Tree Planting Tip: Great tip!

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Tree Planting Tip

By wildflowers
March 19, 2013

If you are staking your new tree, make sure to hammer the stake in first. If you wait and put the stake in after planting your tree, the stake could hit and damage the roots.

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 18, 2013 6:45 PM CST
I never thought about that. Makes perfect sense,though! I have some fruit trees I haven't planted yet. I'll give it a try!
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chelle
Mar 18, 2013 7:21 PM CST
Gee, Christine, I had to stop and think about how I last staked a tree! Hilarious! It's been a while since we've added a tree that was big enough to need one.

Great tip!
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Paul2032
Mar 19, 2013 12:55 AM CST
It is also important that if you are tying the tree to the stake that you do so loosely, allowing the tree to move with the wind. This allows the trunk to become stronger and not reliant on the stake. Then at some point you can remove the stake.
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wildflowers
Mar 19, 2013 8:07 AM CST
We just planted some fruit trees too. The one in the pic was from last spring planting (it was the only thing green when I wrote this tip).

Here's one of the newly planted apple trees with the loose tie, like you stated Paul. It's an apple tree, called "Winesap original."
We have two reasons for staking our trees, the dogs and the wind.

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wildflowers
Mar 19, 2013 8:41 AM CST
Oh, and meant to say that the pic above shows the result of not staking first... we had to put the stake further away from the tree to avoid the roots. Rolling my eyes.
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