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Have you ever planted, mulched, or nurtured a young tree, only to find the base of the trunk to be completely torn apart?
tree with large chunks of bark stripped from the trunk
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Injuries like this are all too common. It takes just seconds for mowers and weed trimmers to inflict this kind of damage. This can affect a tree’s long-term health and can often prove fatal.


What Can Be Done?

Well… there are some options:

  • A plastic o-ring has been thought of as an option, but these are a haven for insects, with little ventilation. Not to mention how hot they can get.

  • Then, there are cages that could be installed, but these are labour-intensive and costly.

One thing all of these options have in common is that they are all made entirely out of plastic. This means – one way or another – every tree guard winds up in a garbage dump.

This is why Neighbourwoods developed Tree Guards. These biodegradable, innovative protectors will help avoid damage to the tree while remaining completely plastic free. If you are interested in purchasing Tree Guards, please  email Neightbourwoods@EloraEnvironmentCentre.ca

Neighbourwoods Tree Guards are the answer! 

  • Breathable – ample airflow to prevent moisture damage.
  • Truly Green – made in Canada from 100% recycled paper fibres.
  • Customizable – invites your artwork or logo to make it your own.
  • Durable – made of specially formulated waterproof cardboard
  • Biodegradable – will gradually break down, making this a truly zero waste product.

“We have field tested Neighbourwoods Tree Guards in Caledon and we are 100% pleased. I would recommend them and plan to order them again.”

Bobbie Bennett
President of the Caledon Horticultural Society.

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Easy to Install

  • Just tear the bottom slit to open the Tree Guard
  • Place securely around the base of the tree
  • Add your donut of mulch to keep it in place …

And.. you’re done!

How long will it last?

Your Tree Guard will last for a growing season and maybe longer. Plan to replace it each spring until the tree’s bark is thick enough to stand on its own.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How long will this biodegradable Tree Guard last?

It will last one growing season. If by the end of the season it still intact, then go ahead and use it again.

Q: Is the Tree Guard a barrier between mowers and trimmers?

 

Yes! The main purpose of the Neighbourwoods Tree Guard is to protect the delicate tree bark from this type of aggressive damage, however; it is not a shield. The tree guard will most likely face serious damage and need to be replaced. But if that is the case, then you know the Tree Guard has done its job by protecting the tree.

 

Q: Can I modify my Tree Guard?

Absolutely, you can! You can paint it or create it any way you want. Just remember, this is biodegradable so don’t attach anything that may hinder this process.

Q: Will using this Tree Guard damage my trees?

It will not! No need worry about that.

Q: Will my tree outgrow my Tree Guard?

This depends on how large the tree is when you first start using your Tree Guard. Ideally, you would use one when it is first planted. In this case, we recommend you replace the Tree Guard as soon as it takes some mechanical damage. When the tree gets too big for the Tree Guards, mulch should suffice.

Q: Will this Tree Guard protect my tree from rodents?

The Neighbourwoods Tree Guard is designed for the primary purpose of protecting the young trees from mechanical damage, not so much rodent damage. A white spiral wrap may be a better solution in that case.

Q: What do I do if weeds grow up through the Tree Guard?

With the closed top design, weeds shouldn’t grow through it. If weeds persist, then you can carefully remove the Tree Guard temporarily, just be sure to put it back.

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Interested in purchasing Tree Guards?

Please contact Neighbourwoods@EloraEnvironmentCentre.ca to make your purchase today!

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