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Tree and Plant Care

How to care for young trees.

Why should I stake my trees?

Very small, short trees and larger trees with a large root ball do not need to be staked if you do not live in an area with high winds. Otherwise, staking trees assures that wind damage or root disturbance will not occur.

Why is the Mow-Over Tree Stake Kit better and easier to use than other tree stakes?

The Mow-Over tree stake system allows you to easily remove the ropes from the stakes to eliminate the need for trimming around them.

The ropes are attached to pins, which are inserted into a hole in the top of the stakes, which are driven flush with the ground. The pins easily slip in and out of the holes in the stakes.

Should the tree ropes be pulled tight?

No, absolutely not! The tree needs to be able to sway in the breeze in order to gain strength. The ropes should be loose enough to allow several inches of bending, but not so much that damage can occur or roots be displaced.

What do I do if the wooden stake splits?

If the stake splits, it is relatively easy to drill another hole; however, you can still use the kit with two stakes by installing the other two along with their ropes on the up-wind side of the tree. You rarely need protection in all directions.

Why use Tree Wrap?

More damage is done to trees in the landscape each year by mowers and weed trimmers than all other causes combined. Tree Guard will prevent all except the most careless of damage by these two causes.

When should Tree Wrap be removed?

It should be removed or loosened (rewrapped) when the growth of the tree makes it tight (check every 6 months). In the extreme, Tree Wrap can girdle a tree and kill it if not kept reasonably loose.

When should Tree Guard be removed?

It should be loosened (adjust the slots) when the growth of the tree makes it tight (check every 6 months). In the extreme, Tree Guard can girdle a tree and kill it if not kept reasonably loose.