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My dad’s newly planted memorial tree was blown over. It was planted in January and without a good root system, it could not take those hurricane winds this week.
Of course, as a master gardener I knew that I needed to stake the tree but alas it is hard to remember that in the still of the winter days.
I did put a tarp over the roots so they would not dry out in the wind and when my husband got home it was like magic, the wind died almost completely right before the rain.
We pushed the tree upright made sure it was plumb (looked at it from all four directions) and replanted it. Yes, we did stake it with heavy rope this time. A strong wire, heavy cord or rope will work. A thin rope or twine will not be enough if your tree is medium to large size.
We cut a piece of garden hose and slid it on to the rope, where it would be located right around the “V” angle of trunk then drove stakes in the ground to secure it. The rope was taut but loose but not too loose.
How to explain…..enough for the tree to grow some and not cut through the bark of the trunk, an example is: be able to put your thumb between the hose and the trunk. The tree will want wiggle room. Daddy’s live oak should do well since we got 3.73 inches of rain on Monday. (Click read more below for full post).
I drove to renew our football seats for next season this morning, and noticed the trees at the high school and ninth grade campuses. They are all staked, all 100 of them! Well, maybe not that many but lots of trees.
They used the garden hose technique and wire with 4 T-posts. I checked and some of them need to be loosened because the wire is already cutting into the cambium layer and it will eventually cut the nutrients off from the tree and kill it. Should I call the school and tell them?
Also noticed the Faith Presbyterian Church just down Bailey Road from the schools and they staked their newly planted trees but with a twine that has broken. Some of the newly planted trees are sort of leaning to the north.
Should I call them and tell them they need to be replanted because they will not grow straight if not “righted” now.
What a job to dig and replant because the staking was not done properly the first time. Although, in nature God plants some tree that are not perfectly straight.
Leon Campbell owns Native Tree Nursery and he says to stake a newly planted tree
for a minimum of 18 months and always stake your tree; you paid good money for it and trees are priceless.
They will add to the enjoyment of your landscape, add value to your home, provide shade, and provide oxygen for us to breathe plus a perfect place for birds, kids and squirrels to play.
Oh, by the way, plant trees in November thru January so that they can get established before the summer heat.