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The "GROW CONE" represents a significant advancement in shelter design. The unique (and patented) approach with a distinctive shape, material, staking design and entire manufacturing process not employed by other shelters. With a heavier investment in design, tooling and processing machinery, the result is a level of protection and ease of use not attainable with other products.
PROBLEMS WITH OTHER TUBES: - Requires a long slender tube - Requires labor intensive assembly by you or the planter - Require attachment to an external stake with wires, staples or pull ties. VERY LABOR INTENSIVE AND OFTEN DO NOT HOLD UP...folks, I am speaking from personal experience.
THE "GROW CONE" ADVANTAGES...
SELF-ANCHORING DESIGN. Requires NO TOOLS to install. There is no need to carry a hammer or mallet along with a bundle of stakes to set up your tree protector.
EASE OF INSTALLATION. When you consider the price of a shelter, don't forget to include the stakes, ties and your time spent carrying all of this into the field and installing them. With 3 integral wire stakes, the GROW CONE simply pushes into the soil in seconds! There is no assembly to do in the field and no wire ties to fuss with! The Browse Mesh extension also installs without tools or ties.
PHOTO-DEGRADABLE TRANSLUCENT BASE AND PROTECTIVE BROWSE MESH. No other sheltering device offers this combination of protection!! When getting started a seedling needs protection from the wind and intense, scalding sunlight. This protective, windless environment of filtered sunlight and greater moisture in the solid base section of GROW CONE promotes photosynthesis, thus accelerating root system development and caliper of the planting. The vertical growth rate of a planting inside the GROW CONE is also enhanced by the tendency of a plant to "reach" for the light - a botanical process called phototropism. The brighter light entering the cone from the top - as opposed to the translucent sides - causes accelerated vertical growth as well. The top section of Browse Mesh on the GROW CONE offers protection against the larger browsing animals as the planting matures. When a seedling is very young, some species may produce as few as one terminal bud. Browsing this solitary terminal bud can actually be fatal to some species.
WIDER BASAL AREA with the necessary venting at the top. With its generous diameter at the base and tapered conical shape, the GROW CONE with it's unique shape is wider than other shelters, allowing for lateral branching of the seedling - very important for many species such as conifers but even deciduous species benefit by the improved ventilation of a wider space.
360 DEGREE OF SHADING of the root stock. Before the roots of a seedling have developed and pushed far beneath the surface, they are most sensitive to extremely hot environments. The shading of the root stock keeps the ground which envelopes the tap root cooler. At the same time, by shading the soil and keeping arid winds from stripping the moisture from the plant and soil, the soil conditions under the GROW CONE have been tested by independent studies to contain more moisture than surrounding soil. This promotes survival rates far beyond those of unsheltered seedlings on your site or those protected with mesh alone.
PROTECTION FROM BROWSING ANIMALS and rodent girdling They're cute and furry, but rabbits, voles and other critters love to devour those conifer seedlings you just planted, or completely chew the soft, nutritious cambium around the base of the seedling (called "girdling"), inflicting a mortal wound to your project.
PROTECTION FROM DRYING WINDS. Even on those hot summer days in the southwest, the nights are sufficiently cool for dew to develop on grounds cover and seedlings. When sun comes up, the morning breezes can quickly strip this condensation from the seedlings, robbing them of the moisture with which they could otherwise flourish. With the GROW CONE, this moisture stays with the seedling longer, allowing it to drop onto the soil, directly benefiting the growth of the seedling. Full length mesh or fully vented tubes cannot deliver this kind of benefit.
PROTECTION FROM HERBICIDE DRIFT and airborne invasive species . Herbicides are often used in the area around a planted seedling to clear competing vegetation, which can otherwise overrun young seedlings, denying them needed moisture and nutrients. If conditions or available equipment do not allow tilling or scarifying the local site, the herbicides used to scale back the weeds can accidentally damage or kill the planted seedling. The GROW CONE protects your seedling from this lateral drift of herbicides.
MITIGATES TEMPERATURE EXTREMES. Behaving much the same as a miniature greenhouse would, the GROW CONE works to ease the stress put on plantings from outside temperature extremes. The shade afforded in very hot, arid seasons along with the right amount of venting allow the conditions inside the GROW CONE to remain cooler while protecting available moisture.
SUPERIOR WIND / WEATHER STABILITY. Having (3) self-staking points, the GROW CONE is more stable than other designs. There is no need to orient the shelter with consideration to prevailing winds or to manipulate the soil around the shelter to prevent the shelter from weathervaning as with other lightweight shelters having only a single stake. Excessive movement of a shelter under heavy wind loads can damage the seedling it's trying to protect. With other shelters, trying to limit movement with a single stake is difficult at best unless you spend more time piling some soil around the base, which by itself can have other harmful effects on the seedling. The GROW CONE is stable from all directions by it's design. The conical shape and (3) staking points offers unbeaten protection against heavy loads compared to any other lightweight shelter. Driven snow loads, ice storms or wind driven debris can all but wipe out a young seedling population.
AN ENTIRELY NEW APPROACH to shelter design and construction!! The production tooling and injection molding process by which the GROW CONE is made is far different and more complex that what is required of "sheet goods" or of shelters made from simple extrusion processes. Plus, a unique, blended copolymer of virgin and recycled components with special additives controlling the rate of decay allows the GROW CONE to photo degrade in approximately 5 years (depending on site conditions). TRY IT YOURSELF AND SEE THE DIFFERENCE. If your planting project would benefit from shelters... your shelters would benefit from a GROW CONE!
18" tall with 4" top and 6.5" bottom