Straightening young oak tree - Knowledgebase Question

Ft. Worth, Te
Question by BGrayson28
May 5, 2010
We have a young live oak tree in our yard that has bent over because of the wind. How long should we leave a rope tied on it to pull it straight again? Thank you.

Answer from NGA
May 5, 2010


I'm not sure a rope is the right way to go. It can put a lot of pressure on the bark of your tree, especially if you have it cinched tight. A better way to straighten your tree is by staking it upright. Here's how: You'll need 3 stakes (metal or wood, about 10-12" long) and some wire. You'll also want some rubber tubing (available at Home Depot) or a few lengths of old garden hose to string over the wire to protect the bark of your tree. Pound the stakes into the ground 4-6' from the trunk of the jacaranda, in a triangle. Each of the stakes will be individually attached to the trunk with the protected wire so the stakes should be equal distances from each other. Attach the wire firmly to the stake, wrap it around the trunk 3-4' from the ground (be sure the tubing is situated so it keeps the wire from digging into the bark), then take it back to the stake, wrap it around the stake and then wrap the end of the wire around the first wire (the one that's pulled tense up toward the tree trunk). Do this with all three stakes, making sure there's equal tension on all wires and that they are firmly attached but not so tight as to pull the tree in any single direction. There should be a little play in the wires, so the tree can move a bit, but not too much play. Be sure to check the loops around the trunk every month or so and loosen when necessary so they won't make marks in the bark.

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