Do you need to stake a tree but don't know how?
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Staking can be necessary for newer trees to ensure proper growth and development of the trunk and roots. However, it's not always needed.
Your tree counts on you and the environment for the vital nutrients it needs to grow. There are several different ways to give your tree some extra assistance during its growing years such as early pruning. Staking can also help steer your tree in the right direction. To find out if your tree needs staking and how to do it; keep reading.
Does Your Tree Need Staking?
Usually, trees will grow correctly on their own if they are receiving the proper nutrients from the soil, sun, and water. Some circumstances might require you to provide additional guidance to ensure adequate growth.
You may need to stake your tree if:
• The root system is unusually small and can't offer adequate growth for the leaves and stems above the ground.
• There's an extreme curvature of the stem when it's not supported.
• The wind where you’re planting your tree is exceptionally windy, and it could become uprooted if there is a lack of support.
• The tree is at risk of being damaged uprooted by vandals who prey on unprotected trees.
What You'll Need
The supplies you need to stake your tree depend on its size and condition. If your tree is small or average sized, then wooden stakes would most likely be effective. However, if your tree is large, then metal fence stakes would be the best option.
On the plus side, the stakes you make for your tree are reusable. So, you can use them on the next one.
What You Need to Know Before You Stake
You don't need to stake all trees. It may seem like they need the extra support when they’re youngsters, but unnecessary staking can lead to a low number of roots and an unsteady base. It's essential to know if staking your tree is going to benefit it rather than damage. You should only stake if the tree needs to protect, additional support, or increased anchorage.
Do You Have to Stake Your Tree?
If you planted your tree correctly and it has a stable root system and secure trunk you probably don't have to worry about staking your tree. Some trees that usually don't have to be staked are conifers and evergreens such as the balsa for and black spruce native to Rochester, NY. Also, trees with low lying branches don't have to be staked either.
How Long You Should Stake Your Tree
Stakes are commonly detached at the beginning of the next growing season. So, if you attach your stake during springtime, you should remove it in the fall. If you attach it in fall, then remove it in spring. This time is vital to prevent your tree from relying on the stake to stand up by itself.
Staking is necessary for some trees and not for others. It's important to know if your tree will benefit from the process or if a simple trimming will do the trick. Unnecessary staking can lead to an inadequate root system and unsteady base. Only stake your tree if it needs protection, additional support, or assistance with anchorage to prevent uprooting from the wind. Conifers and evergreen trees don't need to be staked. For more information about staking your tree contact your local tree care company. If you’re located in Rochester, then contact Rochester Tree Service for your staking questions and needs.
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