Click below to listen to my Garden Bite radio show: Protecting young fruit trees
Harvesting ‘Honeycrisp’ apples from your backyard is a slice of heaven here on Earth! But the bunnies love their bark. Young fruit trees are especially vulnerable to rabbits. Trees that are 3 years old and younger.
Protect those trees this winter with a simple solution. The plastic white spiral guard.
Sink this guard into the ground about 2 inches. Make sure there’s air circulation around the trunk, you don’t want this too tight. Not only does this tree guard protect from critters but also from the winter sun. Listen to my podcast to find out why.
Remember that as the snow piles up, rabbits and voles can climb up and nibble higher on the bark. Periodically check your trees during the winter months.
You can always try the heavily scented deodorant soap method, Irish Spring seems to be everyone’s choice. Some people swear by the hot sauce method. Some swear at it. But anything’s worth a try. You can make your own hot sauce or try the products already on the market, such as ‘Tree Guard, Hot Wax pepper or Ropel. There’s one for deer called Not tonight Deer, Get away. I may have to try that one just for the name! Once your fruit tree has rough, flaky mature bark, the winter sun nor critters can harm it. But for the first few years, keep the trunks protected.