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By DLC Resources, Inc.

Tree
Staking

Make sure the loop is at least one foot in


diameter to allow the tree to move freely.

The ideal time to plant Installation & Staking


a tree is in early spring
(late Feb to early Apr)
1 Excavate a hole that is of proper size, ensuring that it is not too deep for the tree.

Why Stake Trees? 2 Remove the container that surrounds the root ball. If the root structure appears to
be healthy, go ahead and place the tree into the hole. If, however, the roots appear
In an ideal world no trees would ever to be growing in a round, or rectangular, pattern that is dictated by the shape of the
require staking. Most of the trees container, return the tree to the nursery and obtain a replacement.
sold in Arizona, however, are grown in
containers. While growing in containers, 3 Fill the hole surrounding the tree with native soil, making sure to water sufficiently to
eliminate air pockets around the root zone.
trees do not develop roots, or trunks, that
are strong enough to support the trees 4 Remove any stakes that were in the planting container, especially those to which the
trunk was tightly tied.
once they are installed in our landscapes.

Improper Staking Kills Trees 5 Grasp the trunk of the newly planted tree and firmly move it, simulating the strength
of a strong wind. If the trunk seems to be weak, or if the roots do not appear to be
capable of supporting the trunk and canopy, additional staking is warranted.

6 Stake newly planted tree with 2” diameter by 8’ or 10’ length (depending upon the
height of the tree) pressure treated stakes. These should be driven into the ground
outside of the planting hole and root ball.

7 Attach tie wires to the stakes and a large diameter wire loop that surrounds the tree
trunk. The loop around the trunk should be at least one foot in diameter, i.e. the tree
trunk should be able to move freely. A tree should NEVER be tied so tightly that it
cannot move freely. It may be necessary to tie the trunk at two, or even three, heights.

* Most stakes can be removed after approximately one year if properly staked.
* Although it is possible to utilize many types of materials as tree stakes, best are the 2” diameter pressure
treated wood stakes. These are available at most nurseries, as well as at home improvement stores.

Stakes and wires left on a tree too long To learn more about how to care for your trees
will girdle the trunk. The tree and shrubs and gardening in the desert visit
will eventually weaken and www.ag.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden
even die.

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PROPER TREE PLANTING
3 times the size
of the root ball

Loosen the soil on


either side of the hole
to encourage proper
Dig hole the same size root growth
as the root ball and compact soil
at the bottom of the hole

PROPER TREE STAKING

2“ x 8’ pressure treated Use poly tubing and tree wire


stakes driven at least 12” - tubing should not be tight
outside of root ball around the trunk of tree
- position perpendicular - tubing should be 3 - 4 times
to wind diameter of trunk

At least 3 drip emitters


near root ball Mulch Tree planted 10% above grade
depending on size with root crown exposed
of tree

For more information visit www.dlcresources.com ©2007 DLC Resources, Inc.