Neal Foley wrote:And maybe get a dog or two. As a temporary solution, you could go to Home Depot or equivalent and buy a 10ft length or lengths of flexible drain pipe--4" and cut it into sleeves to put around trunks. Cheap, quick and easy.....but it is buying something you will then throw away.... You can't leave them on too long or funky things can happen.
Michael Qulek wrote:I also have problems with mole tunneling underground and eating the trees from the bottum up. I made 1' diameter pots out of 1/2" hardware cloth (they can get through chicken wire). I dig the holes first, drop in the wire pots, then plant the trees inside the pot. I curl the top edge of the pots over the lower edge of the drain pipe to totally encapsulate the new seedlings. Then, a cylinder of chicken wire around the top of the seedlings to keep the deer off. Only trees totally armored this way survive on my property.
Wi Tim wrote:What are you going to do when the trees get bigger and the roots do not fit in the pot anymore? Make holes in the hardware cloth? Remove it completely? Or is it supposed to disintegrate with time?
Michael Qulek wrote: I purposely wired the pots in such a way that they got tighter when pushed inwards, but pop apart when forced outwards. I'm hoping that as the trees grow, the new root growth will simply push the pots apart over time.
Some of my trees have been in the ground for 6 years now and don't show any signs of it being a problem yet. It could be a race though between tree growth and metal breakdown. It's really a mute point though, because the gophers and ground squirrels are so bad at my location, that NOTHING survives without hardware cloth!