Tubex Ecostarts

Online ordering & payment options

Online ordering & payment options

If you do not qualify for trade rates, immediate payment by credit or debit card via Sage Pay is required, or you may request contact from the office to make payment over the phone.

For customers who have been accepted for trade rates, we offer several ordering and payment options, including:

  • Immediate payment by credit or debit card via Sage Pay, our payment service provider.
  • Order on account (available to credit account customers only).
  • Request contact from the office & make payment over the phone.
  • Place order to reserve stock & request a call back to discuss timings, with payment only required upon despatch.
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60cm-57-73mm-150 100 £1.27 £1.06 9%
60cm-57-73mm-150 300 £1.16 £0.97 17%
60cm-57-73mm-150 500 £1.07 £0.89 24%
60cm-57-73mm-150 1000 £0.98 £0.82 30%
60cm-57-73mm-150 2500 £0.92 £0.77 34%
60cm-57-73mm-150 5000 £0.89 £0.74 37%
60cm-57-73mm-150 10000 £0.86 £0.72 38%
75cm-57-73mm-150 100 £1.49 £1.24 9%
75cm-57-73mm-150 300 £1.36 £1.13 18%
75cm-57-73mm-150 500 £1.25 £1.04 24%
75cm-57-73mm-150 1000 £1.15 £0.96 30%
75cm-57-73mm-150 2500 £1.08 £0.90 34%
75cm-57-73mm-150 5000 £1.04 £0.87 36%
75cm-57-73mm-150 10000 £1.01 £0.84 39%
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Note: Stake and plant sold separately

Tubex distributor

Tubex Distributor

We are an official Tubex distributor.

Discounted square sawn tree stakes when purchased with protection

You can benefit from discounted stake prices when purchasing a similar quantity of protection, where the stakes are required to support the purchased protection. If you are planning to purchase square sawn tree stakes too, please use this option to benefit from discounted prices.

Minimum Order Value

Please note that there is a minimum order value of £50.00 + VAT, excluding delivery.


Delivery to UK mainland is included for stock orders over £1500.00 + VAT (subject to postcode surcharges). For full details on delivery please view our delivery page.

The economic (hence 'eco') solution to reliable plant protection, where the main focus is the initial establishment period.

When the primary concern is getting the tree off to a good start, then the Ecostart from Tubex is both a reliable and competitive choice.

The most affordable pre-formed solid tube in the range of Tubex products, the Ecostart has been designed to offer a minimum of 3 years protection, boosting the chances of survival and healthy growth through the initial stage of a tree’s life.

Lower UV stabiliser and smaller diameters allow the shelter to breakdown earlier, making it suitable for small slender plants used in hedging and small scale landscaping.

If the young plant begins to fill the shelter then it can be easily released by splitting along the laserline.

Note - Shelter longevity is dependent on site and weather conditions.


  • Protects from browsing animals.
  • Protects from herbicide spray.
  • Creates microclimate to promote healthy growth.
  • Easy installation – comes with pre-fitted releasable cable tie(s).

Installation (view the installation tab above for a more comprehensive installation guide)

  • Plant bare root or cell grown plant.
  • Insert stake next to plant.
  • Install tube over plant, gently pushing into ground.
  • Tighten pre-fitted cable tie(s) around stake.
  • Plan for removal and recycling at end of life once the tree is established. More information on recycling is available here.
Dimensions Tubex Ecostart Range
Height^ 60cm 75cm
Diameter 57-73mm 57-73mm
Number of cable ties 1 2
Type of cable ties Releasable Releasable
Length of cable tie 150mm (6 inches) 150mm (6 inches)
Height of top cable tie from ground^^ 350mm 500mm
Height of bottom cable tie from ground^^ N/A 200mm
Average weight/tube 42g 55g

^ Manufacturing tolerance of tube height +/- 25mm

^^ Manufacturing tolerance of cable tie height +/- 15mm

Packaging Tubex Ecostart Range
Nest 3 3
Bundle 150 150
Bag or strap banded Bag Bag
Material · For all sizes
Tube Polypropylene (30% recycled material)
Cable tie Nylon
Tube colour Green
Service life (tube) Minimum 3 years
Biodegradable No
End of life Remove for recycling
Recyclable Yes
Recycling options Use a local Recycling Centre and the bin for 'Plastic' (Code 5 PP).
Or contact Tubex for details of their Collection & Recycling scheme.
Or use a similar agricultural recycling service.
Recommended support Stake

Plant Welfare

Animal protection

Animal protection
Protects young plants from bark-stripping and browsing animals.

