Solutions for young trees, including staking, watering and wrapping!
We love trees as much as you do! Our team of growers has searched for just the right tree staking system; and love the Dewitt Tree Support Stake Kit.
A proper staking system should provide adequate support for the canopy. However, the strapping system should never dig into the bark of the trunk which disrupts the critical tissues called "phloem".
Phloem is the vascular portion of the tree which carries photosynthetic nutrition from the leaves down to the root system. Hard straps can easily "girdle your tree" by rubbing off the bark and phloem; which will kill them over time.
NatureHills.com has carefully selected the Dewitt Tree Support Stake Kit, which features:
Included are written instructions with illustrations to make it easy for one person to do the installation. Use on one young tree with a diameter (caliber) trunk of three inches or less.
There are many reasons to stake your young trees. However, in most situations staking should be considered a temporary condition.
Anchoring your tree will help your new tree develop a robust root ball as it gets established in your landscape. It protects the tree in high-wind conditions!
Once your tree's roots grow into the native soil of your yard, they'll act as a natural anchoring system. After the first year or two, remove the stakes.
As with any guideline…there are a few exceptions! With heavy, full-size fruit and small root systems, Dwarf Apple fruit trees need permanent external support to remain upright and grow straight.
#ProPlantTips Blog: Anchoring Your Dwarf Apple Trees
Young, and newly planted trees may need a bit of help to maintain a straight trunk when you plant it. Other trees that have elongated young new growth on the leader may also need some help.
Tree-form plants are another type of trees that should be staked to continue to form a nice, straight trunk. Stake their canopy in your yard to provide support for the root ball as it grows into your soil.
Some specialty weeping grafted trees are still working to develop a straight trunk. At your home, give them help until the trunk firms up to protect the grafted section.
After young grafted trees are planted, slide a straight 8-foot electric conduit as a stake alongside the main stem. Tie the trunk using flexible ties every few feet to support it.
Leave the stake in place for the first growing season. Then remove it once the trunk is firmed up.
Only keep the stake in place until the plant can safely stand nice and straight on its own. Once established, take the straps off and remove the stakes to allow the tree to move around in the wind.
When an established tree can move freely in the wind, it will actually produce stronger trunks and branching. Staking gives the roots a chance to grow and firm up the trunk, which is what you want.
Watering new trees the first year can become a chore! Take advantage of one of our most helpful products for new trees…the Dewitt Dew Right Tree Watering Donut.
New trees should have consistent water at the roots the first year. This product saves you time and protects your tree in hot and dry conditions.
When filled with water, the round dimensions are 36 inches in diameter. The material is UV stabilized and can be used in either commercial or residential applications.
Poke your finger into the soil near the planting hole up to your second knuckle to check moisture levels. You may need to frequently fill the donut around newly planted trees may you to keep the roots moist.
Water and nutrients seeps down into the soil through the dual water emitters and releases water slowly for 5-8 hours. This provides great hydration, without risk of water running off away from the roots.
In early spring, it's easy to add the right measure of liquid fertilizer into the water plug. Please follow the label instructions to determine how much fertilizer to add.
Protect the trunk of all new trees with Dalen Tree Wrap from NatureHills.com. This specialty paper wrap breathes in extreme weather to avoid sun-scalding in high heat and frost cracking in frigid cold.
Dalen Tree Wrap also keeps the sharp teeth of chewing rodents and insects from girdling the trunk and killing your tree. Fruit trees are especially tempting to animal pests.
String trimmers are another common culprit that also damage the trunk. Give your new tree the help it needs with this easy investment.
Each roll is three inches wide and 50 feet long. Each roll will protect 3 - 5 trees, depending on the diameter (caliper) of the trunks.
Enjoy the beauty and function of your new tree from NatureHills.com! We appreciate your business and the opportunity to sell gorgeous, healthy trees into communities across the United States.