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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?
Stark Bro's Store
To protect my new fruit trees from wildlife
Susan H on Oct 13, 2019
The seem to be a requirement for my area to keep any fruit tree alive.
Susan D W on Oct 6, 2019
To protect my new fruit trees from wildlife
Susan H on Oct 13, 2019
Rabbits are eating the bark on my Japanese Maples during the winter.
Renee S on Oct 9, 2019
The seem to be a requirement for my area to keep any fruit tree alive.
Susan D W on Oct 6, 2019
I protect my trees from the deer & cattle with wire cages, but these guards work well for the little rabbits.
Phil K on Aug 31, 2019
I chose these because they protect young trees from weed-eater and lawn mower damage, which can kill them.
Julie B on Aug 3, 2019
I want to make sure my trees are protected as much as possible.
Desiree L on Jul 27, 2019
Great endurable tree protection
Brenda A on Jul 27, 2019
Thought it might help them not to get run over by mower
Debra C on Jul 14, 2019
Some kind of varmint around here (not sure what) likes to girdle young trees.
Brian J on Jul 6, 2019
To protect my smaller trees from animals
xavier p on Jun 15, 2019
100 degrees here this week and next...and need some trunk protection for new trees
Gary M on Jun 13, 2019
They protect the trees both from gnawing critters, but also from someone mowing too close.
Sue A M on Jun 12, 2019
sun and high wind protection for young trees.
Diana O on Jun 10, 2019
Neverending problems with rabbits, deer and other varmints that like to gnaw on my trees.
JAY W on Jun 5, 2019
Couldn't find any of these anywhere else I looked, so rather than waste anymore time, and because I wanted a more permanent solution than a home remedy like paper, I decided to get these as soon as possible for my trees' protection.
Corey W on Jun 2, 2019
I need these so they won't get chopped when my husband cuts the grass!
Virginia W on May 31, 2019
keep trees protected from varmints
phyllis r on May 27, 2019
I chose the tree guards to protect my Apple trees from chipmunks. They routinely climb the trees and nibble the tops of the apples, ruining them. I've used them before to protect young trees from rabbits and they worked very well.
Rose T on May 25, 2019
If I buy a tree, I want to give it the best chance to survive.
CoraVee C on May 23, 2019
Need to stop critters from chewing on our tree trunks
V L G on May 18, 2019
Keeps our cats from using the trees as a scratching post.
David D on May 16, 2019
To protect my trees. I couldn???t find them locally in a store.
Elisha L on May 15, 2019
Lots of deer roam through our yard
Mary T on May 13, 2019
needed to protect new trees from deer, rabbits,mice, and sun scald
Karl K on May 6, 2019
Good price, product was just what I was looking for!
Peter H on May 3, 2019
We have used this on our other young trees. It helped protect them from the lawn mower.
Brenda S on Apr 30, 2019
Hopefully it will help with boring insects.
Yvonne C on Mar 30, 2019
protection from pets
Douglas K on Mar 25, 2019
I have a lot of gophers that get my trees.
mary s on Mar 18, 2019
I use these and needed more.
PHYLLIS C on Mar 16, 2019
I've found these to work incredibly well for fighting rodent gnawing and rabbit/groundhog chewing. Also fights off sun scalding. Easy and quick to install to any tree I've ordered.
Ty M on Mar 15, 2019
Prevention from rabbit damage.
Ariel C on Mar 11, 2019
rabbits and deer
Linda W on Mar 1, 2019
To protect trees from animals biting them!
Ashley B on Feb 22, 2019
We live on a farm and have many animals to guard against. Thought we would give these a try!
Bonnie R on Feb 22, 2019
I have wildlife that I want to deter from rubbing or eating the bark.
Sharon K on Feb 4, 2019
We have wild rabbits.
William A on Jan 27, 2019
these work great to protect against mice and rabbits girdling the trees
alvin m on Jan 17, 2019
Tree guards help prevent rabbit damage to young trees.
KATHRYN W on Jan 16, 2019
To protect recently planted trees.
John Z on Nov 13, 2018
To protect my young fruit trees from wildlife.
Brian J F on Nov 9, 2018
your recommendation
BRENDA C on Nov 7, 2018
Keep rodents from messing with trees.
Kyle P on Nov 5, 2018
I have 4 young fruit trees that need them
Theresa R on Nov 4, 2018
rabbit guard
Mark H on Nov 1, 2018
I have 2 young apple trees and a new dogwood (planted this Spring). Last winter, rabbits chewed the bark of one of my apple trees, girdling it, which killed it. I had tried wrapping the paper tape around the trees, but it only slowed the rabbits down a bit. Have replaced the dead tree, and am not risking another attack this winter! These tree guards were recommended to me by an arborist whom I trust.
KAREN H on Oct 22, 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
Rabbits are eating the bark on my Japanese Maples during the winter.
Renee S on Oct 9, 2019
I protect my trees from the deer & cattle with wire cages, but these guards work well for the little rabbits.
Phil K on Aug 31, 2019
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!
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.
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: //
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.
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.
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.
Do these tree guards protect from deer rubbing ?
Dennis B on Jun 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have no reason to think that they would. Keeping deer totally away from the trees with woven-wire fence in 12" circles around the trunk has worked well for me in the past.
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
What diameter tree can these be used on?
Alice K on Sep 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: from pencil size on up to 3-4 inches in diameter. I put mine on pencil size and left them on and as the tree grows in girth it sort of expands along with the growth. My Fuji apple tree is about 4 inches in diameter after two springs. Hope that helps.
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
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.
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!
how far up the trunk should the guard extend?
Dennis B on May 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It depends on how much snow you get in the winter time. Rabbits hop on top of the snow, and if the snow level is higher than your guard, the rabbit has a chance of nibbling the bark away.
Will it discourage squirrels?
Mark W on Apr 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Do you mean from climbing or chewing? Squirrels might have a more difficult time climbing your tree if it has a tree guard wrap, but they might be able to climb it by hooking their claws onto the edges of the tree guard wrap. I purchased the tree guard to discourage rabbits from chewing all the bark off my young fruit trees in the winter. It worked. It also helps prevent sun scald in the summer.
Can these protect against deer antlers?
Rudy W on Nov 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They can not really protect the bark if the deer is persistent, but I have found that they don't like the feel of them and tend to move on to something else before much damage is done. The only foolproof way to stop them chewing and rubbing with their antlers is to put small wire fences around young trees in my area.
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.
Would this tree guard work for big tree (diameter about the size of big SUV tire)? If yes how much do I need for a height of 10 feet?
jack s on Sep 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Jack, The 40" Stark Tree Guards should work to protect your tree. I suggest getting starting with one package of 3. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!
Do the tree guards also work as a protection from the wind?
Csilla on Apr 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, they do not. They protect against sunscald and nibbling critters. All young trees should be staked until their root system is strong enough to anchor the tree in a strong wind, 2-3 years.
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 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.

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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 3 years ago
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 3 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 4 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 4 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 3 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 3 years ago
Good product works well saves trees well worth the money
February 19, 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 3 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 3 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 4 years ago