Why Do I Need To Use “Tree Wrap” On My Newly Planted Trees?

Tree Wrap
Tree wrap is used to prevent sunscald injury which usually occurs during winter and early spring. Intense sunlight warms the surface of the trees to the point of stimulating cell activity in the bark. A sudden drop in temperature at night can cause damage to the tree resulting in a condition known as sunscald.  Tree wrap is necessary for, not only newly planted trees but also thin barked trees, like soft maple, honeylocust and crabapples. 
Commercial crepe wrap is usually light in color which helps reflect the light and cuts down on the heating process. Trees planted on the south sides of buildings can be especially vulnerable and most of the damage will show up on the southwest sides of the tree.
Apply the wrap in November. Start at the bottom of the trunk, overlapping the wrap as you wind it upward. Secure the end with masking tape. Don’t use twine, as it may girdle the tree. In April, remove the wrap so insects or diseases aren’t tempted to move in. An easy way to remember… wrap by Thanksgiving and unwrap by Easter. Note that while tree wrap will not protect your trees from deer damage it will deter rabbits from girdling your saplings.
Protect your investment & wrap your trees!
Tree wrap is available for purchase at Pine Lane Nursery!