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hans muster
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Hi,

What kind of tree guards can be used in a place where nomads need to quickly pass trough with goats and sheep?

It would of course be in cooperation with the pastoralists, and they would benefit from these trees

The areas would be the lower parts of the mountains, where the sediments deposit rock mulch and accumulate water. The growing vegetation in mainly unpalatable, and the pollarding techniques are known there. The problem is that no trees can establish there due to the browsing pressure of the livestock passing the places. Water is sufficiently available under the rock mulch layer, so the only problem is to protect the trees for a few years.

For your information: on the picture below, everything was forested with a closed canopy forest (Quercus ilex & Cedrus) except the upper parts, too cold for trees.
A pollarding of Fraxinus, Morus, Gleditsia, Robinia, etc. would produce a shitload of fodder, as seen in older pollarded Fraxinus.

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Area where the pollarded trees would be planted
 
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PS:
for example, on alibaba.com (yes, plastic trash. But it should have a long term positive impact on the area)

https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Light-Green-Plastic-Tree-Guards-for_60095393271.html?spm=a2700.details.maylikever.10.46c5ee53UWRIO6
https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Plastic-Tree-Protectors-Twin-Wall-Tree_60562024796.html

How quick would the plastic disintegrate in the UV?

What alternative exist?
 
David Livingston
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Frankly an AK47 would be my favourate
My experiance is that the plastic is only good for a couple of years , it becomes brittle quite quickly . Any chance you can get hold of some barbed wire ? Parts of N Africa used to be littered with the stuff make a net to go over the plants . Or a column to protect the bark
 
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Hi,

yes, barbed wire is available, as you said littering quite some places. The problem I see with it is that it needs at leas 3 wooden or metal posts.
Any thoughts on it?

What kind of plastic did you use? Netting, or the translucid one?

I don't know if the AK47 is my favorite, due to lead poisoning. More like a viking fighting ax and going by night into the corrals... No, seriously, the diseases and parasites are always trying to solve the problem, if only vaccination and treatments didn't interfere...

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I have used both translucent columns and green spirals same problem
The barbedwire  I just used in a roll . But that was some time ago . Maybe temporary fencing is the key
 
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Interesting problem.
Two ideas:
1. Dig a deep hole. This gets your tree closer to the water source,could funnel water to the tree,and puts some of the tree out if easy reach.
2. Pile up tires. If old tires are discarded in your region, a stack of them could be a protective ring.
Cut slots or holes for letting in light.
Whitewash the outside to reduce thermal gain.

The barbed wire could be piled on top of a deep hole, letting in light, air and water,keeping out beasts.
Let the tree grow through the wire, cut it free later, if necessary. Or pile the wire around the deep hole.
A hole two feet deep surrounded by stone walls two feet tall would give a good start for a tree.
The walls and hole would limit sunlight, but might add water via condensation.
 
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