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Staking your Tree

Young trees should be able to support their own weight, but when they are transplanted, they often need time to reestablish themselves.  Also, many nurseries plant their trees very close together to maximize use of space and stake them to promote height growth at the expense of trunk strength.  When shopping for trees, look for trees with branches all along the trunk - not just at the top.

Once a tree is planted, it will concentrate its energy on standing upright.  If it is unable to do so, try thinning out the upper branches to reduce wind resistance.  If that is not enough and you find you have to stake a tree, remember the following"

1. Only stake the tree long enough for it to be able stand on its own. 

2.  Stakes should not be too tight - there should be room for the tree to sway in the wind.

3. Stakes should not be too loose - the tree should not rub against the stakes.

4. Stakes should be buried at least 1.5 feet underground to provide ample support.

 

 

Instructions

Things You'll Need:

  • Lengths Of Garden Hoses or professional canvas tree straps
  • Trees
  • Wood Or Metal Garden Stakes
  1. Buy wooden or metal stakes that are about 1/3 the height of your tree, plus at least 1 1/2 

     

    feet to be sunk into the ground. If your stakes are longer than 8 feet, 25 percent of the total length should be below ground.

  2. Drive the stakes into either side of the hole before you set in the tree.

  3. Secure the tree to the stakes with broad, soft straps or lengths of hose. Do not use wire around the trunk, even if it's threaded inside pieces of hose; it can cut into the young trunk and cause permanent damage.

  4. Fasten the straps tightly to the stakes and very loosely to the tree. There should be enough slack so that the tree can move up to 2 inches in every direction. If the trunk can't move, it won't grow in girth and will remain unstable.

  5. Remove the stakes and ties within a year after planting.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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