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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 my young trees
Bob U on Jan 19, 2021
I needed to order something inexpensive for free shipping, and sun scorch is a problem here. Always a good idea to protect young trees when we can, however earwigs seem to make these things their home.
Michael C on Jan 9, 2021
To protect my young trees
Bob U on Jan 19, 2021
Keep off critters and prevent sun scald.
Paul M on Jan 18, 2021
I needed to order something inexpensive for free shipping, and sun scorch is a problem here. Always a good idea to protect young trees when we can, however earwigs seem to make these things their home.
Michael C on Jan 9, 2021
Need these to protect my new trees. Many deer around.
Bernard C on Jan 3, 2021
Great price!
Ellika F on Jan 3, 2021
We have wildlife that can damage trees. I have also had dogs inadvertently damage young trees. Hoping this will help protect them.
Jennifer C on Dec 29, 2020
Want to give my new trees the best chance to survive by protecting them.
SHELLEY M on Dec 29, 2020
We just purchased some trees and because we are a fruit farm we know that tree wraps are essential for new trees.
Carol W on Dec 28, 2020
Essential for keeping rabbits from nibbling on the trunks.
ALAN J on Dec 12, 2020
Stark protector
Michael R on Dec 4, 2020
to protect my investment
adrian b on Dec 4, 2020
WAYNE E on Nov 30, 2020
A very good product to keep the rabbits from girdling the young trees. Also keeps sun off the tender bark. Very good product.
Luka P on Nov 27, 2020
Mice eating bark
Julia M on Nov 13, 2020
winter rabbit guard on young trees
ken g on Nov 11, 2020
Same as guards
Micheal M on Nov 1, 2020
Perhaps I won't use it. I'm thinking of deer protection.Maybe I'll use fence posts; something to prevent their rubbing bark from the trunk.
James F. T on Nov 1, 2020
Need protection for apple trees in winter against sun scald.
Melissa V on Oct 30, 2020
Deer problems
Frank T on Oct 30, 2020
winter protection
Li H on Oct 30, 2020
I need these for my larger aspen and cherry trees, which have a diameter of about eight inches. The rigid guards no longer fit.
Lauran Y on Oct 21, 2020
Protect from the Sun
Mark B on Oct 18, 2020
I have a new Juneberry tree that I plan to plant soon and I don't want the rabbits to eat on the bark over winter.
NANCYK C on Oct 16, 2020
I just planted some young trees
Patricia W on Oct 15, 2020
I need them
Marion H on Oct 9, 2020
small trees, deer problem
Robert L on Oct 4, 2020
Needed a little extra for free shipping
Ryan K on Oct 3, 2020
I have had former fruit trees eaten to the ground by deer and rabbits. I???m combining the trunk guard with fencing this time!
Carol H on Sep 28, 2020
Protect my trees from rabbits
Terry G on Sep 23, 2020
I like the design and their ability to flex.
Douglas S on Sep 20, 2020
Want to protect my new fruit trees and give them their best chance of thriving!
Angela A on Aug 26, 2020
I live in Arizona.
Martin S on Aug 24, 2020
I needed them for my fruit trees.
Dolly W on Aug 19, 2020
I have bought these in the past and they are very sturdy. They do a great job of protecting our fruit trees from deer rubbing them.
Lisa S on Aug 12, 2020
My trees just arrived WAY earlier than expected and I can hardly wait to get them planted but I worry about rabbits, squirrels and sloths chewing the tiny trunks.My pet bobcat usually keeps these critters away but sometimes he likes to cat around.
David N on Aug 5, 2020
needed item
RONALD B on Jul 27, 2020
Word in these streets is that these tree guards are a MUST if you want to protect your investment, especially if there are critters abound. There are critters ???abound??? in my yard & neighborhood as if I live in the forest. I don???t. I can???t speak for anyone else but I???d rather spend the extra few dollars being prepared & not need them than find myself unprepared & needing them.
Nasiruddin on Jul 22, 2020
Squirrels teething on trees so when I'm not there I have protection on the trees.
Timothy Z on Jul 17, 2020
We have many rabbits.
kevin w on Jul 16, 2020
I bought these as a layer of protection for our investment.
Tericia A on Jul 15, 2020
To prevent girdling.
Jim S on Jul 8, 2020
Testing to see how well this works as I am establishing a new family farm orchard. If it does great???not just good???then I will order more.
