Tommy is a second-generation Florida citrus grower and nurseryman. He has a passion for the citrus industry and is committed to the continuation of his agricultural roots even though it has been a difficult past couple of years. Scotty is a third-generation citrus grower who also comes with deep roots in the industry and a passion for new innovations that could make a positive contribution back to an industry that has been such a big part of his life

Tommy Thayer, Jr. & Scott Thompson
Tommy Thayer, Jr. & Scott Thompson


Other crops such as cannabis, coffee, tomatoes, peppers, avocados, pears, blueberries, grapes and many others can benefit from using Tree Defender.

This has never been more evident than what is currently taking place in the ongoing battle against citrus greening. Growers today are having to use more and more pesticides and fertilizers in an attempt to just keep their groves alive, and this method appears to be failing. Just as with any abuse or chemical dependency where the addict has to use more and more just to obtain the same result, the party eventually comes to an end. There appears to be a movement of enlightened growers in the industry today that are coming to the realization that by continuing down this path, “The juice just isn’t worth the squeeze”. This is where The Tree Defender enters the picture.

The use of different methods of screen to protect plants is not a new concept. However, it has never been practical enough, durable enough, or economical enough for the citrus grower until now. Created by growers for growers, the innovative design of The Tree Defender successfully overcomes all three of these challenges. Just as you would not want to send a child out into the world to face life’s challenges poorly clothed, sick, and malnourished, why would you compromise your investment and start your new planting in this manner?

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Solution for Citrus Greening

While long-term solutions aren’t yet on the horizon, the Tree Defender provides an immediate solution to citrus greening by preventing psyllids from infecting citrus trees as they are maturing. Having been in the field now for over three years, Tree Defender can still confidently say that no psyllid has yet to be found on any tree being covered by their screens.

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