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How to Stake a Tree

There are many ways to stake a tree, but we recommend the following way:

 For the actual stakes, we recommend:

  • Ground treated 1.2m stakes (50mm square);
  • 2 stakes for most domestic gardens; or
  • 3 stakes for exposed sites.


(1)  Bang your stakes into the ground, to a depth of around 600mm [2 feet]:

  • Ensure the stakes are positioned outside of the root ball and in undisturbed soil if possible (gives extra strength);
  • Ensure your stakes are facing into the prevailing wind;
  • Ensure your stakes are straight or pointing slightly outward - if the stakes are pointing slightly outward they will pull in when you tie the tree giving you a nice vertical finish (this is more for looks than effectiveness).

(2)  Once your stakes are in the ground you can use your tree tie to tie the tree to the stakes:

  • Tie/secure one end of the tree tie to the first stake;
  • Run your tie out to the tree and back again to measure the length required, plus allow some extra length for tying the two ends, then cut the tree tie required;
  • Now run your length of tie back to the trunk and run it around the back side of the trunk.  Then, on your way back to the stake, twist the tree tie over around the first length, like forming a figure 8;
  • Once back at the stake tie/secure it to the stake;
  • Repeat for the other stakes.

Important Things to Remember

  • Only leave stakes on the tree for the first 1-2 years;
  • Never use wire or anything else which can cut into the bark;
  • Never use just one stake.