tree staking in the fall

As fall arrives, we are welcomed with a variety of wonderful things. These include Atlanta football, fall festivals, apple cider, pumpkins, and cooler temperatures. Fall weather conditions are perfect for family fun, but also perfect for planting new trees. The shorter days allow the soil to be the right temperature perfect for growing a healthy root system.

When you plant new trees in your yard, you have several important decisions to make. These include what type of tree to buy, where to place the tree in your yard, and if you should stake your tree or not. Although the type of tree you buy and where you plant it is completely based on your preferences, staking a tree is a difficult decision.

What Does Staking a Tree Mean?

“Staking a tree” refers to a process that uses materials (like rope or plastic) with stakes to hold newer trees in place. This mechanical aid can be helpful when the tree’s height is not supported by its root ball, or premature root system. As the tree starts to grow, its root system will expand and it will be able to correctly hold the tree in place.

Knowing how long to stake a tree can be difficult, because once planted, we can’t see how large the root system has grown. Typically, if you decide to stake your trees, you will want to stake small trees for a year and larger trees for two years. While staking trees are not always necessary, it may be a good option for your new tree. However, it’s important you stake your tree correctly to avoid issues in the future.

Pros & Cons of Staking a Tree

Staking a tree can be helpful, but other times it can create problems. Staking a new tree will usually keep it intact until it can stand on its own. However, staking a tree incorrectly or for too long will cause stress to the tree, making it weak. A tree’s first two years are the most important years of its life, because this is when the tree develops its root system. If a tree grows with an underdeveloped root system, the tree could fall easily during strong winds or Atlanta ice storms.

Staking a new tree incorrectly can create other problems, too. Your tree may experience girdling, and uneven trunk width which will interrupt travel of water and nutrients throughout the tree. This could eventually lead to tree death or a situation where a strong wind blows off the top of the tree because of the tree’s uneven strength.

What to do if You Have Tree Problems

If you notice problems with your tree, you should contact a tree specialist. A tree expert will be able to tell you if your tree is unhealthy or dying. Make sure your new tree is correctly staked if you decide to do so. In addition, you should test the level of moisture in the tree’s soil to make sure the tree is receiving enough water.

Unhealthy or dead trees pose a threat to your home and loved ones. They can fall on top of your belongings, causing expensive repairs and risking lives. If you are worried about a tree in your yard, call Yellow Ribbon Tree. Serving Atlanta for over ten years, we provide certified tree and stump removal to Georgia residents. 770-512-8733.