How to install Tubex tree or shrub shelters.
Methods of installation differ according to taste, site conditions and size of tree. Below shows two examples – one for ‘notch’ planting with smaller bare root or cell grown stock, and one for ‘pit’ planting, for stock with a larger root ball.
- First, bang in stake using either a sledge hammer or post driver (shown). Make sure stake is driven far enough into the soil so that the top of the stake is below the level of the top of the treeshelter, but above the level of the top tie.
NOTE: In situations where there is a strong prevailing wind, ensure that the stake is to the windward side of the treeshelter.
- Cut a ‘T’ shaped slot into the soil using a planting spade and carefully position tree in the slot, ensuring roots are undamaged and well below the surface of the soil.
- Firm the soil around the tree.
NOTE: Ideally the tree should be positioned with 5cm of the base of the stake, but not closer than 2cm.
- Position the treeshelter over the tree, making sure not to damage any lateral branches, and at the same time, make sure that the releasable ties also slide over the stake.
- Push the treeshelter into the ground (about 1-2cm).
This ensures a safe herbicide seal as well as deterring predatory animals from burrowing under the side of the treeshelter. It also aids stability, particularly on the smaller sized treeshelters, some of which only have one tie.
- Tighten the thumb release ratchet ties, ensuring that the treeshelter is firmly positioned.
- To complete the operation, tuck the tie end into the hole in the treeshelter. This is done partly for aesthetic reasons, but also to deter deer from chewing the tie ends and sometimes pulling the tie open.
- Dig out sufficient soil to comfortably accommodate the root ball of your tree/shrub.
- Apply any fertilizer or compost at this stage.
NOTE: If a pre-herbicide treatment has not been used, it is best to discard the turf to avoid excessive weed growth within the shelter.
- Place tree into the pit and replace soil, firming carefully so as not to damage either tree / shrub or root.
- Now bang in stake using similar method to notch planting, being careful not to damage tree with hammer or post driver.
- Push shelter firmly into ground.
- Complete the operation by tightening the releasable tie and tucking the end into the hole in the shelter.