To Stake or Not to Stake
It’s still cold outside, but the recent rains and short bout of warm weather were enough to thaw the ground and give us a chance to get some work done. A few of the trees we planted along the medians on Arlington Avenue last fall started to lean. Some were even getting close to the road. So, on Friday some of KIB’s community forestry folks donned our hard hats and loaded up the back of the truck with staking equipment. Tools included: post pounder, 6ft T-Posts and Tree Mate-Os! With a little elbow grease were able to successfully stake four trees. However, if you drive this stretch, you might notice, a few of our trees are still looking a bit crooked. That’s because the root balls on these trees have shifted in the soil and are currently frozen in place. Once the weather starts to warm-up for good, we should be able to easily adjust the root balls getting the trees up-right. Then, we will determine if the tree will need a stake for support.
It’s important to remember, staking a newly planted tree is not always needed. Staking trees that don’t need the help can actually weaken the tree--yikes! As trees move in the wind they produce a taper (they become wider at the base) to help them stabilize and give them a better chance of surviving strong winds in the future. Depending on the equipment used, staking a tree can restrict this needed movement. If a tree does need to be staked, be sure to remove the stake after one year. For more information on tree care, check out our Community Forestry Resources page.