Tyvek® tree guard. Photo: Rob Crassweller
For a number of years we have been using Tyvek® on trees in our Rock Springs orchards. Yes, the insulating material that new houses are wrapped in may help to reduce potential damage. We had been obtaining Tyvek® from a company in Canada but the quality of the product was inconsistent. In some years it came in a 3 ml thickness and in others it came in a 7 ml thickness. This past year we found a more consistent supplier.
The "guards" last about 3 to 5 years. This is long enough to overcome the concern about green bark. While we have not measured it we also believe we may be getting a benefit of the white reflecting sun during the summer and winter. To order go to www.uline.com and search for Tyvek products.
A. Plastic, B. Perforated metal, C. Corrugated cardboard Over the years we have tried a number of different tree guards. While they all work to some extent they can be expensive and they are not without their problems. Photos: Rob Crassweller