How to stake a young fruit tree

How to stake a young fruit tree

How to stake a young fruit tree

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(Tom Bartlett)

Keep your fruit trees healthy with proper tree care and watering. (Creative Commons)

There's a good chance that you are growing one or more fruit trees in your home or yard, and as a result, you need to know how to stake your trees and keep them healthy. The winter can be tough on your fruit trees. It can be so cold and dry in places where you live that your fruit trees need to be protected against frost and freeze. But, a young fruit tree will continue to grow even when it is covered by a thick layer of snow. While winter storms may cause damage to your tree's leaves and branches, they will still be alive and capable of producing a crop. In fact, one of the best ways to ensure a good winter fruit crop is to get your trees in a sturdy and sturdy position to weather the winter.

Things You'll Need

Stakes

Trees with good fruit

Marking paint

Garden clippers

Olympus camera

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Step 1

Find a location for your tree that is in an area where it will receive the least amount of wind. A sheltered, southern location will be most ideal for a tree, but it will need a place protected from extreme temperatures. This will help ensure that your tree doesn't suffer from extreme cold during the winter months.

Step 2

Locate the pole for your tree. Look for a stable, flat, 4- to 6-foot pole. You can usually find one in a garden or lumber store.

Step 3

Mark the area around the pole to ensure that the tree will receive the proper amount of protection. You'll need a series of markers to show where the trunk and limbs should extend.

Step 4

Locate the center of the tree trunk. Mark a vertical line, and then make sure that the horizontal line touches the middle of the vertical line.

Step 5

Find the top of the tree. Mark a vertical line, and then check to make sure that it's centered above the middle of the pole.

Step 6

Mark out the tree's height. If the tree is 10 feet tall, find a 5-foot height above the center of the pole. Measure up the pole and mark this point.

Step 7

Mark the position for the tree trunk. You need to know the angle of the trunk to ensure that it's angled properly to the pole. A 45 degree angle works well for most trees.

Step 8

Use the yardstick to measure the tree's circumference.

Step 9

Use the Pythagorean theorem to find the tree's diameter. Square the height and the width of the tree.

Step 10

Find the circle that results from the equation. Measure the tree's diameter using the yardstick.

Step 11

Find the correct stake for your tree. You can buy new ones at garden centers or hardware stores, but you can also buy used ones from garden catalogs.

Step 12

Set your yardstick across from the bottom of the trunk. Check to make sure that it's not going to budge as you attempt to level your tree.

Step 13

Hook the rope into the center of the tree. Tie one end of the rope to the yardstick, and then step on the rope with your foot. Rotate the rope until the tree is leveled.

Step 14

Attach the rope to the stake with a "three-quarter hitch." Make sure that the cord is tucked around the stake. Pull the cord to tighten the knot.

Tip

Leave enough rope between the trunk and the stake so that you can create a loop around the tree trunk, using the rope, if you need to support the tree in a rough area.

Step 15

Repeat Steps 12 through 14 to tie the rope to the stake on the opposite side of the trunk. You should now have two cords around the tree.

Step 16

Tie the tree stake to the pole. Attach the other end of the rope to the pole and use the third "three-quarter hitch."

Step 17

Test the tree to make sure that it's at the correct height. If it's too high, move it down a few inches. If it's too low, raise it up.

Tip

Place a level against the pole to ensure that the tree is properly balanced.

Step 18

Use the yardstick to measure from the bottom of the tree's trunk to the yardstick.

Step 19

Measure the tree at the middle of the tree. Mark out the tree's circumference at this point.

Step 20

Divide the tree's circumference in half. Use this measurement to find the tree's diameter.

Step 21

Use the measurements from Steps 14 through 20 to figure out the tree's height.

Step 22

Use a string to measure from the center of the trunk to the mark you made in Step 8.

Step 23

Measure the length of the pole. If it is 12 feet, the tree should be 15 inches above the ground. Measure that distance from the top of the pole and make a mark.

Step 24

Measure from the trunk to the pole. This is the distance the tree will need