Tuesday, February 1, 2011

When Shopping For Tree Tubes, Watch For Hidden Costs!

When shopping the internet for tree tubes for tree seedling protection, be sure to watch out for hidden costs - costs you can't see right away but which can dramatically affect the total cost of your tree planting project. 

In this post we'll cover two of these hidden costs:

1) Tree tube stake length:  With our Tubex Combitube Treeshelters, you can use a 4  foot stake with a 4 foot treeshelter.  When you drive the stake into the soil, the tube is rigid enough so that the part rising above the stake won't buckle in the wind.

For some tree tubes which are less sturdy, you might need a 5ft stake for a 4ft tube, so very little of the tube extends above the driven stake.  Otherwise, these pliable tubes would bend and fold over the top of the stake.

An extra foot of stake length means that the stake costs more of course, but also means it costs more to ship it as well.

2) Shipping and "handling" is another of the hidden costs when buying tree tubes.  Make sure you are comparing the full delivered price of a given tree tube, including tax, shipping and "handling."  Some companies post low online prices, but try to make it up with higher shipping fees.

As always, if you have any questions about Wilson Forestry Supply tree tubes, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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