Wire guards for trees


Meeting of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

12 March 2007

Wire Guards for Newly Planted Young Trees

Question: Councillor M. Baker:

"To ask the Manager why wire guards are not routinely placed around newly planted young trees to protect them from vandalism and breakage?"


"The survival of newly planted trees depends on a number of factors


Specification of species and size


Choice of location


Ground preparation, staking, watering and maintenance


Protection (tree guards)

In most circumstances the first 3 criteria are adequate to ensure the establishment of trees and only as a last resort do we provide tree guards. Tree guards also add considerably to the cost of tree planting and would therefore not be cost effective if used on every tree."

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