- 60cm (2ft) height
- need to be supported by a 90cm (3ft) cane
-more environmentally friendly than the traditional PVC spiral guards
-expand to allow the plant to grow whilst retaining good protection against herbicides, rabbits and voles
-twin walled for a better environment
-very easy to install and remove for recycling - you can drop off the tubes and have them recycled at no cost or you can have them collected (Tubex recycling scheme) at a modest cost
As an alternative we also have fully biodegradable rabbit guards.
Manufactured by Tubex using UV stabilised polypropylene, Easywraps are harmless to the environment and in our view have significant additional benefits over traditional "bad plastic" PVC plastic spiral guards so much so that we have discontinued selling the traditional spiral guards and now only offer these Tubex Easywraps.
The additional benefits are
- very easy to install and remove for recycling (Tubex recycling scheme) and we think the Tubex recycling scheme is an excellent initiative
- the "wrap" design means that they expand (whilst retaining their height and shape) as the tree/hedging plant grows, to provide reliable herbicide and rabbit/vole protection
- the durable twin-walled design (with the best possible strength-to-weight ratio) has a vertical split which produces a natural overlap, enabling the Easywrap to provide a better environment for the plant, producing better growth and survival rates
It is thought that at least 25% of newly planted trees do not survive if they do not have protection from herbivores and that’s an enormous waste of precious and scarce tree seed, planting labour and cost of plants, so we strongly recommend the use of some type of protection on all new plantings.
This section gives definitions on the specifications of plants that we sell. We are specialists in field grown (or bare root) plants which are grown in two ways. The majority are grown from seed, some are ready within one growing season (seedlings or 1+0's) and some species require two growing seasons (1u1's). In addition to growing from seed we also grow from small plants or cuttings (transplants) which are much more widely spaced (taking more land, more irrigation water, fertilisers and labour). There are only a handful of bare root wholesale nurseries in the UK and of those even fewer grow transplants but Ray Jenkins has many years' experience of transplanting so we grow these in large volumes. Ray has written this blog about the benefits of bare root plants and how they are grown and another blog which gives further detail on bare root specifications.
The detailed specifications are shown below. If you are in doubt about what specification to use please email us on email@example.com with a description of the project (and photos if appropriate) and we will advise you.
1+0 - field grown in one season from seed, known as a seedling (sometimes called a whip), generally a slender single stem plant. These are the cheapest specification and are particularly suitable for planting where weed competition will be less intense, soil is shallow or on exposed windy sites. Gives a high root to shoot ratio and minimal plant "check".
2+0 - a 2 year seedling, field grown from seed in the same seed bed in two growing seasons where the species cannot be grown to a saleable plant from seed in one season
1U1 - 2 year old plant called an undercut, field grown for two seasons in the same seed bed and undercut by machine (a sharp blade cutting the roots under the soil level) after the first year to develop the root structure. We do this with several species which take 2 years to develop (eg oak, beech, hornbeam)
1+1 - 2 year old plant (transplant) grown from seed in the first year and then transplanted into a different area of the field and spaced out for the second growing season - a robust plant with a larger and more robust root system than seedling or undercut plant which will enable it to better withstand drought and weed competition. Often the best choice and the staple norm for farm hedging and this specification is a requirement of the Countryside Stewardship Grant
1+2- a 3 year old plant, two years field growing in the seedbed and then transplanted (and spaced out) for a further two growing seasons giving a tall, stocky, bushy plant
2+1- a 3 year old plant, two years field growing in the seedbed and then transplanted (and spaced out) for a further growing season, giving a strong bushy plant
3+1 - as above but field grown for a further growing season for more height and a very bushy plant
1+3- 4 year old, one year field growing in the seed beds and then transplanted (and spaced out) for three years, giving a very strong, bushy plant
2+2- 4 year old, two years field growing in the seed beds and then transplanted (and spaced out) for a further two years - a very mature plant suited to certain species like beech and hornbeam where we can offer almost instant hedging
and some that are a bit different.....
P9 - a plant grown in a greenhouse or polytunnel in a 9cm pot (for holly which germinates poorly in the field)
Cell grown - a plant grown in small deep cells (like a small yogurt pot) and then lifted out of those for transportation. Commonly used in forestry and large hedging projects. Very high quality plants with excellent success rate. See our blog on the benefits of cell grown plants.
C+1 or C+2 - a 3 or 4 year old plant initally started as hardwood cuttings grown on for a year as cell grown plants and then lined out in fields to grow on for a further 1 or 2 years (a technique used for Cherry Laurel)