TRIED AND TESTED
We test 6 tree ties to see which is best for you
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.