How to Stake & Tie a Tree

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When tying and staking a tree, use soft materials for tying, such as used nylons or strips of old sheets, as wire and string can dig into the bark and harm the tree's surface. Stake and tie a tree gently, replacing the tying material often to account for... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we are going to talk about how to stake and tie a tree. So when you buy your trees at the garden center or a the farmer's market many times they are really small and you get a new tree and so we want to give it a chance to grow and not to break in the wind. There are a lot of people that swear that you should never stake or tie your tree because the wind is actually good for it but as you are getting the new growth and you want to direct the trees and the branches in certain directions it always helps to stake them just to be safe and then that way they'll never break off. So a rule of thumb is to use a pole or a stick that is at least half as long as where you want to tie it and you want to put it at least two feet into the ground whether you dig a hole and fill it back in or just hammer it into the ground. When you are tying your tree you never want to use any type of wire because the wire will dig into the bark. You want to use any type of soft material. Old used nylons work really well. If you have an old sheet you can cut it into strips and you have got little pieces of material that are soft and you want to tie that tight to the stick but soft to the tree so that there is a little bit of give because eventually it will grow and you want to keep track of where you tied your tree because eventually as the tree gets larger and larger even if has soft material around it can actually suffocate it so you want to cut out the cloth or the nylon periodically and put other cloth around and that way you can have your tree grow in different directions. You don't have to worry about it breaking off in any way and you can protect the bark for the future.