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Do I need to protect my plants?

Do I need to protect my plants?

Yes!

If you want your plants to thrive without being damaged by pests such as rabbit, hare, deer, vole and mice, it is vital to consider protection when planting bare root stock.

To make your choice, you’ll need to know the minimum height of a guard. This will differ, depending on the pest size. Here’s a minimum height guide:

Vole Rabbit Hare Roe Deer/Muntjac Fallow Deer
Vole, Mice
20cm
Rabbit
60cm
Hare
75cm
Roe Deer/Muntjac
1.20m
Fallow Deer
1.50m

And it’s not just pests that could damage your plants. If you’re spraying chemical treatments or strimming around their base, you’ll need protection to keep your plants damage-free here, too.

Return to the Plant Protection tab on each plant page for more specific advice for each species.