Authors: Gary R. Johnson, Associate Professor, Urban and Community Forestry and Marc A. Shippee, Undergraduate Research Assistant. Forest Resources Extension Department When is Staking Necessary? More often than not, staking is unnecessary. Occasionally, newly planted trees may require staking when: They have abnormally small root systems that can’t physically support the larger, above-ground growth (stem and leaves). The stem bends […]
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.