How Do I Protect My Newly Planted Nyssa From Cats? - Knowledgebase Question

Lodi, CA
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Question by eurasier
April 19, 2004
Hi. I bought a lovely 5-gallon Nyssa Sylvatica (one of your trees) from Capital nursery.

We have a neighborhood cat problem and I want to know how I can protect the tree from getting clawed.

Please let me know.

Mary Cabrera
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Answer from NGA
April 19, 2004
Cats and dogs are usually creatures of habit. Once you've discouraged a neighborhood cat from using a tree trunk as a scratching post, it will generally find another place to sharpen its claws. I've tried wrapping the bottom 24" of tree trunk with hardware cloth (1/4" openings) and had good success with it. If you'd rather purchase one of the white vinyl "tree wraps" from your local garden center and place that on the trunk, it will work just as well. The important thing to remember is that you'll want to encourage air circulation around the trunk - anything you wrap around it, unless it has ventilation holes, will hold too much moisture against the bark, which could cause rotting.

As soon as your tree matures a bit and the bark hardens on the trunk, the cat won't be very interested in it.
Best wishes with your new tree!

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