Animal Eating Tree Bark - Knowledgebase Question

Kansas City, MO
Question by pendi1
October 26, 1999
We think it might be rabbits, but, it may not - something is gnawing at our NEWLY planted trees - we have a Patmore Ash and a Sunset Red Maple - how can we prevent the trees from being gobbled up before they have a chance to mature?


Image
Answer from NGA
October 26, 1999

0

It might be a rabbit. The best protection is fine wire mesh such as hardware cloth shaped into a cylinder and set around but not touching the trunks. Add a ring of mesh just under soil level spreading outward as well to discourage smaller tunneling rodents later in the winter. You can cover the horizontal mesh with a thin layer of gravel as additional discouragement. Finally, make sure the wire is tall enough to foil a rabbit standing on tiptoe on top of snow - - and be sure to expand it as the trees grow.

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by bootandall and is called "Aster"