Thread: Is it necessary to stake bare root saplings in a windy area?

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    Oak
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    Is it necessary to stake bare root saplings in a windy area?

    I have a large field behind my house and the winds whip across the field strongly throughout the year, although we do have our calm days. Recently, I planted my 5 arbor day hybrid poplar saplings in their permanent locations in well-tilled soil, and noticed that the wind does bend them quite a bit. Since most commercial tree staking kits that I've seen are meant for trees that are at least a few years old (8 ft. or higher), I'm not sure what measures I may need to take to ensure straight growth while at the same time not weakening the trunk or root system due to staking. I've read about all the drawbacks of staking and why it should be avoided, but I also don't want my trees growing at 45-degree angles.

    Do I need to take any measures to ensure straight tree growth, or should I leave things as-is and let them "toughen" up without any support?

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    Super Moderator Oak Quirky Quercus's Avatar
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    RE: Is it necessary to stake bare root saplings in a windy area?

    I would definitely stake them. Get some thin bamboo sticks and poke them in the ground next to the trunk. You can tie the trunk to the bamboo sticks. They sell these at most garden centers.

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    RE: Is it necessary to stake bare root saplings in a windy area?

    What is best for tying the trees to the stakes? The stems/trunks are way too thin for using those plastic hose pieces with twine, etc. Thanks.

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    RE: Is it necessary to stake bare root saplings in a windy area?

    Update - I bought some bamboo sticks from home depot ($2 for 6) and stuck those into the ground next to each of the hybrid poplars. Then I tied the poplars to the bamboo stick using zip ties (not fastened too tightly, the trees are still able to move slightly in the breeze). I noticed that my local nursery was doing the same thing with their young trees/plants and figured since it worked for them that I might as well give it a try. I don't think the zip ties will chew up the bark/girdle the tree since they are a smooth plastic.

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    RE: Is it necessary to stake bare root saplings in a windy area?

    In the past I've used that green tape.

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