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Name: Stewart
Pinehurst, Texas (Zone 8b)
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PlantMania
Apr 19, 2017 7:30 AM CST
We purchased a fig tree at the end of last year and now it is starting to produce (small) fruit. I need to stake the tree but was wondering if people go out and purchase tree stakes or make there own?

If you make your own out of wood stakes or what ever poles - what do you use to go around and support the tree? (cloth, rubber, ????)
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 19, 2017 9:37 AM CST
Anything you can drive into the ground beside the tree will work. But because you are staking a tree that has been in the ground since last year, you will be disturbing/hacking through roots. To solve that problem, put two or three stakes out from the tree a couple feet in a circle around the tree.

Or you can put something like tent stakes out from the trunk several feet (again in a circle) and tether it that way.

You can use rope that is padded with old carpet, rags or a piece of hose strung on the rope to keep the rope from cutting into the tree.

Tree stakes are temporary - you will want to take them out in a year or so. Remember that a tree will grow a stronger trunk if the trunk is allowed to move. Leave enough slack in the rope tying to allow for that.
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Name: Stewart
Pinehurst, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Plumerias Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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PlantMania
Apr 19, 2017 9:42 AM CST
Thanks Daisy - I like the idea of the rope through the hose! I feel a trip to $ General is needed :)

I figured that I would go out about 3 or so feet as not to disturb and root system.
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