Staking a Tree

 

Staking a Tree

Not all trees need staking. In fact, the tree is better off without staking unless planted under certain conditions. Research indicates that unstaked trees under normal conditions have trunks that are stronger than their staked counterparts.

 

However, if your tree is top-heavy, is a large evergreen, is bare root, or is planted in a windy location or one where it may otherwise get knocked over (such as by rambunctious children or vehicles), you should stake it.

 

There are various methods of staking, but it is important not to put anything against the young tree's tender bark that would rub or otherwise damage it, as this may invite disease. Stakes should be removed after one or two years.


WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS JOB:

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Step 1: Attach webbing or polyethylene strips around the tree

Attach webbing or polyethylene strips around the tree

 

Use 3-inch webbing or polyethylene strips  twisted loosely at their midpoint  around the tree and then attach to the stake with staples. These soft materials give and move with the tree while allowing some sway and encourage the tree to grow stronger roots. Do not use hoses, wires or any other hard, tight material that constricts growth.
 

Step 2: Determine how many stakes are needed

Determine how many stakes are needed The number of stakes is determined by the size of the tree. A tree with a trunk 3-inches or less in diameter needs just one stake which is placed on the windward side; you can use more if desired. Larger trees should be staked in two or three stakes in opposing directions.
 

Step 3: Drive stakes into the ground to 18-inches deep

Drive stakes into the ground to 18-inches deep Drive the stakes into the ground so they will hold even in the event of high winds - about 18-inches deep. In high traffic areas or areas where children will play, position the tops of the stakes high enough so that no one will trip over the webbing and fall onto a stake - at least 3-feet or higher above ground.