The Q&A Archives: 4 yr old Pear Tree needs help with stabilization

Question: How do I stake a 4 yr old pear tree that was set in the prescott valley ground without stabilization and proper soil amendments, without pulling it up, to survive?

Answer: You can stake your pear tree by driving 3 metal or wooden stakes into the soil several feet (6-8) from the trunk, equally spaced. Then use wire (protected with rubber hose where it goes around the trunk) to hold the trunk, stretching each length from the stake, around the trunk, and back to the stake. Do this on all three sides, exerting equal pressure from all points. This will hold the tree upright. Be sure to check the wires periodically and loosen them enough that they don't bite into the bark.

There's not much you can do to amend the soil once you've planted the tree so just be careful to water deeply once each week and fertilize once a season with a general purpose fertilizer such as an 8-8-8.

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