Staking small trees

Asked December 18, 2016, 4:55 PM EST

We have several small (3 Foot) Blue Rocket Junipers that were blown over in the recent windstorms. They have been staked with a 1 inch wide wooden stake driven through the root to keep them upright. We thought they were to be staked with bamboo stakes on each side and are concerned that the stakes driven through the root ball will do damage to the trees. Unfortunately, for some reason I cannot upload pictures on this site. Questions - Is putting a wide wood stake through the root ball an acceptable way to stake trees? Is there an email address that I can use to send you photos?

Baltimore County Maryland junipers trees staking

1 Response

Here is information on our website about staking trees. If the tree is located in a windy area, you can stake the first year. Stakes are driven into the ground near the base of the tree but not into the root ball. Remove and stake properly. Remove after one year.
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/trees-and-shrubs/post-planting-care
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