Hey Orchard Caretakers! Have you covered your bases for winter? Be sure your trees are protected within the next few weeks, as one of the biggest threats to young trees is winter damage caused by rodents munching the outer cambium of the trees.
There are many ways to protect the bases of trees from rodents, but this is what we do. It is cost effective when doing a large number of trees to get a 3' wide roll of fiberglass screen, available at most hardware stores. Here is a step-by-step to transform a 3' roll of fiberglass screen into rectangles that are roughly 18" x 10" so the bottom 1.5' of the tree is protected. It can be helpful to do this with a partner: