Three Tips to Tree Staking
When it comes to planting young trees, landscapers often choose to stake them in order to support and protect the tree and help them grow properly. Trees as they grow need to adapt to their environment increase their root ball and develop the capacity to support the tree crown. Staking a tree can help develop these attributes and create a stronger healthy tree. However staking a tree with the wrong technic can actually hinder the trees growth.
Most Nurseries and landscape supplies in Sydney provide young trees with bamboo stakes. Bamboo Stakes are positioned next to the sapling in the pot. The bamboo stake guides and supports the sapling as it grows.
When you transplant the young tree from the pot or as it develops into a young tree, its is time to pull out your garden stakes and support the tree with a stronger sturdier stake. Most companies selling landscape supplies in Sydney offer a variety of stakes you can use.
By properly staking the trunk, it allows the roots a chance to grow in the soil, properly anchors the tree protecting the tree from wind damage. Here are the top three tips to properly staking a tree.
1. Stake at the appropriate height
Tying too high doesn’t allow the top of the tree to have sufficient natural movement. Natural movement in the wind strength the tree and develops a stronger caliper (trunk). Only use one tie per stake 2/3 up the height of the tree.
2. Space the stakes about 15 cm away from the root ball. Placing the stake directly next to the trunk will damage the trees developing root ball as you drive the stake into the ground.1-2 stakes will suffice however if you are concern about damage from vehicles , bikes or pedestrians use four stakes g
Only use one tie per stake if possible as this allows the lower part of the trunk to grow stronger.
3. Tie the stake correctly
When tying the stake to the tree, make sure to use a flexible material (such as jute webbing or an elastic tree tie) and position it no more than two thirds of the way up the truck. Plant support products are available from landscape supplies operation. A firm but not tight or loose tie is required.
4. Don’t stake too long
While some trees may need a year or two of staking, it’s important to not leave the stakes in too long. Trees generally will grow taller and stronger when left
To test if the tree is ready for the stakes to be removed, gently move the trunk of the tree from side to side with your hand. If the root ball doesn’t move then it’s time to remove the stakes. You can leave the stakes in the ground and cut away the tie’s.
NEED GARDEN STAKES?
If you need staking supplies for your tree installation, All Stake Supply is the place to go. As one of the largest distributors of landscape supplies in Sydney, we have landscaping solutions for revegetation, erosion control products, grass reinforcement and more.
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