Staking a Newly Planted Tree – Methods and Specifications

Staking a Newly Planted Tree – Methods and Specifications
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    The first question every tree owner has in his mind after planting the tree is that is it really necessary to stake trees?

    While some are of the opinion that staking or guying is pretty much unnecessary and could even be more harmful than beneficial to the tree ... this is not the case in many areas.

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Staking very much depends on the area in which you are living. For instance, in plains, where a lot of wind is expected, staking a newly planted tree is not only a good idea; it is pretty much vital.

So what happens if you plant a tree that is not staked? Imagine you have planted a fresh tree in your garden – the root ball of this tree is unstaked – after a little while, it will start to roll in the ground, eventually resulting in tree blow-over.

Following are the reasons why the trees should be staked:

  • In order to avoid the fatal blow to the tree
  • To hold the tree upright until the root growth is strong enough
  • Experiencing movement of the wind, which will help in developing appropriately

Now comes the question, when exactly should you stake your tree?

Following are some of the answers:

  • Stake the trees that may suffer from heavy wind blows
  • Stake the trees that are unusually tall but have very small root balls
  • Always stake the trees that are planted in open sites

If you do not give trees the support that is in the situation as mentioned above, it will cause them permanent damage. The trees will become tilted, and their roots will get weaker. After you decide on staking your trees, you will have to make sure you know exactly how you are working to carry out the process.

The proper method is mentioned below:

  • You should always use two stakes, one on the either side of your tree
  • For avoiding damage and for maximizing the support, stake should always be implied on the outside of the tree’s root ball
  • The tree should be tied in a way that it makes the figure eight loops between the stake and the tree
  • The major advantage of staking the tree properly is that it will act as a barrier to any sort of physical harm that may come to the trunk of the tree.
  • After the staking period is over, there comes the time to remove these stakes. However, you need to be sure when the right time to remove.
  • The stake is usually removed as soon as on growing season comes to an end.
  • However, you may leave the stakes up to act as trunk guards, given they aren’t posing any hazard.

Staking Specifications

If you are working with some nursery, it is important that you specify the location and size of the tree that requires staking. On the sites that are exposed, stake the tree instantly and make it stand upright. This is more necessary for the trees that are evergreen. The procedure will be as follows:

  • Position the stake on the tree’s west side so that the prevailing winds will eventually move the tree away from the stake.
  • Drive the stake to the north into undistributed soil
  • In summer, point the sharp end towards the north
  • Use commercial ties or wires to tie and protect it by some vinyl hose or a pipe
  • When you tie a hose, the bark of the tree will remain safe from harm and the trunk will not get damaged, as it will not entirely be resting against the stake.

Information credited to: http://envirofrontier.com.au

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