A few days ago, I talked about the proper way to dig a hole for a tree. Now I realize that it may seem like a boring subject, but you would be surprised at how many people get it wrong and their trees suffer problems afterward.
So I am determined to go forward and talk about another fascinating subject, which is how to and how not to stake trees 😉
Okay, before we get into staking, we need to get our tree into the hole. It can seem a bit daunting when you have to figure out how to get the tree out of the container. For trees that are in 15-gallon containers, cut down one side of the container until you reach the bottom and do the same on the opposite side. Then cut along the circumference of the bottom between the two vertical cuts. Get the tree as close as you can to the hole and as you carefully grab the root ball, have another person slide the container back away from the tree.
Hasn’t this been incredibly so exciting so far? Well, there is more….
When planting a tree that has been in a wooden box, first tilt the tree and have someone take out the wooden bottom. Then place the entire box, with the tree, inside of the hole. Then cut the metal strips that are bound around the box and lift out the sides of the box. That’s it! You can now fill the hole in around the tree, while gently packing in the dirt around the tree. Water in well.
Okay, now some trees need to be staked while others do not. If your tree does not stand upright on its own, then you probably need to stake it.