THIS LANDSCAPING TIP brought to you by the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association, cialis sale www.ALCA.org, the Arizona Certified Landscape Professional program and the Sustainable Landscape Management program.
It may seem far off but monsoon season is right around the corner. We all know the consequences of strong winds to our landscape trees: broken limbs, uprooted, emergency calls when a tree is in the roadway, or worse, on someone’s car!
Now is the perfect time to inspect tree stakes in the landscape to prepare and prevent landscape catastrophes if those nasty storms steer into your community.
- If trees have been in the ground for more than one year, determine whether the stakes should be removed. Roots should have grown into surrounding soils, providing a firm anchor into the soil.
- Check wires and hoses around trunks to make sure there is plenty of room for the tree to move. If the wire and hose are too tight on the trunk, it can begin girdling the tree, preventing water and nutrient flow that can create a weak spot and can potentially snap off in strong winds.
- Ensure wires or stakes are not rubbing or damaging any branches that may contact the tree as it moves in the wind. Make adjustments if necessary.
- If older or outdated staking methods such as metal stakes, re-bar, or guy wires were used, consider removing or replacing with traditional staking, such as the conventional two-stake method, for public safety and the well-being of the tree.
- Parallel to street stake positioning doesn’t always provide the best tree support. Stakes should be positioned at 90 degrees to prevailing winds.
Again, staking should be considered a temporary aid to trees growing in the landscape. If staking is required after the first year, consider inspecting the tree to see if root defects are present, such as a girdling root, or if irrigation is appropriately placed at the drip line or outside of the original rootball. Contact your landscape contractor soon to perform annual staking inspections.
Sonoran Oasis Landscaping is Sustainable Landscape Management certified through the Arizona Landscape Contractor’s Association. Call us if we can help answer any of your tree or landscaping questions.
PROTECT YOUR LANDSCAPE INVESTMENT