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What is the best way to stake a tree?

How long do trees need staking?

When should you stake a tree?

How do you stake a leaning tree?

Let's find out!



Even though it may seem like young trees need extra support, most trees do not require stakes. If you stake a tree that does not need it, the tree may grow fewer roots and develop a weak tree base. Trees should only be staked if they need extra support, protection, or assistance with anchoring.


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Do you need to stake your tree?

If you correctly plant a healthy tree with an extensive root system and a sturdy trunk, you do not need to stake it. Evergreens, conifers, and trees whose branches grow low to the ground do not require staking. Still, there are times when staking is necessary.


Trees that need staking:

  • Trees with bare roots or a small root ball.

  • Trees planted near a sidewalk or street with a lot of foot traffic.

  • Trees that are not able to stand on their own or that begin to lean.

  • Trees like Aspen, Katsura (Weeping), Kentucky (Coffeetree), and Lindens.

  • Trees whose tops are heavy and whose lower branches are lacking.

  • Young trees that are planted in a highly windy area or if soil is too wet or loose.

  • Uprooted trees that need support.


How to stake a new tree for support if it needs staking.

You'll need two or three stakes (wooden or metal) to replace the nursery stakes. Check to see if the trunk needs to be stabilized by placing your hand on it. That is the height at which you should stake the tree.


The stakes should be about 1.5' apart and opposite to each other. You should only use the third stake if necessary and set it on the open side of the tree.


Stakes should be attached with soft material, such as canvas strapping or tree stake straps. The tree should have enough slack that it can naturally sway. Avoid using ropes or wires that could damage the trunk.


How long should a tree be staked?

Removing the stake is generally done the following growing season. When the stake is added in spring, it should be removed in the fall. Stake in the fall, remove in the spring. If you leave the stake for too long, the tree will become dependent on the stake and won’t stand on its own.


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