Tree wrap & Rose Collars


Fall is here and it’s time to start thinking about protecting our trees and plants from the impending winter cold.  We carry a variety of products designed to keep your babies safe from the elements and keep them looking their best after the thaw.  Two products that we highly recommend are tree wrap and rose collars.


Tree Wrap

Sunscald can occur on the side of young deciduous tree trunks.  A typical Colorado winter day may be sunny and up to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, causing the living layer under the bark to come out of dormancy and become active.  If Temperatures drop below freezing it kills active cells and conductive tissue.  Young, thin-barked deciduous trees, such as honey locusts, fruit trees, ashes, oaks, maples, lindens and willows are at highest risk. Commercial tree wraps made of crepe paper insulate bark and are an effective way to prevent sunscald.  In late October or early November, wrap trunks upward from the base of the tree to a point just above the lowest branches.  Overlap about 33 percent with each turn.  Secure the wrap with tape, but be careful not to attach the tape to the tree bark.  Be sure to remove tree wrap and tape the following April to avoid girdling and possible insect damage.  Information courtesy of CSU Extension

Rose Collars

Rose collars help to protect the grafts on grafted roses (hybrid tea, floribunda, grandiflora, and many other specialty varieties) from freezing by placing the rose collar around the base of the rose plant and filling it with clean leaf debris, mulch, or compost.  Remove debris from the base of the roses, and use a rose collar to hold, compost, straw or bark over the rose crown. Collars should be removed the following April. We carry heavy duty plastic rose collars that can be reused year after year.


Originally published on October 1, 2015.  Updated on October 3, 2018.

6 Responses to “Tree wrap & Rose Collars”

  1. Parmelee says:

    I’m unclear!

    They recommend, ‘…placing the rise collar around the base of the plant and filling with clean leaf debris, mulch or compost” THEN FOLLOW THAT SENTENCE WITH, ‘Remove the debris from the base of the roses and use a rose collar to hold compost, bark or straw over the Rose crown’.

    Is the second sentence referring to Fall Or is that procedure to be completed in Spring?


    • jesse says:

      Sorry for the confusion. Clean up this year’s debris (fallen leaves and flowers from the Rose) in the fall and then place the collar and fill it with mulch or clean leaves. We don’t want to leave old rose leaves around the base as this can encourage fungal problems next year.

  2. Marilyn Rbrchk says:

    What do you recommend to protect young trees from winter deer damage?

    • jesse says:

      For trunk protection, the rigid plastic trunk wrap is best, but if they’re munching on the branches too, about the only option is to build a wire cage around the tree to prevent deer from reaching the branches.

  3. Kay says:

    What is the earliest you recommend wrapping the trees. I cannot remember when I did it last year!

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