Contact Us800.325.4180Live Chat Free shipping on orders over $125!
A Note from Stark Bro's on Coronavirus (COVID-19) »

Stark® Tree Guards

Qty
FREE Shipping
on orders of $125+*

Description

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

Shipping Information

Estimated Delivery Date

Our Promise of Satisfaction

1 Year Warranty

Every order comes with our promise of satisfaction. If you aren't completely satisfied with your order, let us know within one year for a free one-time replacement or refund.

Tags

We've 'tagged' this item with specific keywords that help you find other products that share features or characteristics with this one. Select a tag below to view all the items that have that particular trait.

Questions & Answers

Start typing your question and we'll check if it was already asked and answered. Learn More
Browse 37 questions Browse 37 questions and 146 answers
Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
To prevent girdling.
Jim S on Jul 8, 2020
2nd year stubbs need protection from rabbits and SW disease.
Ken on Jul 5, 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
it was suggested
Karen A on Jun 8, 2020
Very useful in saving the tender bark of trees.
Gina J on Jun 6, 2020
Keeping the lawn service from damaging our precious fruit trees!
Sandra O on Jun 5, 2020
to protect fruit trees
Peggy I on Jun 5, 2020
For fruit and nut trees
Kimberly P on Jun 5, 2020
LOOKS CUTE ON THE TREES
Eric P on Jun 3, 2020
because, my trees deserve every chance... may the gods have mercy on their souls lol. dessert dry and hot with no to little shade in the city.... plus critters and insects ??? I will never give up <3
Leslie A on May 25, 2020
To protect our trees from critters.
Elizabeth F on May 22, 2020
I bought these to protect my new trees from the weed trimmer and from rabbits in the winter,
Linda R on May 20, 2020
Rabbits have taken out small trees years ago!!
Jonathan O on May 11, 2020
we have lots of deer in our wooded back yard
Suzzanne on May 11, 2020
I can't find decent trunk protectors in Reno. These look like they will work as the tree trunks get larger.
Dennis D on May 10, 2020
Need to guard several trees that will be planted in yard further from house and in rabbit habitat.
Melissa M on May 6, 2020
My Orchards are located in old cattle feeding grounds and the rodents think anything planted there is for them to chew. These tree guards have saved more than 50 trees that would have been lost to the mice and moles, etc. Combined with a fence around each new tree, the tree guards protect against small critters and the fence runs off the deer in the fall. I put them both on every new tree.
Kirsten H on May 2, 2020
Deer
Michael M on May 2, 2020
Careless lawn care people.
Rolfe H on Apr 29, 2020
Saw a video of tree graft damage from changes in weather temperature and he recommended using this type of guard on young trees.
Laura C on Apr 29, 2020
good protection rabbits and deer
James F on Apr 29, 2020
Protecting new tree
Jerome H on Apr 28, 2020
Take Note: "A note to those who mow, garden - Here is a treasure"
Deborah P on Apr 26, 2020
Protect trees from deer and rabbits
Laura S on Apr 25, 2020
Sun damage to existing trees. Looks like a promising product.
Mark B on Apr 23, 2020
We get frequent visits of a few deer and/or young elk. They???ve chomped on our young
Aspen trees during the Winter and early Spring. Hopefully the tree guards will be a deterrent.
Lainie on Apr 21, 2020
For my new tree
Thomas B on Apr 19, 2020
Because it was recommended.
Erica E on Apr 18, 2020
to address damage from deer, mice and rabbits
RICKY W on Apr 15, 2020
Bunny
Kent J on Apr 11, 2020
Rabbits
Stan B on Apr 10, 2020
Need bought several trees from you guys!!
Denise D on Apr 6, 2020
protection for young trees
Ray B on Apr 5, 2020
don't want any thing to bark up my trees.
J A on Apr 4, 2020
I have used them before
Mark S on Apr 3, 2020
Deer and rats and mice protection!
Philip F on Apr 2, 2020
need for a new tree
Sandra A on Mar 29, 2020
Protection (I hope!) from all sorts of chewing animals
Deborah W on Mar 26, 2020
To keep critters away and protect when doing yard choirs like weed trimming
Samuel H on Mar 25, 2020
I have used these for many,many years to protect young trees from animals like rabbits that like to chew the bark especially in the cold months.
Robert D on Mar 23, 2020
We have rabbits everywhere they eat everything
Ice Rhvonda L on Mar 22, 2020
protect apple trees
Karl K on Mar 21, 2020
I think I may need it later
Teresa on Mar 16, 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
I wanted to protect delicate trees from rabbits and other critters.
Kate H on Jul 1, 2020
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: //www.starkbros.com/products/tools-and-supplies/tree-accessories/stark-tree-guards/
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 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.
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 this prevent squirrels from climbing the trees?
ron d on Jun 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No
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.
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: No, these will not deter squirrels, since they can jump quite high. They will deter rabbits and other types of ground animals that predate young trees.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have been looking for the 40??? trunk guards for some time now, and they have not been available. Any idea when they will be?
Jon Y on Jul 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We do not have a guaranteed ETA on when more will become available. We are very sorry for this inconvenience and completely understand your disappointment.
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!

???
I want to order a fruit tree but I want it shipped now not in the fall is that possible?
Sue Simms on Jun 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Only if it is in stock and ready to ship. Our season is coming to an end and our availability is limited.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What does columnar mean?
Peggy M on Apr 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It means a shape of an object is like a column, vertical straight up and down.
How long can tree be growing in large pot before it must be transplanted ?
SIMON T on Feb 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can grow almost anything in a container! This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/fruit-trees-in-containers-pt1

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Are these sold in any kind of bulk packaging? Like 100 at a time?
Justin H on Jan 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hi Justin, Reach out to customer support by calling 800.325.4180 to see if they can check with inventory to fill an order of this size. We might be able to help.
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!!!
I have young maple trees that have trunks around 40 inches tall. What size tree guard should I order?
Sandra M on Nov 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. If your measurement is from the ground to the lowest branch, then the 40 inch guards would be the right size for your tree.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!

Customer Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
242 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
192
35
9
5
1
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
Purchased
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
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
over 4 years ago
FANTASTIC PRODUCT.
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
Purchased
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
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
over 4 years ago
PROTECTS FROM MICE
Good product works well saves trees well worth the money
February 19, 2016
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
over 4 years ago