April 24, 2020
Marbles, the world’s smartest cat, loves to use trees like this as a scratching post. And once the bark has been scraped at least 1/2 way around the trunk, your tree could easily die. While Tree Armor cannot protect a big sycamore like this one, Marbles has no other choice because the rest of our younger trees are protected by Tree Armor.
Unlike mesh, fabric, cheap plastic wraps and storm water pipe, Tree Armor has a smooth, brown surface. The bark brown color of Tree Armor is almost invisible from a short distance, while the texture of the PVC material discourages cats and snakes from climbing up the trunk. Tree Armor is spring loaded. So, as long as the diameter or thickness of your tree trunk is between 1″ and 4″, Tree Armor will attach itself to the bark and grow with the tree.
When buying a tree guard, make sure it’s made in the USA. Products made overseas do not have to conform to strict EPA guidelines that insist the material used is made of virgin vinyl. Heavy metals like cadmium and lead are integrated and hidden, many times, in imported vinyl. They are used in overseas manufacturing because they are less expensive. Unfortunately, the heavy metals can leech out of the plastic and drip into the root system of your trees.
Tree Armor uses only EPA approved virgin vinyl to make its tree guards. This makes the tree protector a little more expensive, but it gives the farmer and homeowner the peace of mind they are contributing to clean soil.