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Reforestation Supplies

Listed below are several methods for protecting and caring for tree plantings.

Shelters

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. The primary purpose is to prevent drying of the seedling’s roots during the planting process.

Animal repellents

Animal repellents are used to deter browsing by whitetail deer and rabbits. Browsing, especially by deer, has been an increasing problem for landowners planting tree seedlings. Repellents are usually a liquid that is sprayed onto the tree seedlings. They repel pests by making the trees smell or taste bad. Repellents must be reapplied periodically to maintain their effectiveness.

Bud caps

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.

Company Address City/State Zip Phone Fax Planting Bars Root Dips Weed Mats Tree Tubes Fencing Repellents Tree Shelters
Ben Meadows Company [exit DNR] PO Box 5277 Janesville, WI 53547 800-241-6401 800-628-2068
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Cascade Forest Tree Nursery 21995 Fillmore Road Cascade, IA 52033 563-852-3042 563-852-5004
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Chief River Nursery [exit DNR] W8869 River Rd Ojibwa, WI 54862 800-367-9254 866-226-5204
 
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Critterfence [exit DNR] P.O. Box 220 Pleasant Valley, CT 06063 860-921-7900 860-238-3299
 
 
 
 
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Dave Asche 24749 Highway 18 Farmersburg, IA 52047 563-536-2856  
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David Ruffalo - bare root seedlings 3321 Polk St Kansasville, WI 53139 262-914-1152  
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Fickle Hill Fence and Supply [exit DNR]   CA   888-633-3623 707-822-0403  
 
 
 
 
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Forestry Suppliers Inc [exit DNR] 205 West Rankin St Jackson, MS 39284 800-647-5368 800-543-4203
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Gempler’s [exit DNR] PO Box 44993 Madison, WI 53744 800-382-8473  
 
 
 
 
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Golden Sands RCD [exit DNR] 1462 Strongs Ave Stevens Point  WI 54481 715-343-6215 715-345-5358
 
 
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Great Lakes Nursery [exit DNR] W2390 County Rd J Gleason, WI 54435 888-733-3564 715-873-3416
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GSI Geo Synthetics Inc [exit DNR] W239 N428 Pewaukee Rd Waukesha, WI 53188 800-444-5523  
 
 
 
 
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Itasca Greenhouse, Inc. [exit DNR] 26385 Blackwater Rd., PO Box 273 Cohasset, MN 55721 800-538 8733 218-328 9843
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Johnson's Way [exit DNR] W186 N6520 Marcy Road Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 262-252-3674  
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KF Evergreens [exit DNR] 9629 Camp Ave Sparta, WI 54656 800-458-7275 715-597-3130
 
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National Wild Turkey Federation PO Box 530 Edgefield, SC 29824 800-843-6983  
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Non-Typical Food Plots [exit DNR] 633 Leonards Way Argusville, ND 58005    
 
 
 
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PLANTRA [exit DNR] 2508 Northland Drive Mendota Heights, MN 55120 800-951-3806 651-681-2067
 
 
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Plantskydd [exit DNR]          
 
 
 
 
 
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Southwest Badger RCD 150 W Alona Ln Lancaster, WI 53813 608-723-6377  
 
 
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Timber Management LLC 385 Northhaven Drive  Robins, IA 52328 319-573-0615  
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tree Pro [exit DNR] 3180 West 250 North West Lafayette, IN 47906 800-875-8071  
 
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Treessentials Co. 60 E. Plato Blvd., Ste. 130 St. Paul, MN 55107 800-248-8239 800-809-5818
 
 
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Wayside Fencing [exit DNR] 63 Third Ave. Bayshore, NY 11706 800-847-7789 631-968-6928
 
 
 
 
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Wheeler's Laura's Lane Nursery [exit DNR] PO Box 232 Plainfield, WI 54966 715-366-2477 715-366-8202
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