Seasonal care for trees & shrubs: Staking or guying


Staking and guying of trees is rarely needed and is only necessary when the tree will not stand up on its own.  These practices may be necessary for 1-3 years while roots are growing and beginning to stabilize the tree.  Check attachment points on the stem every 3 to 6 months, loosen if necessary and remove within one year of placement.

For more information : Staking and Guying Trees: Best Materials and Techniques

More information on each step:

Authored by Rebecca Koetter, Gary R. Johnson, and Dave Hanson: University of Minnesota
Funded in part by USDA Forest Service: Northeastern Area
Chart designed by Andrew Rose:

Download & print your own poster or magnet copy of the “Seasonal Care for Trees and Shrubs in Northern U.S. Climates”

Rebecca works on urban forestry outreach education programs with the Department of Forest Resources in St. Paul.

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