How to Protect Tree Seedlings


Small tree seedlings can look like a delicious snack to many animals in the wild. Without proper protection, your newly planted tree can go from healthy to dead in a matter of a few minutes. Also, some newly planted trees should be protected from cold, dry winds during the winter months. This is especially true for evergreens, according to University of Minnestoat Extension. Since they retain their leaves in the winter, the winds may dry out the leaves to the point of desiccation.

Step 1

Pound four metal stakes into the ground to form a rectangle around your tree. The stakes should be pounded a foot into the ground and each of them should be a foot from the tree.

Step 2

Wrap metal fencing material or metal mesh around the outside of the stakes. The spaces in between the fencing should be narrow enough that rabbits and other small rodents can't climb through, advises the University of Maryland's Department of Environmental Science and Technology. Overlap the fencing seam a few inches.

Step 3

Cut small pieces of galvanized wire and tie the fencing to each stake in several places. Tie the fencing to itself at the overlap seam with a few pieces of galvanized wire.

Step 4

Wrap burlap around the outside of the fencing before winter sets in. Overlap the seam a few inches and secure it by wrapping twine or rope around the outside of the burlap in two or three locations. Tie it down tight. Leave this protection on until winter abates in the spring.

Things You'll Need

  • 5-foot tall metal stakes
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • 5-foot tall metal fencing
  • Galvanized wire
  • Wire cutter
  • Burlap
  • Rope or twine
  • Scissors


  • University of Maryland: How To Plant, Protect and Care for Your Tree
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Protecting Trees and Shrubs Against Winter Damage
Keywords: protect tree seedlings, desiccation, metal stakes, metal fencing, galvanized wire

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Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.