When to install and remove tree guards

When to install and remove tree guards

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Did you know tree guards are an essential protective barrier for your young trees?

Some of the most common problems encountered with young trees include animals damaging your trees, invasive weeds, frost, and herbicide spray. Local fauna damage young trees by eating the leaves or stripping the bark.

And tree guards help prevent harm from occurring to your young saplings.

However, while tree guards are vital in establishing trees, tree guards should be removed after a certain amount of time. This allows you to inspect the health of your tree and prevent choking and strangling.

To see how to correctly install and remove tree guards, keep reading below.

Too loose or too tight

It is simplest and most effective to install tree guards as soon as you plant your new tree.

Poorly installed tree guards that are loose can collapse and restrict young saplings’ growth by depriving the young tree of room and moisture. To prevent this, make sure the supporting bamboo stakes are driven deep into the ground.

As a tree grows and the tree’s caliper widens the tree guard will start to restrict the growth of the tree. Depending on the growth rate of the tree this can take up to 2 years from planting.


Tree guards are most effective when installed right. Their benefits include protection from the sun’s UV rays, protection from animals and bugs, guarding against wind damage, protection from trampling/physical damage, and fighting weeds when used with jute matting.

Tree guards are highly effective at increasing the growth and survival rate of young saplings if you follow these few steps.

After planting the young tree, place the weed mat (Jute square 370x370mm) on the ground with the tree at the center. If in a windy location, pin the weed mat to the ground. Weed mats are biodegradable, retain moisture for the tree and suppress weeds that compete for nutrients.

After positioning the jute matting, drive one bamboo stake into position, then place the plastic tree guard over the stake. Drive the following two stakes into the ground on the inside of the tree guard. Make sure the tree guard forms a triangle and is not sagging.

Take note to drive the stakes so they are secure in their position (200-300mm should do).

Removing tree guards

Removing tree guards is just as important as installing them. Keeping it on for too long is like leaving a child’s training wheels on their bicycle throughout their adult life.

It is recommended to remove the tree guards entirely as soon as the sapling splits, usually 3 – 5 years. The tree guards have done their job, and the trees should now be fully self-sufficient.

Before this stage, you should lift the tree guards every six months to inspect and clear away any critters or natural debris around the base of the young tree.

Have any further questions? Feel free to contact the professionals at All Stake Supply. With industry knowledge and experience, our team is always happy to help. Contact us by calling 1300 130 123 today.