How to buy - Tree guards and shelters

Choosing the cheapest products will not always yield the best results for a scheme, Sally Drury warns.

Bio Protectenet is a 100% bio-degradable mesh guard - image: Amenity Land Solutions
Bio Protectenet is a 100% bio-degradable mesh guard - image: Amenity Land Solutions

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The harsh environment of a motorway embankment is not sympathetic to growing trees. So when Ashlea Landscape Contractors began work planting trees and shrubs on the embankments of the upgraded A1 in Yorkshire, it ordered 300,000 shelters and tubes from Green-tech.

The products were selected to provide the best start in life and specifically to protect the planted stock from moles, voles and rabbits, as well as providing a microclimate for optimal growth.

Selecting the right products can be difficult. It is too easy to go for the cheapest items. To help specifiers appreciate the differences between products, Tubex has created its Product Selector. The online tool guides specifiers through the options by asking questions about the species being planted, site conditions, environmental factors, speed of installation and accessibility. The company, a Fiberweb brand, has also launched an online shop.

Acorn Planting Products, an established name for the supply of shelters and mulch materials, also part of the Fiberweb group, has been rebranded under Fiberweb's recently acquired Tubex product brand.

On trial this season is the Tubex Bio-Bio range of shelters, combining 70 per cent oxo-degradable polypropylene and 30 per cent biopolymer, enabling the control of the degradable process as well as being more environmentally friendly.

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