It is often wise to protect the bark of newly planted trees from such problems as sunscald, frost crack or rodent damage. One approach is to wrap the tree with a tree wrap. These are generally paper or plastic products that fit around the circumference of the tree. Being light colored, they reflect the heat of the sun which is the cause of sunscald or crack.

Plastic wraps are commonly used on fruit trees and will also prevent feeding by rodents during the winter.

Whichever product you decide to use remember that this is not a permanent thing. Wraps only need to be left on until the bark begins its natural process of becoming coarser and thicker. If you leave the wrap on too many years, it may actually begin to grow into the bark itself and cause a girdling. This will damage or could kill the tree.

 

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.

 

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