Project Guide

How to Stake a Tree

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ATTACH WEBBING OR POLYETHYLENE STRIPS AROUND THE TREE
Attach webbing around tree - Stake a Tree

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.


  • 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.
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DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF STAKES NEEDED
Determine the stakes needed - Stake a Tree

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 with two or three stakes in opposing directions.
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DRIVE STAKES INTO THE GROUND
Drive stakes into ground - Stake a Tree
  • 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.