans of tree trunk, not especially side limbs.
What diameter tree can these be used on?
Alice K on Sep 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: i've used them up to about 2 & 1/2 in. ( a tight fit).
Will the guards help protect from insects?
Dianne J on Jul 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Probably not- it???s just a
Loose wrap around product
Do these tree guards protect from deer rubbing ?
Dennis B on Jun 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I like the tree guards for protection from chewing by rodents. I think they help a bit for deer protection but a determined buck will just rub above the guard. I normally use both the tree guard plus a fence. Of course we have a lot of deer in my area.
I have six tree hydrangeas planted last year with about three feet trunks, can these guards be installed on top of each other as the deer is already chewing off the bark ?
Flemming J on Jun 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Michael R. is correct. If you punch a small hole in the connecting ends of each guard and tie them together with a piece of twine that will keep them from separating/sliding apart. There are also 40" length guards available: //
Are they thick enough to hold up?
John M on Apr 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have found them to be substantial and able to last three years now with
no sign of deterioration. I think the design is quite ingenious!
I have a bigger tree..medium trunk..will it work to keep squirrels from climbing my tree to my feeders?
Sharon W on May 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I had a squirrel eat the only peach I had on my Redhaven - that was the only one left after our early spring freezing rain last year. Haven't tried it yet, but this year I'm going to purchase those large round plastic saucers that you put under plants. split it half the diameter of the saucer - drill a large hole in the center to accommodate the trunk of the tree - tape the inside where the split was made - drill 2 hole in the top to thread some string thru them so it can hang from the branches - almost like the squirrel baffle you see on bird feeders. Just make sure your tree is not too close to other trees where those pesky squirrels can jump limb to limb or the branches aren't too low to the ground. Wish me luck.
will this prevent squirrels from climbing the trees?
ron d on Jun 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No I wouldn???t think they would keep squirrels away, but they are very effective at protecting young trees from mower equipment. I use a light bird netting over the tree to protect the fruit from squirrels.
our new babies cherry trees came and so did the wind ,when should i put tree guard on afraid it will rub and damage these little whips.?Also the bamboo sticks were broken when we received them the wind is brutal so worried about putting new ones they rub whips and growth help me mister wizard..?
leeann e on May 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: About a month after I planted my young dwarf Japanese persimmon tree 1 1/2 years ago, I decided to put the tree guard on to protect the young tree trunk from chewing by rabbit, deer or other critters. I am glad I did because my young tree is growing well. It is windy here too but it never did affect the tree because the bamboo stick does help support it. I recommend you to put another bamboo stick to replace the damage stick so that the young tree get its needed support. Good luck with your babies cherry trees.....
does tree guard protect against tree borers?
kindly on Jan 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, in fact, borers look for crevices and cracks to lay eggs. Tree guards protect thin bark like on fruit trees from sun scald and may deter chewing animals.
Which size for first year dwarf Apple trees?
J P on May 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You can get the smallest size for non-columnar trees, which is 20".
These sizes 10 20 and 40
Are the diameter of tree trunk or length of the tree wrap?
Syed R on May 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: These are for young trees; the measurements indicate the length of the tree guard.
Is the size the length?
Albert S on Apr 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is.
Will these work on branches? Squirrels are chewing my Peppermint Willow tree branches, not the trunk.
Jo M on Mar 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They will work on any trunk or limb you'd like to protect.
Is there a maximum width of the trunk where these still remain effective?
Larry H on May 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The coil itself is about an 1.5 inches in diameter unused. It will expand a bit beyond that, but I'd estimate that, once the tree's trunk grows larger than 2-3 inches, then it's time to consider painting the trunk below the lowest branches with a 50/50 mixture of white latex paint and water instead of trying to continue to utilize the tree guard.

Customer Reviews

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tree guard
Excellent. Purchased larger one and cut to size. Way better than wrap. Protects young trees and allows you to mulch and rake without concern of damaging trunk. Held up well over winter. Recommend.
February 22, 2016
over 2 years ago
I purchased some of these the first year that I planted some fruit trees but I did not have enough for all of them. Unfortunately, one of them had the bark chewed off by deer that are very prevalent in out area. I immediately purchased more of them for this winter so that I am able to protect all of my dwarf fruit trees. I would not be without them ever again.
February 18, 2016
over 3 years ago
They work.
I've used these for 30+ years and they work. I've used these things many time on every fruit tree I've ever planted and no damage ever from freezing, rabbits, etc.
March 12, 2016
over 2 years ago
Works Greats
After I put these on my trees, all the rabbits gathered around, looking puzzled. They tried to chew more bark off my fruit trees and were left picking plastic out of their teeth. Now they live at the neighbor's house.
April 11, 2016
over 2 years ago
Great product
We planted two dwarf fruit tress last fall. The tree guards fit perfectly, and are keeping the rabbits away. The guards are especially useful as winter and spring protection.
February 24, 2016
over 2 years ago
Stark's service and product.
5 stars on speedy delivery, service and the tree trunk protecting spirals. They are the best I have ever used. They go on easy and I can see they will last forever. No more sun splitting the bark on my young fruit trees.
The only regret, is I should have bought more with that order.

62 year old gardener and small orchard owner in SW Washington State.
May 22, 2016
over 2 years ago
Tree Guards
I use tree guards on all smaller trees to keep buck deer from rubbing the bark off
and killing the trees. These tree guards are are the best I know of.
February 28, 2016
over 3 years ago
Stark Tree Guards
I would recommend this product for young trees. It was not tall enough for the entire trunk, and sometimes I had to use two tree guards to cover the exposed trunk; but over all it saved our young tree trunks from the deer. Thanks.
February 20, 2016
over 2 years ago
Great item and a good price
Not only were they helpful in protecting my young apple trees from critters but also helped me spot them. I have a large yard and wooded area behind my property so these small trees blended in. With these white tree guards in place it made them highly visible when looking outside. I appreciated being able to see them when I have a yard full of children and dogs so I know they aren't getting knocked over or damaged accidentally.
March 3, 2016
over 3 years ago
Good product works well saves trees well worth the money
February 19, 2016
over 2 years ago