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