Staking and Tying
Supporting Your Young Tree
After planting your tree, remove the nursery
stake, which is the thin pole tied to the tree.
If the tree cannot stand upright by itself,
support it by placing two stakes at least 18
inches from both sides of the trunk. Locate
where the trunk bends, place one tie around
the trunk, bring the tie back toward the stake
and cross the tie to form a figure eight, and
then secure the tie to the stake. Repeat on the
other side at the same level.
Check the ties monthly. Remove the stakes and
ties as soon as the tree is able to stand upright
on its own—usually within 6 months to a year.
Staking too long slows tree growth.
The sooner stakes and ties are removed, the stronger the tree will be. When a tree moves in the wind it will create a stronger root system and will not need the additional support as long.
To see a good staking demonstration watch our Planting Your Shade Tree video.