Not all small trees need to be staked. Keep reading to find out if you need to stake a new tree. If so, learn some tree staking methods and how long to keep a tree staked in case you staked your tree? If you adequately rooted a healthy tree with a strong trunk and solid water source, chances are you won’t need to stake it. You also don’t need to stake evergreens, conifers or trees which have branches growing lower to the floor. There are times when you need to stake trees, though.
• Bare root woods or trees with a little root ball.
• Trees established in areas with lots of foot traffic, like a sidewalk or maybe a street.
• New trees that can’t take a position on their own or even those that begin to lean.
• High, top-heavy trees with no decreased branches.
• Young trees in case you live in a very windy area or if the ground is too wet or unfastened.
What You Need to Learn About Staking New Trees
While it seems like young trees need additional support, the truth is most trees should not to be staked. Staking trees that don’t need it may cause the tree to grow fewer roots and develop a poor or weak base. Only stake the tree if it requires extra support, protection or perhaps help to stay anchored. In case your new tree requires staking, here’s how to stake it properly:
• Take away the nursery stakes, and acquire two or three stakes (solid wood or metal). Place your palm on the trunk and see where it should be steadied. That’s how tall your stakes should to be.
• Place the two stakes opposing each other and approximately 1 .5’ away from the trunk. Make use of the third stake only if required and put on an open side of the tree.
• Use a soft material, such as canvas strapping or tree staking ties, to attach the stakes. Allow adequate slack so the tree may naturally sway. Don’t use string or wire, which damages the trunk.
How long should you keep a tree staked?
Generally, take away the stake before the next growing period. If you add a stake in spring, take away in fall. If you stake in the fall, remove in spring. Otherwise, the tree is dependant on the stake and won’t stand by itself. Remember, you can always call a reputable tree service company (Us) to offer assistance.