Tips for Staking Your Newly Planted Trees
Sometimes when you plant new trees, you will need to stake them temporarily. This usually only happens when vandalism is a concern, if the tree is large or if there is a risk of the tree blowing over with the wind.
It’s always best if you can plant trees that are smaller with less growth on top as they will move with the wind and are not as likely to blow over. It’s okay for your tree to have some movement as this stimulates the trunk to grow and roots to respond.
If you need to stake the tree, you need to make sure that you use soft, flexible material so that you do not damage the bark. Your ties need to be loose and the stakes should be a minimum of 2’ from your tree.
After a year you need to always remove the stakes. As your tree grows the ties could cut the fragile conductive tissue that is beneath the tree bark and cause serious injury.
Staking isn’t always the best way to deal with a tree that’s leaning. If you pull or try to force the tree to grow a specific direction you could actually damage it structurally and that could be worse than it leaning a little. Instead, try to figure out why it’s leaning and fix that.
Sometimes if a tree is growing too much on the top it can cause it to lean because the trunk cannot properly support it. This can happen because of fertilizing. Pruning the weight can help the tree to stand tall again.
As your tree becomes established and starts growing, you may see it lean if it has to reach for the light. The solution is to examine the area and find out where the shade is coming from. It might mean you have to prune branches from another tree that are overhanging. You’ll see once the light can make it to your young tree evenly from all sides it will stand tall and grow straight.