Like all younglings, trees need extra support in the early stages of their lives, too.
Staking a newly planted tree using a support kit is essential for the tree to form a solid root system, and to get an upright start to its journey to new heights. Tree support kits also make sure the seedlings stay firmly in place even in strong winds.
Traditional tree support kits consist of two stakes that support the seedling from only two directions, making the seedlings more exposed to storm winds and slanted growth. Especially for larger seedlings and trees planted in windy places, it would be ideal if they could be supported from several different directions.
Here’s how to properly stake a tree
- Support the tree up to 1/3 of its height.
- Sink the stakes on the sides of the planting pit. Make sure the stakes don’t damage the roots.
- Tie the trunk and the support together with a tying wire at two points – four, if the seedling is larger or it’s planted in a windy location. Don’t tie the wires too tightly to avoid damaging the trunk.
- In spring and autumn, check that the support is still supporting the tree and the tying wires don’t strangle the trunk.
- Keep the tree supported for up to 3 years, after which the tree is strong enough to stand upright on its own. The support can also be used longer with larger seedlings or in windy places.
If you want to sleep peacefully at night and not think about which direction your trees are leaning after every gust of wind, we recommend using the Hoyla Tools Tree Support Kit for staking your seedlings. With the support, the trees can be tied from four different directions, thus significantly reducing the tree’s swaying in the wind. The frame surrounding the support ensures that the supports stay at a proper distance from the tree and don’t start leaning against each other.