While staking young trees may seem like a good idea, the stakes can often do more harm than good. Read more to learn why it might be a good idea to skip the stakes.
50 trees planted at a rebuilt school from two years ago had been staked and forgotten, so Montgomery County students recently volunteered on their day off to help DEP save the trees from disease and death.
There is almost never any need to stake a tree, if the tree was well-grown at the nursery, and planted well. Stakes are only needed in the first year if things are expected to bump into them (car doors or soccer players, for instance).
Check out these reasons to SKIP tree stakes:
Always remember to treat the bark of a tree like your skin—don’t leave anything on it all of the time! (What would happen if you left your socks and belt on for a year non-stop?) Take off old watering bags, pull mulch off the base of the trunk, and remove stakes and plastic labels. Plant a tree well, protect it, and it will reward you for years to come!
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Blog by Mary Travaglini, Planning Specialist in DEP’s Stormwater Facility Maintenance Program
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