Daron Williams wrote:I have used thousands of tubes for my restoration projects and now I'm shifting away from them due to the cost of purchasing them, the issue of getting them to stay put, and the garbage resulting from them.
I had a lot of issues with hard ground combined with wind resulting in the tubes getting messed up. If you are going to use them make sure they are very well secured otherwise they are not worth it.
I use mesh tubes for deer protection - the solid plastic ones are more aimed at protecting against rodents.
For the mesh ones you need to make sure the top of the tree is fully protected. Often this means raising the mesh tubes up about once a year until the top of the tree is above browse height.
For my restoration work I'm shifting to what I call forest islands - circles 30 to 60 feet across. I prep these circles, apply a full layer of mulch, and plant heavily. I'm now looking at installing temp deer fences around each circle that would remain for about 3 years. After 3 years I would remove the fence to use it for a different project.
These fences are cheaper then the tree protectors on a per plant basis.
Not sure if this would be an option for your project but I'm finding the fence is a better option for my projects than the protectors. I'm currently designing a 5 acre restoration project with about 6k plants that will use this method.