- Contact information
- For nursery related questions, contact:
- One of Wisconsin's state nurseries.
Listed below are several methods for protecting and caring for tree plantings.
Shelters protect trees from animal browse and improve initial height growth by creating a "greenhouse" effect. They make seedlings easier to locate and protect the trees from herbicide damage. Tree shelters do not eliminate the need for vegetation control and they require annual maintenance. Netting should be placed on the top of shelters to prevent the accidental death of birds in search of nesting sites.
Shelters block a significant quantity of incoming light, so they should be used in full sun conditions. Tree shelters are used primarily with high value hardwoods and the cost may not be economically justified for many landowners. Other problems associated with the use of shelters include stem dieback and rodent nesting. After a few years, tree shelters may actually inhibit sapling growth, so shelters should be removed once terminal shoots have emerged from the shelter top and the sapling becomes rigid enough to stand on its own.
Mulches and vegetation mats
Mulches and vegetation mats are used to suppress weed growth, retain soil moisture and reduce erosion. Mulches can include bark, sawdust, straw, wood chips or other materials. Mulches must be applied to a depth adequate to suppress weed growth (i.e., 2-3 inches), but should not be heaped or mounded immediately next to the seedling. Mulches are labor intensive to apply and can attract rodents seeking areas for nesting. Vegetation mats are typically made from plastics or natural fibers. They suppress weed growth while still allowing water infiltration. The primary disadvantage of mats is the high cost.
Root dips and gels
Root dips and gels are hydrating gels used to coat seedling roots prior to handling and planting operations. Its primary purpose is to prevent drying of the seedling’s roots during the planting process.
Animal repellants are used to deter browsing by whitetail deer and rabbits. Browsing, especially by deer, has been an increasing problem for landowners planting tree seedlings. Repellants are usually a liquid that is sprayed onto the tree seedlings. They repel pests by making the trees smell or taste bad. Repellants must be reapplied periodically to maintain their effectiveness.
Bud caps are pieces of paper or plastic mesh that are stapled over the terminal (top) bud to deter browsing during the winter months.
Places to purchase
For your reforestation supply needs, please refer to the following list of vendors.
|Planting Supplies||Critter Controls|
|Company||Address||City/State||Zip||Phone||Fax||web site||Planting Bars||Root Dips||Weed Mats||Fencing||Repellents||Tree Shelters|
|David Ruffalo - bare root seedlings||3321 Polk St||Kansasville WI||53139||262-914-1152||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Ben Meadows Company||PO Box 5277||Janesville WI||53547||800-241-6401||800-628-2068||www.benmeadows.com||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Cascade Forest Tree Nursery||21995 Fillmore Road||Cascade IA||52033||563-852-3042||563-852-5004||www.cascadeforestry.com||X||X||X||X|
|Chief River Nursery||W8869 River Rd||Ojibwa, WI||54862||800-367-9254||866-226-5204||www.chiefrivernursery.com||X||X|
|Critterfence||P.O. Box 220||Pleasant Valley, CT||06063||860-921-7900||860-238-3299||www.critterfence.com||X|
|Fickle Hill Fence and Supply||CA||888-633-3623||707-822-0403||www.ficklehillfence.com||X|
|Forestry Suppliers Inc||205 West Rankin St||Jackson MS||39284||800-647-5368||800-543-4203||www.forestry-suppliers.com||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Gempler’s||PO Box 44993||Madison WI||53744||800-382-8473||www.gemplers.com||X||X|
|Golden Sands RCD||1462 Strongs Ave||Stevens Point WI||54481||715-343-6215||715-345-5358||www.goldensandsrcd.org||X||X||X|
|Great Lakes Nursery||W2390 County Rd J||Gleason WI||54435||888-733-3564||715-873-3416||www.greatlakesnursery.com||X||X||X||X|
|GSI Geo Synthetics Inc||W239 N428 Pewaukee Rd||Waukesha WI||53188||800-444-5523||www.geo-synthetics.com||X|
|Itasca Greenhouse, Inc.||26385 Blackwater Rd., PO Box 273||Cohasset, MN||55721||800-538 8733||218-328 9843||www.itascagreenhouse.com||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|KF Evergreens||9629 Camp Ave||Sparta WI||54656||800-458-7275||715-597-3130||www.kfevergreens.com||X|
|National Wild Turkey Federation||PO Box 530||Edgefield SC||29824||800-843-6983||http://turkey-shoppe.nwtf.org/landmanagement-trees.html||X||X||X|
|PLANTRA||2508 Northland Drive||Mendota Heights, MN||55120||800-951-3806||651-681-2067||www.plantra.com||X||X||X|
|Southwest Badger RCD||150 W Alona Ln||Lancaster WI||53813||608-723-6377||www.treeprotection.org||X||X||X|
|Timber Management LLC||385 Northhaven Drive||Robins, IAfirstname.lastname@example.org||X|
|Tree Pro||3180 West 250 North||West Lafayette IN||47906||800-875-8071||www.treepro.com||X||X||X|
|Treessentials Company||60 E. Plato Blvd., Ste. 130||St. Paul, MN||55107||800-248-8239||800-809-5818||www.treessentials.com||X||X||X|
|Wayside Fencing||63 Third Ave.||Bayshore, NY||11706||800-847-7789||631-968-6928||www.waysidefence.com||X|
|Wheeler's Laura's Lane Nursery||PO Box 232||Plainfield WI||54966||715-366-2477||715-366-8202||www.lauraslanenursery.com||X||X||X|