Understanding How Staking Impacts Tree Health

Staking is a common practice where support stakes are placed beside young trees to help stabilize them as they grow. While a good asset on its own, improper staking or stakes left in place for too long can cause a lot of damage to a developing tree.

Understanding How Staking Impacts Tree Health

The Roots

When a tree is supported externally for longer than it needs to be, it can discourage the spread of roots which will anchor the tree as it grows. This lack of anchoring can make a tree very susceptible to being blown down in high winds or otherwise uprooted.

The Trunk

The trunk of the tree accounts for most of its structural support. Each species of tree has a trunk taper that is designed to support the weight of a fully grown tree but only if the taper is allowed to form during growth. When a tree is staked too high or the stakes are left on too long, then the tree may place all of its energy into growing taller instead of adding the necessary diameter around the base of its trunk. As a result, its weight may not be evenly supported once the stakes are removed. Staking a tree too tightly around the trunk can also restrict movement which can make the trunk inflexible in high winds and prone to snapping.

For more about what you can do to help keep your trees healthy, contact us at Chambersville Tree Farm. We’re proud to supply North Central Texas with quality, organically grown trees at competitive prices.