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Re: [nafex] tree guards

At 10:41 AM 02/17/2001 -0600, Mark wrote:
>personally, I found
>that in every species that i used those plastic tree
>guards,like TREE ESSEntials sells ,they either did no help
>in  stimulating tree growth and or they caused the tree to
>cook in the sun,even the PawPaws. Maybe they just can't work
>in this steamy Zone5b Karst topography,but I tried them on
>over 40 species of trees and with above said results.

I've had similar experience with the TreeEssentials Tubex/SuperTubes, as 
well as the older TreePros.
TreePro now has a 'vented' shelter - numerous rows of 1/2" holes bored in 
the wall of the tube. Trees don't 'cook'.  However, I only use them for the 
establishment year anymore - while trees inside the tubes grow rapidly, 
they're quite spindly, and sometimes will 'corkscrew' inside some of the 
smaller-diameter shelters.

Lucky Pittman
USDA Zone 6
Hopkinsville, KY

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