William Moss: Winter time, most of the plants are gone. But if you're a hungry rabbit or a vole or a mouse that just means bark is on the menu. So you want to make sure that you protect your thin bark trees, otherwise you may find that the rabbits would gnaw on the bark. And in some instances they can actually girdle the tree and eat the bark all the way around and actually kill it.
You are going to need a fencing material, this can either be made of steel or plastic, doesn't matter, just something so that they don't want to gnaw up against it. You are going to need either pruners or scissors and then something to tie together and that's it.
I have already cut a piece out; it's going to fit around this witch-hazel. You want to get right up at the base of the tree and start to go around it. You want the height of your fence to be at least 2 feet. I prefer three and a half and now we can start tying them together. It's best to start your twisty tie like this, make a U, pull them through; then twist it.
With some fencing, some twisty ties and a little bit of effort, it's easy to protect your shrubs from rabbits, rodents, beavers, anything else that might want to attack them this winter. Get out and grow!