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Tree Stake Kit


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Everything needed to protect a young tree from wind and storm damage. Each kit contains three notched, pointed hardwood stakes, 3 – 10” straps, and 30’ of galvanized wire.



The number of stakes is determined by the size of the tree. A tree with a trunk 3 inches or less in diameter needs only one stake, which should be placed on the windward side. Larger trees should be staked with three stakes in a triangle shape with the “point” in the direction of the prevailing wind. A tree stake kit typically comes with at least three stakes.

Place each stake roughly one and a half feet away from the trunk (avoiding the root ball). Drive each stake at a slight angle, make sure to leave enough height to tie the support straps. In high traffic areas, stakes should be visible enough to prevent tripping.

Cut the wire supplied in your tree stake kit into three equal lengths. Loop each strap around the trunk of the tree or a lower branch. Fasten the end of a wire through the eyes of the strap. Run a wire to each stake, wrap it around the notch and secure it. The wire should be loose enough to let the tree flex and grow. Mark your wires with streamers for visibility and safety.

When the tree is staked, keep an eye for any signs of abrasion, girdling, rocking or other damage. If these issues occur, please remove the supports and staking.

You should only be staking a tree for one growing season. After that, it should stand on its own. If you plant and stake a tree in spring, remove the stake in the fall, and vice versa. You should avoid staking a tree then forgetting about it.