TRIED AND TESTED

We test 6 tree ties to see which is best for you

Amateur Gardening - - This Week In Gardening -

THERE are plenty of good rea­sons for plant­ing a tree. It might be for the fiery colour of an acer in au­tumn or per­haps the bril­liant white bark of a birch. There’s the shade they of­fer from the hot sum­mer sun and fruit to har­vest from ap­ple, pear and plum trees. If you’re think­ing of do­ing it then Oc­to­ber through to March is the best time.

For all but the small­est of trees, stak­ing is rec­om­mended in or­der to pre­vent wind rock and to pro­vide the roots with sta­bil­ity as they es­tab­lish in their new home. Sin­gle, an­gled or dou­ble stak­ing with cross­bar should be used de­pend­ing on whether the tree is bare rooted, root­balled or con­tainer grown, but in all cases the stake should ex­tend 2ft (60cm) into the soil and sup­port the tree one third of the way up the trunk. A tree tie will then be needed to hold the tree to the stake.

Tips: in­sert the stake on the side of the pre­vail­ing wind, mak­ing sure the stake and tie do not rub against the trunk. Re­mem­ber to check reg­u­larly and loosen ties as the girth ex­pands over the next 18months to three years.

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