The 9 Best Tree Wraps
This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in January of 2018. It takes more than just sunshine and water to keep trees healthy and vibrant all year round, and young trees, in particular, can be susceptible to both climate changes and animals gnawing on their bark. These tree wraps make protecting your greenery a relatively quick, affordable, and easy process, and are one of the best options for deterring pests and preventing sun damage. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
July 02, 2020:
The primary reason for tree wraps is protection from sun scald. Sun scald is when bark on a tree is damaged by its freezing after being reactivated from dormancy. This often happens during winter when temperatures decrease, causing the tree's cells to become dormant. On a sunny winter day, the heat may reanimate some of the cells. Then once the temperatures drop again at night, the animated cells freeze and die. This can be severe enough to kill the tree. Saplings and thin-barked trees like aspens, soft maples, poplars, sycamores, and many fruit trees are most susceptible to sun scald and therefore require protection.
Tree wraps like the Walter E Clark 50-Foot can protect your trees by reflecting light away. They keep them dormant and therefore reduce the likelihood that they'll be killed by the cold. To wrap, simply start at the base of the tree, and wrap the paper around the trunk in a spiral while overlapping about half of the width of the paper. This overlapping also helps by making water and snow roll off. Then, once you reach the bottom of the main bundle of branches, you can tape up the wrap securely (don't use tape on the bark itself). Dewitt TW3W serves the same purpose but its white color is even better at reflecting light. It is also flexible enough to be tied off, so no tape is required.