Keeping pine tree in the ground

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Old 05-04-18, 05:02 PM
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Keeping pine tree in the ground

I have a type of pine tree that resembles more of a bush as the branches don't start until about halfway up the trunk. It's about 10 feet tall. It was transplanted last fall and it held fine over the winter.

As soon as the ground began to thaw, coupled with high winds it began to lean and it got slightly uprooted. We used rope to pull it back and tied it to a post to secure it but with recent high winds the rope cannot hold it and the same thing is happening again.

My next idea is to use 3 posts with small chains and shackles in order to hold it better. My question is.... How long will I have to leave it like this before the root system develops enough that it can stand on its own?

Sorry for the long post but thanks in advance.
 
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Old 05-04-18, 05:05 PM
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Trees should be tied back to at least 3 equidistant stakes, driven in outside the rootball area, at a slight angle away from the trunk of the tree. I would leave it staked at least a full year.
 
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Ok, I have 3 steaks and I just used smaller sized light duty chains that are looped around the tree and then to a shackle at each steak.

Will the chains hurt the tree or should it be ok for the year?
 
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I don't recall ever seeing anyone use chains, rope is what is normally used. Sometimes you need a collar of sorts to protect the tree trunk from stress.

Ok, I have 3 steaks
Don't know about X but I'll take mine medium rare ....... sorry couldn't resist
 
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Old 05-05-18, 03:11 PM
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Yeah... use rope. Cut a short 6" length of old garden hose and thread each rope through a piece of it. It will cushion the rope from cutting into the tree.
 
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Rope is easy to adjust but can also shrink, rot, or become sun damaged and break. We used either wire with large hose loops to allow for growth for more long term, or just lengths of cloth for short term.
 
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Some use a piece of old rubber tire, 2 inch wide by 1 foot long....to loop around the trunk and tie into your wire or chain, etc. Sold at various landscape/irrigation supply stores. Or maybe amazon?
 
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Old 05-07-18, 03:43 PM
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Old bicycle innertube works pretty well too.
 
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