Tree Protectors To Prevent Deer Damage - 24"


Our Tree Protectors are designed to prevent deer damage and are produced from s 100% recycled polyethylene plastic sheet that is formed into a tube to protect your seedlings. The slit tube design can be easily connected with releasable zip ties (included). The tube has permanent venting and is UV stabilized for 5-7 years. The tube diameter is 4.15".

The tree protectors to prevent deer damage are available in various height options. They can be easily removed and reused for multiple applications.

***Minimum Order Requirement is 100 Units.***

Available in 12", 18", 24", 30", 36", 48", 60", and 72" height options. View All Products >

Stakes and bird net not included.


  • Brand: TreePro
  • Size: Various
  • Material:  Polypropylene
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  • Rigid, Single-wall design with a seam down one side
  • 100% Recycled Polyethylene (milk jug plastic) Slit Tube
  • UV Stabilized for 5 to 7 years
  • Tab Flared Top to protect seedling from sharp edges
  • Tube diameter of 4.15" (allows connecting multiple protectors for larger diameter)
  • Permanent Venting- Vents start half way up to allow herbicide spray around the base
  • Releasble UV Treated Zip Ties included
  • Mesh Bird Net at no additional cost upon request for 48” and taller


  • Made of HDPE (#2 plastic)
  • 3/8" Vent and tie placement holes
  • UV Stabilized for 5-7 years
  • Includes releasable zip ties

Protect Saplings From Deer By Using Tree Tubes

Whether you are involved in reforestation projects, a farmer increasing your fruit yield, or adding to your landscape, deer can be one of your biggest problems. Deer will rub against trunks causing significant damage and might kill young vulnerable saplings. It's time to discover tree tubes to protect young saplings so they will grow into magnificent trees. In this article, we will go over the benefits of tree tubes, how to choose the right tree tubes, recommended installation, and caring for the saplings.

Deer Damage

Deer are drawn to young trees for several reasons. Tender shoots and leaves are easy for deer to digest and more nutritional than other vegetation. Deer use young trees for rubbing their antlers which can cause extensive damage by striping the bark of the trees and destroying the cambium layer of the young tree.

The cambium layer promotes growth and is responsible for the growth of stems and roots. This layer is vital for the tissues (xylem and phloem) in the tree. The xylem distributes water and minerals from the roots upward through the tree. The phloem takes food from the leaves and delivers to the roots.

Deer Eating Bush

Deer Eating

About Tree Tubes

Tree tubes are protective barriers that are cylindrical in shape. These tubes are placed around tree saplings to shield them from wildlife like deer. These barriers are made from plastic and are available in a variety of heights and diameters. Tree tubes offer a physical barrier preventing deer from gaining access to the tender parts of saplings.

Also, tree tubes create a microenvironment that promotes survival rates and faster growth by reducing wind stress and retaining water. Microenvironments are the molecules, cells, and structures surrounding and supporting other cells and tissues.

Tree Tube Benefits

Rubbing And Browing Protection: Tree tubes protect young trees from deer rubbing and browsing by blocking access to saplings so deer may not eat or damage these trees. Saplings will continue to grow without combating deer. Browsing is a term for leaves, twigs, and buds that deer and other animals eat especially during the winter months.

Improved Microenvironment: Tree tubes have a Microenvironment system around saplings that's similar to a greenhouse. It will contain moisture, reduce wind stress, and offer a stable temperature. These factors contribute to a sapling's growth and health.

Less Maintenance: You will see a reduction in maintenance caring for the trees. After installation, tree tubes will continually protect and reduce the need for frequent repairs or replacements of damaged saplings.

Greater Visibility: There's a reason why tree tubes come in a variety of bright colors. If you are planting a large number of saplings, these colors will make it easier to locate the plant you are looking for.

Selecting The Right Tree Tube

There are a few things you need to know when selecting tree tubes for your specific needs:

The Height: Tree tubes come in a range of heights between 2 to 5 feet. This is important depending on the deer population in your area and their feeding habits. Taller tree tubes offer more protection for areas with large populations of deer.

