Tree tubes

Tree tubes!

So there you are, in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, hiking through the Passaic River Parkway, and suddenly you see a bazillion big weird things that look like hollow candles.

“What the heck!” you say.

You lean close to peer at a label, and learn that these hollow-candle-things are TREE TUBES.

But what on earth are “tree tubes?”

These tree tubes protect native saplings from being browsed and damaged by deer and also act as a mini "greenhouse", allowing light to filter through and moisture to become trapped within. Once the saplings reach the top of the tubes they (the tubes) will be removed by Parks staff.  For more information about our native plantings please call: (908) 527-4900

These tree tubes protect native saplings from being browsed and damaged by deer and also act as a mini “greenhouse”, allowing light to filter through and moisture to become trapped within. Once the saplings reach the top of the tubes they (the tubes) will be removed by Parks staff.

For more information about our native plantings please call:
(908) 527-4900

So that’s that.

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One Comment to “Tree tubes”

  1. The next thing I say is “but quite a few of the saplings have reached the top of the tubes; I wonder why those tubes haven’t been removed…” and then, upon further reflection, I come up with the possibility that maybe they don’t remove any of the tubes until they can remove all of them, or maybe they only check in on the tubes infrequently and just haven’t gotten around to it. And then I continue hiking, and quite a while later blog about my experience with these mysterious tubes.

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