Originally Posted by Apple Man
..... Because the barrier is loose it invites
adult egg laying insects that produce a number of bores. Apple trees do
best when a protective barrier is applied that allows air to flow and keeps
the lower trunk from trapping moisture........!
Apple man, were you using the vented Miracle tubes?
I use these for smaller 12-18' seedlings we get from our game commission. For us, the key is getting the seedlings above the browse line of deer as quickly as possible and the Miracle tubes provide the accelerated growth and protection we want. Once we get that growth to the height we want, we take the tubes off and put on the vinyl guards to protect against voles and bucks rubbing.
As for window screening vs spiral guards, we have both. Our 85 tree orchard(ACN nursery trees)up on the hill has the window screening and are fully fenced and the 32 tree orchard on the lower part of the property has the vinyl. We've lost 9 trees up on the hill with the window screening but I admit, we didn't bury the screening into the ground. We've yet to lose one tree with the vinyl guards.