Staking young trees
Prevent wind rock and movement of the roots by staking newly planted trees.
Movement can tear new roots, slowing down establishment. It takes a couple of years for a newly planted tree to anchor itself firmly in the soil. Staking is necessary for any newly planted large tree, including fruit trees and standard shrubs.
How to stake tree, How to use tree tie
There are a number of different staking methods.
This is the standard method for staking bare-root trees, with the stake inserted before planting.
- For most trees: the stake should be one-third of the height of the tree. This anchors the roots and allows the stem to sway and thicken
- For tress with long or flexible stems: use long, vertical stake, cutting it lower in the second year. There should be a gap of 2.5-3cm (about an inch) between the stem and the stake
Stakes should be inserted on the side of the prevailing wind so that the tree is blown away from the stake.
This is the standard method of staking container-grown and rootballed trees. Two or three stakes can be inserted opposite each other, or equally spaced around the tree outside the root ball, and secured to the trunk by long ties or a timber crossbar and tie. This method is also useful on windy sites.
Recommended method, actually this method enable for the tree and the roots a tiny movement and flexibility that is good for the tree. With this movement the tree built a wind resistant and root anchoring, so when the stakes removed it still be strong enough.
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These Tree Ties are available in 15, 25 mm size and are the simplest way of holding any type of tree tie or strap together between a tree and a stake to |stop them rubbing together.
Tree tie advantage, Rubber tie is better for the tree
Rubber tree tie also has the added advantage that it allows much more stretch than plastic straps which is of great benefit to young trees in allowing them to develop their own resistance to wind loads.
Rubber tree tie Proofed to be better
This more flexible strap also needs less maintenance with inspections only required every three years nevertheless it is more expensive than plastic or reinforced rubber straps as we need a very high performance rubber to get to the minimum required levels of tensile strength which will offer at least 8 years of external serviceable life.