The Heavy Cost of Protecting Plants from Wind Damage
Strong winds are a challenge for tree farmers across North America. From tropical storms in the Gulf to Pacific gales in the Northwest, wind damage poses a serious threat to valuable inventory. Most farmers have a plan for protecting trees from wind — and it comes with a steep price tag.
Thanks to traditional cable support systems, protecting trees from wind is a labor-intensive process. Typically, trees are fastened to a cable with wire, using a hose or sleeve to protect the cambium. In a storm, the wire must be snipped or untwisted to lay the tree down. When the storm passes, workers take to the field, replacing or re-attaching twisted wires as they stand the trees back up. On a tree farm of any appreciable size, the labor costs can be astronomical.
Tree Collars: Superior Wind Protection for Trees
Patented Tree Collars from High Caliper Growing are a game changer for tree farmers. Constructed from heavy-duty polypropylene webbing, they attach to a guy wire or cable in seconds. Once they’re attached to the cable, farmers can secure trees using a Velcro collar and redundant latch. The dual latch system provides stable support that’s easy to adjust, open and close.
Major Advantages. Minimal Costs.
At several dollars per unit, Tree Collars provide an economical solution for protecting trees from wind. Each collar is extremely durable, lasting anywhere from six to 12 years. Rubber padding inside the Tree Collar protects the cambium from scarring. That’s a major advantage because scarring can reduce a tree’s value by half, turning a $400 tree into a $200 tree in minutes. When it comes to preserving value and saving labor, Tree Collars pay for themselves over and over again.
Getting the Most out of your Tree Collar
Two simple tips can help you maximize the value of your tree collars. First, leave approximately 1/4” to 1/8” between the collar and the tree. This allows the tree to sway in in the wind ever-so-slightly, which thickens the trunk and improves the caliper of the specimen.
Next, perform regular maintenance — just like you would on any other piece of equipment. When you’re out checking drip lines, make a point of checking your tree collars. Ensure they aren’t too loose or tight, and make adjustments where necessary. Periodic maintenance will prolong the life of your collars and keep your trees in tip-top shape.
Ready to Learn More?
For pricing, installation instructions and testimonials from satisfied customers, visit our product page. Whether you’re a broker, established operator or brand new to the business, Tree Collars have something for everyone. Give them a try today and see why they’re taking the industry by storm!
When it comes to container grown trees, fabric containers provide optimal root structures, leaving you with much healthier trees that last for years. When considering new trees to plant in your area, consider the advantages of fabric container grown trees. Fabric containers provide notable advantages, including:
With scientifically proven advantages, fabric container grown trees can enhance your existing tree farm for year-round sales. They’re also ideal for new growers starting out.
Step 1. Soils come in many forms, so it’s important to know the kind of soil you’re planting in. The harder the soil, the bigger hole needs to be when transplanting container grown trees from fabric pots. A bigger hole helps to help loosen the surrounding soil so the roots will have an easier time getting established.
Step 2. Dig a hole that is at least 4” to 6” bigger than the diameter of the container grown tree and deep enough to position the tree even with soil level. Planting too deep is a common problem. So after you dig the hole, be sure to tamp the soil down to keep the tree from sinking as it grows.
Step 3. Lay the tree down and cut slits down the sides of the fabric container, then cut an X at the bottom.
Step 4. Place the tree in the hole and remove the fabric using a razor knife and snips.
Step 5. You may need to add or remove some soil to the achieve the proper depth. Fill in around the root ball and tamp it down firmly.
Step 6. Build a moat around the newly planted tree with the remaining dirt and add mulch on top.
Step 7. Staking will be required for some trees. For example, if you’re transplanting in late spring with a 2.5-inch-caliper tree, you will likely need to stake the tree. With trees dig in summer, the caliper will be smaller, and it might not need stakes.
Step 8. Water thoroughly by using a slow tickle for a few hours. Make sure the tree gets a good drink right after planting. For the first 3 months, periodically dig down a couple of inches into the soil to monitor and optimize moisture levels.
Step 9. Providing proper nutrients for your fabric container grown trees is essential for their health. See your local garden center if your tree seems to be in stress.
Fabric containers were invented by High Caliper Growing in 1980. With years of research and hands-on experience, we understand the science of fabric container growing. If you have questions or need advice, give our experts a call at 1-800-521-8089.