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    Question about planting my free trees

    I just received my free trees and have stuck them in the fridge until the weekend, when I have time to plant them. I live on the far edge of the suburban sprawl of Chicago. During the winter it can get pretty cold and windy. I have a lot of open space surrounding my property, so the wind gets pretty strong. When I planted, this past Spring, a couple of small maple trees that I grew in a pot, the animals quickly made a meal out of them.

    So, would you recommend placing those Styrofoam rose cones over the trees or surrounding the new trees with chicken wire(which I plan to do anyway in the Spring)?

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks,
    Jim

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    RE: Question about planting my free trees

    Those cones are intended to provide protection from weather as well as from critters. Trees don't need weather protection and might even suffer from lack of triggers needed to toughen, although I don't know about this problem happening from styrofoam covering specifically. I think the chicken wire is your best bet, perhaps augmented by some chemical prevention (e.g., soap, rotten eggs, garlic, or one of the commercial mixtures of them, such as "Liquid Fence").

    _Nothing_ will completely protect the saplings from a sufficiently hungry varmint, however. They _will_ find a way to get in. There's always going to be some fraction of infant mortality for the young trees from various sources. But there is certainly a particular pang when you walk out to find a tree that was doing fine a couple of days ago neatly snipped off six inches from the base by a hungry rabbit!

    Good luck!

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    Oak
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    RE: Question about planting my free trees

    I used some of that cheap plastic chicken wire to keep the small varmin out. Seems they'll eat through it to get to Primrose and some flowers they like though. Squirrels will dig up my year old self started acorns too. I hear what to do about them is to stick the mesh flat on the ground to make digging difficule. Sometimes my pellet gun comes in handy. Good luck.
    Zone 6, St. Louis, MO

  4. #4

    RE: Question about planting my free trees

    Thanks for the suggestions. I decided to go the easy route and do the cones this year. In the spring, I will try the chicken wire.

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