Choosing a Tubex Tree Shelter by Site Conditions

What are you protecting the tree against?

This will determine the height of the tubex tree shelter:

  1. Voles/Rodents – 20cm
  2. Rabbits – 60cm
  3. Hares – 75cm
  4. Muntjac Deer – 90cm
  5. Roe Deer  – 120cm
  6. Fallow/Sika Deer – 150cm
  7. Red Deer – 180cm

What trees are you protecting?

This will help inform you which type of shelter to use:

  1. Broadleaves.  Tubex Standard Shelters are the most popular option, but beech and hornbeam prefer a ventilated type, such as used for conifers. Tubex Ecostarts can be economical if the site is not too exposed and Treeguards or Shelterguards are the best choice, but cost a bit more.
  2. Conifers.  Conifers need good ventilation:  Tubex Treeguards or short Combitubes are most suitable. Treeguard Mesh Rolls can be economical, but you need to make the shelters yourself.
  3. Hedging.  Hedging does not suit solid shelters because you want room at the bottom of the tree for lateral growth, so hedging shelters need to allow branches to push out of the shelter.  Spiral shelters are the cheapest option, but Tubex  Easywraps provide stronger protection in exposed or heavily browsed areas.
  4. Shrubs.  Shrubshelters allow to a bushier growth habit as they are much wider than normal shelters: the Shrubshelter Plus is wider still. You can also get Treeguards for shrubs in shelter and roll format.

tubex-logoA Review of the Types of Tubex Tree Shelter


  1. Spirals. A spiral of recycled, colourless PVC which expands and unwraps as the tree grows, allowing for lateral branch growth.  38mm wide as standard, but 50mm wide options are available.
  2. Tubex Easywraps. More sturdy than the spirals, so will stand up to high winds and determined mammals better.  There is an overlap running the length of the shelter so that the shelter can expand as the tree grows, eventually allowing the branches to grow out on one side.


  1. Tubex Shrubshelter and Shrubshelter Plus. Wider than normal shelters to allow for bushy growth, the shrubshelter is 130-160mm wide and the Shurbshelter Plus is 144-200m wide.
  2. Tubex Treeguard mesh (for shrubs) Like the shrubshelters, but with the benefits of the treeguard mesh. Diameter is 150-200mm.
  3. Tubex Shelterguard Shrubshelter.  Like the shrubshelters, but with the benefits of the Shelterguard mesh. Diameter is 130-200mm.


  1. Tubex Voleguards.  Can be used to protect against strimming or voles and other rodents.  Normally doesn’t need a cane and will be supported by the tree.
  2. Tubex Ecostarts.  A narrower, cheaper option than Standard shelters, not suitable for high-exposure areas.
  3. Tubex Standard and Standard Plus.  This is Tubex’s standard range suitable for most broadleaf planting.  It is a solid shelter which allows for weed spraying, but also allows light penetration.  There is a perforated line to encourage the shelter to split after a few years and allow unimpeded growth.  The ‘plus’ range is slightly wider.
  4. Tubex Treeguard Shelter and Roll.  The treeguard range is a mesh which allows for ventilation around the tree, but  this means you cannot spray for weeds around the base of the tree.  You can make your own shelters from 50m rolls using cable ties, which can work out cheaper although it is much more time consuming.
  5. Tubex Shelterguard Shelter and Roll.  Shelterguards are like treeguards, but they have a thin film on the inside of the mesh which protects the tree from herbicide spraying.  The film breaks down after a couple of years, giving the tree the same ventilation benefits as the treeguard.
  6. Tubex Combitube Standard and Standard Plus.  Combitubes are very much like Standard shelters but the top half is perforated to give some ventilation.   The holes should be high enough not to draw in any herbicide being sprayed onto weeds, although care is needed.


  1.  Canes.  Used for hedging shelters and are described by weight per 100 canes: 9/11lb or 12/14lb. Our canes are all 90cm tall, suitable for 60cm and 75cm spirals and easywraps.
  2. Stakes – softwood.  The most popular choice as they are cheapest.  They are sourced sustainably and are pressure treated to standards laid down in BS8417:2003.
  3. Stakes – hardwood.  Better quality stakes which will last longer, but are more expensive.  We normally recommend hardwood stakes for shelters 120cm or taller, unless the site does not suffer from high winds.

Stakes and canes should be placed about 30cm into the ground, so the stake will need to be taller than the shelter to provide adequate support.


Stake Size Shelter Size
75cm 60cm
90cm 75cm
1.2-1.35cm 120cm