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If You See Metal Wrapped Around a Tree, This Is What It Means (www.familyhandyman.com)

Those metal bands, also known as baffles, strapped around trees are not holding the tree together, but they do have a purpose!

If you’ve driven or walked down a street and spotted tree trunks wrapped with sheet metal, you may have been stumped. These reflective, metal cuffs can be seen everywhere from Charlotte to Los Angeles to Miami to Northern Maine.

So what gives? Hint: These tree accessories are less about flash and more about protecting the tree from unwanted pests such as squirrels, rats and raccoons.

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