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Spiral guards are an economical method of plant protection and are perfect for use with young, slender hedgerow plants. Whilst offering protection from damage caused by rabbits, the clear walls of the spiral provides an ideal microclimate for young plants; stimulating growth and ensuring that they get off to a good, thriving start.
Please note that these spiral guards need to be planted with a cane for support. They are not supplied with canes - if you require canes too, please follow the link to view Bamboo canes
Spiral guards are manufactured from recycled P.V.C and offer a life expectancy of over 4 years, which is sufficient time to get most young trees and hedgerow plants established.
The base of plants should be sprayed to suppress weeds and reduce competition for nutrients. Spiral guards help with the process as they prevent herbicide from contact with the plants within.
Spiral guards need to be supported by bamboo canes – the plants alone will not support the guards.
Fitting spiral guards as part of the planting process is easy. Firstly, plant your plant in the desired location. Push a cane into the ground next to the plant, and simply slot the spiral guard over both the plant and the cane. Spiral guards can be removed from plants – subject to growth – after 3-5 years, once they are established.
You will find that the spiral guards are supplied in wraps of 5 - these need to be separated from one another prior to fitting.
Whilst spiral guards are suitable for most of the plants we stock, these should not be used with Holly or Laurel plants, as these require mesh guards or Tubex shrub shelters.
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- I have seen both clear and brown rabbit guards, do they have different usages?
Thank you for your question. We do not supply brown spiral guards, but understand the colour of the spiral on the market is more to do with the aesthetic preference than function - the same product, but in a different colour, should do the same job.
Hope that helps you, regards the Trees and Hedging Team
- How do I know which size of Spiral Guard to buy?
Thank you for your question:
If you are wanting to protect against rabbits you need to go for the 60 cm high spiral, if it is hares you are wanting to protect against you need to choose the 75cm high spiral as they are a slightly larger animal and reach higher up.
With regard to the diameter choice between 38mm diameter and 50mm (for the 60cm high spiral guard only), the slimmer / younger plants will fit inside the 38mm diameter spiral, but once you get to a 60-80cm plus height of plant you really want to be choosing the 50mm diameter spiral