Diameter: The diameter should be large enough for the sapling but not large enough to allow deer to reach in. A diameter between 3 to 4 inches should be good for most species of saplings.

Ventilation: There are tree tubes that come with ventilation holes for circulation while reducing the risk of fungal growth. These tubes are good for humid climates.

The Cost: Cost is always important. You must consider the durability, effectiveness, and cost before making a decision. Technically, high-quality tubes will pay off in the long run and the protection rate is higher so you will not have to worry about constant replacements.


Performing the right installation is very important for the productivity of the tree tubes. Follow these steps:

Woman Planting Tree

Planting Tree Sapling

Prepare The Area: Clear the area around the saplings including weeds and debris. Make sure the soil is loose enough to drive in the stakes that will hold the tree tubes in place.

Place The Tube: Place the tree tubes around the sapling so the bottom edge is flush with the ground. This will help to keep deer from pushing the tube away and gain access to the sapling.

Using Stakes, Secure The Tube: Take sturdy stakes and insert them into the ground around the tree tubes. Most of the tubes come with holes for attaching the stakes. Use clips or zip ties to secure the tube to the stake making sure it's stable and in an upright position.

Seal the Top: Some tubes come with a cap or mesh cover. It can help keep out insects and small animals while allowing sunlight and rain to enter. And reach the sapling.

Mulch: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the tree tube to retain water while keeping down weeds. Do Not place mulch against the trunk of the sapling as it could cause rot.

Many Trees with Tree Tubes

Tree Tubes Used for Large Planting

Tree Tube Maintenance

Regular maintenance guarantees tree tubes will continue to offer great protection. Here are some suggestions for keeping tree tubes in great shape:

Check Regularly: Check the tree tubes from time to time for any signs of shifting or damage. Check to ensure the stakes are stable and in an upright position. Inspect for any signs of deer trying to push or chew the tubes.

Adjust the Tree Tubes: As the sapling starts to grow, you will have to adjust the tree tube making sure it doesn't come in contact with the trunk. Some tree tubes are designed to expand as the tree grows.

Check the Ventilation: If your tree tubes have ventilation holes, check to ensure there is no obstruction. Remove any debris or vegetation that could be blocking the holes and preventing circulation.

Seasonal Checks: This is especially important for areas that deal with heavy snowfall. Make sure the tubes are tall enough to stay effective after a heavy snowfall has accumulated. In the spring, check for any damage caused in the winter and make any needed repairs.

Remove The Tree Tubes: When the sapling has outgrown the need for protection, around 3 to 5 years, remove the tree tubes. If the tubes are biodegradable, they will break down on their own. If they are plastic and not biodegradable, remove them and recycle them if possible.

Case Studies

One: Reforestation Projects

During a reforestation project in a region with a large population of deer, The 4-foot tree tubes improved the saplings' survival rates. The microenvironment system created by the tree tubes led to faster growth and the bright colors make observing the sapling easier. After 5 years, the project witnessed an 80% survival rate in comparison to 40% in areas without tree tubes.

Two: Orchard Protection

A small orchard experienced extensive damage from deer creating a major threat to young fruit trees. After installing 3-foot tree tubes with ventilation holes, the orchard owner saw a significant drop in the deer population browsing and rubbing. The microenvironment system inside the tubes provided healthier, more productive growth. They witnessed a 90% survival rate over the next 3 years.

In Conclusion

Tree tubes are an impressive answer for protecting saplings from damage If you select the right tree tubes for your project, follow the installation recommendations, and provide regular maintenance, you will achieve success in your planting endeavors. Whether you are an orchard owner, a member of a reforestation project, or adding a few trees to your landscape, tree tubes will become a valuable part of your plans for sustainable growth. Protecting and growing young saplings will improve air quality and deliver a healthier environment.