Herbicide protection

Herbicide protection
The tube protects from herbicide spray.

Light transmission

Light transmission
Creates a mini greenhouse effect, encouraging growth.

Wind protection

Wind protection
Delivers wind break effect, protecting plants on exposed sites.

Flared rim

Flared rim
To minimise stem abrasion.


To allow the tree to break free.


UV stabilised polypropylene

Lower UV stabilisation*
Provides minimum 3 years protection.
*Compared to other Tubex

Strengthening rods

Strengthening rods
To prevent tearing at stake area.

Twin walled

Twin walled
Delivers best strength to weight ratio.


Through local supplier or via the Tubex Collection & Recycling Scheme.



For ease of movement around site.

Pre-fitted cable ties

Pre-fitted cable ties
Thumb-releasable for easy installation & maintenance.

Green colour

Green colour
Blends into background.


Identify which damaging agent (animal) you wish to protect your plants from.

This will influence the height of your protection and the wooden stake to support it.

Depending on the height selected, Ecostarts can help protect against voles, rabbits and hare.

Tubex Ecostart - Available sizes

Key - Tubex EcostartTubex Ecostart - Available sizes

Protecting against Vole Rabbit Hare Muntjac, Roe Deer Fallow Deer Red Deer
Minimum height of tube for protection 20cm 60cm 75cm 1.20m 1.50m 1.80m
Height of supporting stake* Not required 75cm 90cm 1.20m or 1.35m 1.50m 1.80m
Diameter type N/A Standard Standard Standard or Standard Plus Standard Plus Standard Plus
*It is advisable to use a longer stake for sandier, lighter soils.

Diameter types

Tubes are nested (one inside the other), to save space and time when moving plant protection around a site.

Diameters describe the range of diameters you will find in a nest of tubes, from the smallest to the largest.

Ecostart Tree Shelters come nests of 3 tubes. Their narrow diameters are suitable for young, slender plants.

Diameter types


Planting bare root or cell grown plants is a straightforward task, however, do not attempt to plant if the ground is frozen or waterlogged. Find a suitable position for your plants, bearing in mind future growth and potential height and spread at maturity.

Bare rooted or cell grown plants can be ‘notch’ planted in 3 steps:


1. Begin by inserting the blade of a spade into the ground. Push the spade handle away from you and then bring it back towards you. Once you remove the spade, you will see that you have created a cavity or ‘notch’ in the ground.

2. For bare root - place the plant roots within the cavity and shake to ensure that all of the roots are in the cavity and pointing downwards.
For cell grown – place the cell gently into the ground. Ensure the top of the plug (the soil surrounding the roots) is positioned at 2 to 4cm below the surface to avoid drying out.

3. Fill the cavity with soil. Use your heel to firm the soil around the plant to remove any air pockets. Once planted, give them a good water if practical to do so.

You are now ready to install your support and protection.



1. After planting, position the tube on the windward side of the stake if there are strong prevailing winds, and the stake between 2cm to 5cm from the base of the plant.

2. Hammer the stake into the ground with a stake driver or mallet (ideally knocking 1/3 of its height into the ground). Ensure it is vertical (particularly important on sloping ground). The top of the stake should be below the top rim of the shelter and above the top tie wrap.


1. Position the shelter over the tree, making sure not to damage any lateral branches, sliding the releasable tie wraps over the stake at the same time.

2. Push the shelter into the ground 1-2cm. This forms a safe barrier to deter vermin from burrowing under the shelter.

3. Tighten the thumb releasable ratchet ties, ensuring the shelter is firmly positioned.

4. Tuck the tie ends into the holes in the shelter for neatness and to deter rubbing by deer or sheep.


Plan for removal and recycling of shelters at end of life once the tree is established. More information on recycling is available here.

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Download Technical Data Sheet

Our carefully prepared, information-rich technical data sheets can be downloaded in PDF format for convenience.

Download link:
Tubex Ecostart - Technical Data Sheet (820 KB)

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