Contractors need to know how long it takes to install tree shelters when pricing up planting jobs. Plastic tree shelters are easy, as they’ve been installed many times over. However, NexGen shelters are new and a little heavier, and they have pre-installed metal ties rather than nylon, so most contractors won’t have installed them yet and won’t know what time to base their quote on.
Tim Oliver took a speed test on a recent visit to one of our test sites to help give a good estimate of how long it will take to install NexGen compared with plastic tree shelters using nylon cable ties. He enlisted the help of Kelly Hollick from Broughton Sanctuary in Skipton in a time trial installing NexGen biodegradable tree shelters vs plastic ones.
The result might surprise you.