Rhonda H on Jul 8, 2020
2nd year stubbs need protection from rabbits and SW disease.
Ken on Jul 5, 2020
I wanted to protect delicate trees from rabbits and other critters.
Kate H on Jul 1, 2020
I need it.
Esther R on Jul 1, 2020
They're supposed to keep animals from gnawing on the trunks.
SHARON C on Jun 24, 2020
I hope to protect my trees from the harsh New Mexico sun and my pesky squirrels.
Amy M on Jun 24, 2020
Just another layer of protection from the sun.
Jo M on Jun 20, 2020
Safeguard trunk from elements and critters
Elizabeth M on Jun 14, 2020
I need these reusable tree guards to prevent danage or destruction to my young fig plants!
Ron O on Jun 11, 2020
Keep off critters and prevent sun scald.
Paul M on Jan 18, 2021
Need these to protect my new trees. Many deer around.
Bernard C on Jan 3, 2021
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.
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 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.
Do these tree guards help to keep squirrels out of the trees? I have a horrendous squirrel problem. In 2 years although my apricot trees have been wonderfully overloaded with fruit, I have yet to harvest 1 for myself!! The squirrels seem to get all of them
Randi on Jan 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I recommend trapping for the squirrels. There are many humane devices that can be used for the squirrels and other pests. Use some of the fruit as bait and they will surely get caught. Try the squirrelanator.... Yes it is an actual trap. Very easy to use and no assembly required.
will this prevent squirrels from climbing the trees?
ron d on Jun 10, 2018
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.
Is the size the length?
Albert S on Apr 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is.
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.
Does this have any effect against damage by deer rubbing antlers on young tree trunks? If not what can you recommend?
Anne M on Jan 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Mine have provided protection, but only where they provide coverage. I did have one partial removed from rubbing, but there was no harm to the tree. I now protect my trees with cages.
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.
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
Please consider offering your tree gards in a more neutral light brown color (UV fade resistant) as the white wraps ruin the natural appearance of our edible landscape! Would you do this for us?
Denice C on Jan 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I would use the neutral brown color also...the white ones saved my Apple trees from the deer and rabbits!!!
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!
Do the tree guards protect against voles?
Robert C on Aug 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: My understanding is that voles eat the roots of plants. The tree guard would not stop that from happening. The guards would stop rabbits or other animals from taking a bite out of the tree trunk.
Are all of the tree guards the same diameter.....just some longer ?
Eric M on Jan 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they are all the same diameter and fit comfortable around the trees I ordered.
We planted our apple trees from Stark Brothers 2 years ago now and all has gone well. WE have rabbits i our yard that had gotten trees in the past but with these tree guards the trees were protected and have grown quite nicely.
At what tree stem diameter does one not need to apply a spiral plastic tree guard?
F. D on Dec 2, 2020
I quit using the guards because trunks were rotting from water trapped. Now I paint the trunks with 50/50 mix of white latex paint and water, Wire protection can be placed several inches away from trunk if mice, rabbits, etc are a winter problem.
What to use on a chewed apple tree?
denny on Apr 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately this is a pretty unspecific question; meaning, what chewed it and where is it chewed. If the lower truck was chewed by rabbits, you could use the Starks Tree Guard which is a plastic spiral wrap designed to guard the truck from sun scald but will also stop accidental string trimmer damage and rabbits. If the branch and twig tips are chewed off, you probably have a deer problem unless the tree was in deep snow and then it may be rabbits again. If it was the twig ends and is deer damage, you will need to fence the tree or use some repellents, which are also available from Stark's. Good luck.
Bob L.
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.
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.....
How wide of a trunk (caliper) will these fit?
Lee V on Aug 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I would use these up to a one and a quarter inch trunk.. very satisfied how well they've lasted.
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.
When do you expect to get the 10" tree guards in stock? I had them in my cart and now they are not available. Thank you.
Ann A on Jan 6, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. I show they are available to ship the week on 1/10/21.
how long before the persimmon fruit tree bear fruit ?
Bruna C on Nov 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 3-4 years to bear.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
For a 3 - 4" diameter tree what size tree guard should I buy?
Tina L on Nov 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We recommend using the 10 or the 20" for this size.

Customer Reviews

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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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 4 years ago
Good product works well saves trees well worth the money
February 19, 2016
over 5 years ago