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Tree protection in the Middle Ages

You have them in all smells and colors but what benefits tree protectors if you don’t understand what exactly to protect. This is a nice graphic that clearly explains what to look out for. What you see above ground is just the tip of the iceberg. So definitely keep this in mind when you are remodeling. Otherwise, you run a very good chance that your garden will cost 3 times as much afterwards to restore that compacted soil. Or that beautiful tree that charmed you so much and was a reason to buy turns out to have only a short life.

At this Standards Institute website, you can download fun tree posters to put up in the yard. Norm Institute Trees is an independent foundation with the goal of improving quality assurance around trees. That goal was chosen with conviction. This is because we believe that trees make an essential contribution to people’s well-being. Trees are the cure for climate change because of the provision of “free” ecosystem services.

Aftercare and tree protection. What where and why?

It is important to protect your precious good after planting as well. All kinds of animals scratch, eat or graze, … or doggies love to … But what are you going to choose for yourself? Plastic is out of the question of course. Because recycling is a problem. But there are certainly some alternatives. Get inspired and have a look.

From biodegradable tubes, spiral bands, iron mesh, … Above all, think about what the goal is first and then just type in “Tree Guard” on youtube. You are amazed at the creativity.
But consider the following: How do you remove it? Does it grow with you? What will you do with it afterwards?
In our Smuljungle, we choose biodegradable spirals. Do you know of any other solutions? Keep it coming.


By the way, did you know that they were looking for solutions even in the Middle Ages?

In this painting by Jan van der Heyden (c. 1660, National Gallery London) of the Westerkerk on the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam, we see trees with tree guards around the trunks.

Is this so or does it seem so? When enlarged (see detail painting) you can still see very thin trunks, around which the wooden protection closes. What finesse in such a painting. Detail painting by Jan van der Heyden. Westerkerk Amsterdam. Coll. National Gallery.

Walther Schoonenberg additionally noted that on the 1625 map of Amsterdam by Balthasar Florisz. of Berckenrode(after the creation of the third city layout), this tree-protection is depicted in hundreds.

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