Keep in mind that most trees will not require staking, since natural wind currents and weather conditions actually help trees become stronger and more resistant. But sometimes, a young or newly planted tree needs a little assistance growing to its fullest potential. This is where tree staking comes into play. If you have a newly planted tree on your property, it may need some help growing tall and strong. Staking may help to prevent fragile trees from storm damage, wind damage, breakage, leaning, and other undesirable conditions caused by instability and feebleness. Continue reading to review a quick guide to tree staking, and a call for professional tree care you can trust.
What You’ll Need
The tools and materials you will need to properly stake a tree are moderately-priced and readily available at any local home improvement or garden store. In fact, you could even make your own tree stakes if you have some 6 to 8 inch long, 2×2 scrap lumber and rubber insulated wire. As for store-bought materials, the average package will consist of treated wooden posts and nylon or rubber ties. You will need 2 stakes per tree, so be sure to count before you visit the store. You will also need a sledgehammer and a burlap patch per tree, so keep them handy as well.
🌳 Once you have your materials, you are ready to drive your tree stakes into the ground. Place one stake on one side of the tree, and another stake opposite of it on the side. Be sure they are at least 15 to 18 inches away from the tree trunk. You don’t want to damage the root ball.
🌳 Use your sledgehammer to drive the states into the ground. Aim for 16 to 18 inches deep.
🌳 Tie the nylon or rubber ties around the stakes, at least 18 inches from the base. Then attach a patch of burlap around the area of the tree trunk where the ties will be secured. You can use spread or yarn or any type string to do this.
🌳 Next, tie the straps that are connected to the stakes around the burlap patch. Be sure the straps are taut, but not too tight because you want the tree to be able to have a little bit of movement for the sake of root development. You also don’t want to sever the tree bark. Look for flat tree straps for larger surface area and less trunk damage.
🌳 Untie the tree and remove the stakes after one growing season. That’s all the time you need to support your tree until it strong enough to grow on its own.