Tubex® Tree Shelters
The Tubex tree shelter protects your container seedlings from deer, rabbits, chemical spray, and machinery as well as enhancing growth in early stage development. Standard, Combitube (vented), Shrub shelters and vole guards available. Includes bird nets and pre-threaded nylon ties. Stakes sold separately (see below), Please see our website for current prices. Best used with Octoraro container seedlings. For more information on tree shelters see below.
Rigid mesh tree trunk guards help prevent girdling by buck rub, rodents, or equipment. Allows water to flow freely in flood prone sites. Available in 3’, 4’ and 5’ sizes. Please see our website for current prices. Best used with Octoraro #7 container tree.
Wood stakes are required to secure both tree shelters and tree guards. We supply true 1” x 1” white oak stakes in various lengths. Stakes are sold in bundles of 25 and/or pallets of 1000. Fiberglass stakes also available. Please see our website or call for information.
More on Tree Shelters
The Tubex® tree shelter protects your container seedlings from deer, rabbits, chemical spray and machinery as well as enhancing growth in early stage development.
- Minimum order of 100 shelters required. Sold in quantities of 25.
- Prices do not include freight charges.
- Wood stakes are also sold separately in bundles of 25 stakes.
FAQ’s about Tree Shelters
Should I use tree shelters for my seedling plantings? Research shows that using tree shelters can improve survival rates for your planting by 50% or more than plantings without shelters. Bottom line, if you have deer, voles or other wildlife and don’t protect your planting in some manner, you will likely experience significant losses.
Do the tree shelters come with bird netting and nylon ties? Yes, these come standard with all shelters and are included in the price. It is important to remember to remove the bird netting once the tree has emerged from the top of the shelter as it may hinder development of the central leader.
What size tree shelter do you recommend? The shelter height depends on what you are trying to protect against. If you are concerned about deer browse then a shelter 5′ is most effective (see Stroud Water Research white paper). We only stock 5′ and 4′ shelters (90% -5’ height). If you are protecting against rodent damage or mechanical devises then a shorter shelter is adequate.
How long do I leave my tree shelter around the tree? It depends on the growth rate of the tree, but generally three to five years. We recommend protection until it reaches a minimum of 3” caliper at the base of the tree. Early removal increases risk of damage or death related to girdling, buck rub or browse.
Can I use tree shelters on larger trees? Tree shelters are generally designed for use with smaller container seedlings. However the shelters have a perforated seam that can be split and wrapped around a tree trunk. Tree branching must be higher than the height of the shelter however or pruning of side branches is required. We recommend tree shelters for our container seedlings and up to a #2 container. We recommend mesh truck protectors for larger #5 or #7 container trees (see below).
What is the best protection for larger trees? We recommend and sell rigid mesh trunk protectors for larger trees (#5 and #7 containers and caliper size plants). The greatest risk for trees this size is from buck rub and the trunk protectors decrease risk of serious damage. 3’ and 4’ tall trunk protectors are stocked. 5’ trunk protectors are special order only.
Are the shelters recyclable? Yes. Shelters are made of polypropylene, one of the most common plastics (resin code #5). However you will need to check with your local recycling entity to make sure they will accept this product.
Do the tree shelters break down from the UV rays of sunlight? Although the tree shelter will eventually break down in sunlight, our experience shows that the shelter will need to be removed from the tree to prevent damage from girdling before it breaks down. There is a perforated seam to make this process easy and safe. Shelters can also be reused.
Do you recommend shelters for shrubs? Yes. Unprotected shrubs are at high risk for deer browse. We stock and sell 2’ shrub shelters. Some entities are also experimenting with taller shelters with no adverse effects. Other forms of protection such as deer fence may also be utilized for shrub protection.
How else can I use to improve my planting survival rates? In addition to the tree shelter, controlling the herbaceous layer around your plants with mulch (woody or stone), mowing, herbicide treatments or tree mats can improve survival rates up to an additional 30%. These best management practices reduce the habitat for rodents around your planting. A 3′ diameter control area is recommended to discourage voles.