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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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To protect the newly planted apple trees.
Meri Ann L on Apr 22, 2017
To deter my very healthy population of wild rabbits...
ROBERT B on Apr 15, 2017
To protect the newly planted apple trees.
Meri Ann L on Apr 22, 2017
protection from country varmints
john f on Apr 22, 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
To protect my trees from sunscald
Victoria L on Nov 12, 2016
To keep the rabbits from eating the bark off the trees this winter.
Dale S on Nov 10, 2016
i have a lot of deer and rabbits
steven J on Nov 6, 2016
Needed it. They were hard to find in local stores.
Elliot K on Nov 5, 2016
I live in the country and always have deer and rabbits in the yard. I want my trees to survive the critters and this way they are protected from chewing teeth so my trees can grow up healthy and strong.
SHANNON M on Nov 3, 2016
To protect our apple trees against bunny predations.
Thomas R on Oct 30, 2016
Karin N on Oct 26, 2016
to protect my young trees from winter damage
eugene s on Oct 20, 2016
Seemed like a good buy and will provide much needed protection from rabbits, and skunks and other critters.
Jane T on Oct 10, 2016
We have had some strange winters lately and want to give all the protection I can .
David C on Oct 6, 2016
save trees from animals
ROBERT H on Sep 8, 2016
To protect my new trees from the wind. We have LOTS of wind here in NM.
Diana A on Sep 8, 2016
These have worked well on my trees. The one plum tree without guards was stripped by our local bunnies!
James G on Sep 7, 2016
To help stop sun scald and keep the rabbits from chewing on the trunks of the young trees.
Robert B on Sep 7, 2016
To save the trees from the rabbits
Mark B on Sep 1, 2016
We have a healthy deer, rabbit and mole population - this will help our new trees to grow well.
CHRISTINE L on Jul 31, 2016
Have some. Need more. We have lots of bunnies this year and I'm guessing they might like to sample the bark on my young fruit trees.
Wally K on Jul 26, 2016
I wanted to protect my young Honeycrisp apple trees!
JOHNNY B on Jul 20, 2016
To protect from creatures that nibble fruit bark.
James S on Jul 17, 2016
We planted a new cherry tree and wanted to make sure neither our resident rabbits or deer would damage the trunk of our tree. Also wanted to make sure tree would not be damaged during mowing.
Trudy J on Jul 13, 2016
Ground squirrels,grey squirrels, rabbits, and deer, oh my! They just love my trees! I'm hoping to win this battle without resorting to violence!!!
Richard P H on Jul 10, 2016
To help with pests and sun damage
Theresa T on Jun 24, 2016
Great product
Christopher D on Jun 20, 2016
Used for years, protect from crazy weedeater driver, bark eating critters. Combine it with small fence for baby trees.
JAY G on Jun 16, 2016
protection from country varmints
john f on Apr 22, 2017
I have used these before and they work good.
Mike H on Apr 15, 2017
Is this for use all year or just winter months?
Stacey s on May 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We put them on before winter last year. We did not even take them so far this
year. I guess we can keep them on whole year.
They really protected the bottom part of the tree. We have some kind of
animals eating bark. So trees are not growing very well. So we used them.
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!
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.
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 bought mine to protect young trees from voles and skunks that were eating bark. These are only temporary, as they will constrict the tree as the trunk thickens. I do not believe they will solve your squirrel problem.
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.

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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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
Good product works well saves trees well worth the money
February 19, 2016
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
I received the item quickly and they (tree guards) are doing their job right now.
Yes, I would recommend anyone to use Stark for their trees and supplies.
February 18, 2016
1 year ago
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