I'm planting about 100 sprouts that I can get super cheap (about $20) from our state's nursery. 25 red oak, 25 hickory, 25 wild plum, 25 deciduous holly in a couple of patches, buffer zones, and edges. I do not believe the hollies will be proper for tree tubes because they are too bushy so I'll have to put a metal fence around each one which will take some work. But the oaks, hickories and plums can go in a tree tube.
Q: I'm considering the 71" Plantra tree tubes. Any experience (positive or negative) with these? I see you recommend Miracle tubes and Tubex.
Q: I've never used tree tubes but if I understand correctly, the tubes are not removed until the tree is about to outgrow the tube. The Plantra tree tubes are perforated and designed to split the tube when the tree gets big enough. But how do you prune the tree while it is in the tube? Do you remove the tube and then replace it? From what I've seen, sprouts that grow into seedlings need pruning and sometimes the branches can get deformed in the tubes. How do you get at the trees to groom and prune them if the tubes are supposed to remain on the trees for several years? Especially when the tubes are 5-6'?