tree plantingRoots are not only essential for water and nutrient uptake but also for anchorage. So, what happens when the root ball is narrow and not yet spread out to anchor your tree? Smaller trees (with a narrow canopy) should be able to support themselves through high winds but larger trees should be staked. When staking, the tree should be allowed to move a bit- this makes for better root growth and a stronger root system. Leaving the ties too tight can cause the tree the become weak and possibly even snap in high winds. Leave your tree staked for 2-3 years to establish a strong and supportive root system then remove the stakes.

**NOTE: if there is a bamboo or small stake tightly attached to your new tree, remove it when you plant. This is not for stability but rather to keep the trunk straight when it is young**

 

 

HOW:
1 Stake: Place the stake about 18 inches away from the tree (for a smaller root ball- further for a larger one), on the side of the prevailing wind (the tree should blow away from the stake in a prevailing wind).
2 Stakes: Just like with one stake, place the stakes 18 inches from the tree, or further if the root ball is larger. With two stakes however, place them so your ties run perpendicular to the prevailing wind (see image below).
The stake(s) should be pushed in at least 2 feet down. Place your tie(s) up 2/3 from the base to the bottom of the canopy. Use ties that have a wide surface area so as not to scratch the bark (pantyhose or tire tube works well), or use rubber tubing on the bark area with wire or rope running though it. Tie in a "figure 8" style to the stake. Leave enough "give" in your ties for a bit of movement.

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