Tree Staking - Knowledgebase Question

Tucson, AZ
Question by schnebs
November 2, 2000
I'm having problems with trees leaning after a couple of years. When planting a new tree (Jackoranda, Italian Cypress or Crepe Myrtle) should I leave the bamboo support attached to the trunk or rely on just two supports on each side--and for how long?


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Answer from NGA
November 2, 2000

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the root ball area, to avoid the roots. Put them in the soil deep so they do not move. Make sure that the top portions of the stakes are not higher than the lowest branches of the plant by sawing off the tops or burying them deeper.

Here?s how to determine where to tie the tree. First, let it droop without support. Make a ring around the base of the trunk with one or both hands, fingers and thumbs touching. Slide your hands together vertically up the trunk. The tree should be slowly righting itself with your help. Place the ties at six inches above the lowest point on the trunk where your hands can hold the tree upright.

Examine your staked tree monthly. As the tree builds trunk strength, move the tie attachment point lower. When you untie the stakes and the tree remains upright you can remove them completely. I hope this info helps! the root ball area, to avoid the roots. Put them in the soil deep so they do not move. Make sure that the top portions of the stakes are not higher than the lowest branches of the plant by sawing off the tops or burying them deeper.

Here?s how to determine where to tie the tree. First, let it droop without support. Make a ring around the base of the trunk with one or both hands, fingers and thumbs touching. Slide your hands together vertically up the trunk. The tree should be slowly righting itself with your help. Place the ties at six inches above the lowest point on the trunk where your hands can hold the tree upright.

Examine your staked tree monthly. As the tree builds trunk strength, move the tie attachment point lower. When you untie the stakes and the tree remains upright you can remove them completely. I hope this info helps!

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