Pine Tree Protection

Vegetable cans work much better at protecting the little pines, and serves as catch basins when watering.

| February/March 2001

Pine Trees

Pine trees can be protected with simple items, such as chicken wire.

Photo courtesy MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

Recently my husband and I planted small pine trees along our front barbed-wire fence. We wrapped chicken wire around the trees to protect them, but unfortunately the wire catches the strings on our weedeater and girdles them around our trees.

We found that vegetable cans with the lids removed and placed around the trunks work much better at protecting the little pines, plus the cans serve as catch basins when watering. Paint the cans [the color of terra-cotta] or green to make them look like small flower pots.

 — Barbara A. Santhuff, Belleview, Missouri

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