Here’s an idea – why don’t we invent a product that not only protects trees, but also doesn’t require trees to be cut down to make it! Hang on, that product already exists!
Plastic tree guards are brilliant, and really so simple. These are not the plastic wraps you place around saplings, but sturdy, recycled plastic products that not only protect the tree but also look great.
By attaching the panels to bollards – also available in recycled plastic – the tree guard can be adapted to any size, and can be fixed vertically or horizontally.
Durable and eye-catching, recycled plastic tree guards won’t rot or crack, are termite-resistant and will never need painting.
Practical and attractive
Clearly the tree guard has very practical uses, but it is also very attractive, and a key component of street furniture these days. Street furniture includes things like bollards, benches and water fountains.
They are used to create areas where people can congregate, meet or simply sit and relax while they eat their lunch.
All these items are also available in recycled plastic, showing its huge growth and flexibility.
Recycled plastic street furniture has many advantages. Like the plastic tree guards, it’s durable, rot-proof, rust-proof, termite-proof, won’t crack, doesn’t need painting, weatherproof – the list just goes on and on.
But it’s also the most environmentally-friendly option. Not only is it helping reduce the amount of plastic waste that goes into landfill – or worse, ends up in our oceans, but it is also saving precious natural resources and reducing the amount of Co2 released into the atmosphere.
Plastic tree guards are a great way of protecting trees from all sorts of damage. In fact, they can increase the survival rate of your trees by shielding them from damage by animals, equipment and people.
Of course, a tree’s bark gives it some protection but, just below the surface of the bark, is a thin layer of cells, known as the cambium.
The cambium is responsible for transporting water and nutrients around the tree, and for producing new growth. If the bark – and therefore the cambium – is damaged, the tree will become susceptible to weather damage and disease.
And we’ve all seen the damage caused if we get careless with the lawn mower or weed trimmer. With all the best will in the world, it can be difficult to avoid.
Same good looks, less work
Of course, the concept of using a tree guard is not new, and there are some stunning designs on the markets, made from timber or highly decorative wrought iron. But while these may look great, they are going to need ongoing maintenance and painting, and will eventually rot or corrode.
Plastic tree guards create that same effect, that look of wrought iron, but don’t need painting, won’t corrode or rot, and offer just as much protection.
They are also very affordable and, of course, are fulfilling another very important role. Not only are they protecting those trees, but they are helping protect the environment as a whole, reducing our reliance on raw materials and making excellent use of the tonnes of plastic waste created every day.
BIO: Environmental journalist Writer believes recycled plastic tree guards are not just good for trees – but for the whole planet.
SUMMARY: Whether it’s for protection or kerb appeal, recycled plastic tree guards are an essential piece of street furniture.