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how to wrap trees for the winter #772621

Asked September 21, 2021, 8:15 PM EDT

Hi, We had three crab apple trees planted this summer. We were told to wrap them for the winter. I went to Bachman's today and found tree wrap that looked like cardboard crepe paper. Is that the best kind of tree wrap to use? I was expecting to find something that looked more like tape. Is there a brand you recommend? How exactly should I wrap the trees? I assume I should start at the very bottom of the trunk and wrap it up to the branches. Any other instructions about how to do it? Thank you!

Hennepin County Minnesota

Expert Response

The paper wraps all are pretty much alike.  Some are a little thicker than others.  You are correct in how to proceed.  Wrap all the way up to the bottom of the first branch.  This help protect against sunscald.  However, it does not protect from rabbits and mice who LOVE the sweet bark of fruit trees.  It would be good to purchase those plastic tubes which are sold at garden centers to put around the truck over the winter months.  They go on in October and off in March/April.  Critters cannot chew through them.  Here is a link about protecting your trees.  I personally have the hardware cloth in a circle a little way away from the trunk and leave it there all year around.  This time of year I put burlap on the outside to protect from sunscald and take that off in the spring. Open the drop down on Reducing Animal Damage: Protecting trees and shrubs in winter | UMN Extension

Barbara Harlan Replied September 22, 2021, 10:09 AM EDT

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