The Q&A Archives: Weeping Norway Spruce Staking - Mature Plant

Question: I need to stake the top portion of a somewhat mature (10 years or so) Weeping Norway Spruce--what's the best way to do this?

Answer: The best way to stake a tree is to use three sturdy stakes placed an equal distance from the trunk of the tree in a triangle pattern and tie the trunk to each individual stake, with equal pressure on each. You can use plastic coated wire for the ties or slip a piece of garden hose on the wire where it touches the trunk of the tree (to guard against damage to the bark). If the tree is really leaning, start out with just a little pressure to straighten it up and plan on increasing the pressure over time so that eventually it is standing upright. It can take some time, but a properly staked tree can be coaxed to stand upright without damaging it. Be sure to check the ties periodically and readjust them if necessary to keep them from digging into the bark. Hope this description makes sense to you!

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