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Standing and securing trees after the storm

Staking 4 to 12 inch diameter trees after hurricanes has become commonplace. Arborists that stood these large trees up in past storms as many as 7 years ago have observed that these are the ones more likely to blow over in future storms. There is no published research on this topic. The systems used must be sturdy enough to hold the weight of these large caliper trees.

Systems need to be in place for more than one year in many cases until roots regrow to secure the tree in the ground. None of the systems appear to accomodate the increase in trunk diameter that will take place during the year or two the tree will be staked. The merits of this practice are unknown. Click on photos for more detail on some of the staking systems commonly used following storms.

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