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Staking and Guy-Wiring

Guy-wiring a young tree can help it establish itself. Young trees should be able to support their own weight, but when they are transplanted, they often need time to reestablish themselves.  Also, many nurseries plant their trees very close together to maximize use of space and stake them to promote height growth at the expense of trunk strength.  When shopping for trees, look for trees with branches all along the trunk - not just at the top.

Once a tree is planted, it will concentrate its energy on standing upright.  If it is unable to do so, try thinning out the upper branches to reduce wind resistance.  If that is not enough and you find you have to stake a tree, remember the following"

1. Only stake the tree long enough for it to be able stand on its own. 

2.  Stakes should not be too tight - there should be room for the tree to sway in the wind.

3. Stakes should not be too loose - the tree should not rub against the stakes.

4. Stakes should be buried at least 1.5 feet underground to provide ample support.

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