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Question: want to know how to plant and stake out palm trees

Answer: To plant your palm, excavate a hole at least 30 percent larger than the nursery container. This will loosen the soil and make it easier for the roots to penetrate. Replace enough soil in the bottom of the hole so that the palm will be growing at the same soil level as it is growing in the nursery container. Unpot the palm and set it in the hole, then backfill with the native soil, tamping it down as you fill the hole. Then water thoroughly to help settle the soil.

If your palm is small, no staking is required. If it is over 6' tall, you should temporarily brace it to keep it standing until its roots become established.

Wrap the trunk at least 1/4 up the tree's height with a 16 inch wide piece of burlap to keep the bracing board cleats from chaffing the bark when the tree tries to sway in high winds. Drive stakes on three sides, equidistant apart around the tree's circumference, and fasten lumber support braces (2X4 treated lumber will work) to blocks of wood secured to the trunk with tie wire, placed over the burlap.

Best wishes with your new palm!

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