|Chewing damage. Asian Pear. 10.20.14|
|Hardware Cloth Tree Protection. 10.20.14|
This protection is a central part of winterizing.
I've learned it's just best to have a roll of hardware cloth on hand, and some zip ties.
The zip ties make it very easy to put on a sleeve without a helper. When it's time to remove the sleeve, the zip tie is easily cut with a scissors. The extra tail can be trimmed off if the appearance is an issue.
The pear now has a protective sleeve of hardware cloth. Usually I have more overlap where it joins, just didn't here. I don't think the varmint will squeeze through the seam, anyway.
I try to make the sleeve loose enough for several years of growth. That way I don't have to put it on every fall.
There are hardware cloth sleeves on, probably, most of my young trees.
I don't think the mesh size is too important. I've used 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch.
It's time to get them protected. Tender fig bark is a critter favorite. Apparently they like Asian Pear bark.