Poorly staked trees can ruin the image of your yard or garden. When not staked correctly, the tree suffers damage from the binding holding it or even breaks off where you've placed the binding. A tree service could help with proper staking of threatened trees in your yard, or you can try these tips.
How to Properly Stake a Tree
Studies completed by tree service experts and Universities tell how to stake a tree properly. Research has been conducted due to the importance of public street trees. The experts deal with larger trees and encounter more variables; however, you as a homeowner will have fewer struggles with smaller trees. Here's how you should begin.
Choose a Stake
Don't use the stake that came with your new tree. You want two stakes that can be pounded into the ground about 24 inches with the tops reaching the crown of the tree. Place these about 8 inches away from each side of the tree. If you live in a windy area, you should use stakes about 2 x 2-inches, if the area is protected than 1-inch will work.
What to Use for Ties
If your tree is in a protected area and won't be subject to strong winds, a tree service recommends using green garden tape to hold them in place. The tape is a much better product than twine, which has been replaced by most tree service experts. Tree service professionals have found twine and twist ties to be far too damaging to the tree.
The green garden tape is safer as it will not damage the bark. If you should forget to remove it, it will just continue to stretch as your tree grows. If your tree is in a windy location or too large for tape, you can use an old bicycle inner tube to secure it to the stakes.
Tie the Tree
You will now tie the tree to the two stakes. The tree has to be able to sway, so don't tie too tightly. The support needs to be secure enough to prevent the tree from snapping, yet loose enough to allow for gentle swaying in a breeze.
Tree service professionals recommend minimum staking so your tree can move and flex during its growth. A tree that is too restricted will lose its strength and not gain what it needs to grow tall and vigorous.
Learn more about tree services in Charlotte NC at Marc's Tree Service.