Fruit growers can benefit from the protection of their fruit trees against animals, weeds, herbicide sprays, regular mechanical maintenance and stem damages caused by sun burn during winter months. Tubex makes life easier for the fruit grower by increasing survival rates of juvenile fruit trees, by reducing time and effort for repetitive maintenance and by protection from irreversible damages. Improved tree health directly leads to higher yield and extended phase of production maximum.
Our overall objective is to make life easier for the fruit grower, by reducing the costs of growing and maintaining them. Fruit growers can benefit from the protection of their fruit trees against animals, weeds, herbicide sprays and mechanical maintenance with Tubex shelters, giving you flexibility in site maintenance.
Stem damages by mechanized tending operations
Commercial fruit producers have to maintain hundreds of hectares of orchard areas. A time consuming activity is manual or mechanized tending of the orchard floor to keep weed growth at an acceptable level. Even, if done with accuracy, after every repetition of the tending operation, a slight percentage of stems is suffering on bark damages. With a log term view on the earnings, a damaged tree could never develop full potential of fruit production.
Bark damages by rodents, roe- and red deer
Juvenile orchard trees, especially those growing in rural regions at non-protected areas, are typically used as a kind of nutrient provider by rodents and deer during winter time. Depending on size of the herbivore, bark is removed at different stem height – but damages could be massive, especially if roe- and red deer is destroying the cambium by stripping the stem.
Difficult use of herbicides
At young fruit tree plantations with small trees sun radiation on the floor is high. Under this conditions, the application of herbicides could become the only solution to suppress weeds. As the young trees have not developed a strong bark at this stage, herbicides are able to pass this paper-thin protection layer. To prevent damages on trees or complete loss of some individuals, spaying has to be done very carefully and in a time consuming matter.
Sun Burn during winter period
Massive damages on bark and stem could be caused by temperature differences between day and night during winter months. Typically, stems are painted white to prevent the stem surface from heating during the day. The time and cost consuming treatment has to be repeated year by year – until the tree has developed a strong, self-isolating bark after several years.
Protection from any mechanical damages
TUBEX shelters for fruit trees are designed as a strong double wall construction to protect from damages caused by rodents, roe- and red deer and they are strong enough, to resist against trimmers as well. A extra strong version, developed to protect against heavier trimming tools, is available as well. A healthy bark and unwounded stem is the only option to prevent the tree from affection by viruses and fungus deceases. Every shelter is double worth it´s investment, as it saves the single plant from a process of decay – and every tree from a plant abused as a host for viruses and wood-destroying fungus.
Protection from herbicides or weeds
The self-closing Wrap products within the TUBEX portfolio guarantee best protection against herbicides and they are available at different diameters and heights. A perfect adoption to tree size and spraying system is possible. Further, the shelter protect the young plant from the risk to be overgrown by weeds for a certain time span und thus, spraying operations could be reduced or timely placed on the perfect moment in terms maximum weed control success.
Protection from massive damages caused by sun burn
Under certain continental climatic conditions, fruit trees are running a very high risk to be damaged by sun burn during winter period. TUBEX offers a alternative to the mandatory painting of stems with white coating colour with the big advantages of single investment of labour to mount the shelter and the option to reuse the same shelter after a couple of years for another, younger tree, that needs to be protected.
Improved growth, better survival rates, superior productivity, extended production span
It is just logical, that all the single benefits provided by TUBEX tree shelters are resulting in better growth rates and tree health in stage of youth and thus in higher survival rates. It takes several years, until a fruit tree reaches the phase of being able to produce fruits at maximum level – and beside TUBEX is accelerating the time span to reach this phase of highest productivity, our shelters are helping to extend this phase by preventing the tree from bark and stem damages and thus, from viruses and wood destroying fungus.
Improves fruit trees health
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