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Fruit tree stakes/supports should not be any taller than about 120cm/4ft, and around 50cm of the stake should be below the ground, leaving approx. 70cm above ground level to support the tree.
The tree tie should then be fixed no more than 2.5cm/1in below the top of the stake, in the form of a figure-8. To make the figure-8, the vertical ribs on the tree tie should be on the inside, against the bark of the tree (they are there to allow room for expansion as the tree grows). The pointed end should then be threaded right through the first slot in the tie and tightened onto the tree, though not too much. The length of the tie that has been threaded through should now be looped round the stake and threaded back through the second (outer) slot in the tree tie, fully tightened and locked off using the teeth in the pointed end of the tie.
The crossover acts as a spacer between the tree and the stake, so that when the tree moves in the wind, it cannot rub against the top of the stake. If it does, it will quickly open up a nasty wound through the bark allowing canker to infect the trunk.
The top of the tree above the stake should be allowed to flex freely in the wind, this is one of the processes by which tree trunks strengthen themselves. It is also often a good idea to cut back the main shoot to the height at which you want the head of the tree to form. This is usually either at about 75cm above ground for a bush tree (so that in later years most of the fruit will be produced within easy reach), or higher up, at around 135cm/4ft 6in for a half-standard (this is worth considering if for instance the tree is being planted in a lawn to be mown around with a ride-on mower), though steps will eventually be needed to pick the fruit.
Our products are all grown with the utmost care and to high standards of quality. We regularly check our nursery stock to determine exactly when they will be at the optimum time for despatch.
We despatch our fresh, nursery-grown live plants (including vegetables, trees and flowers) when they are at a stage of growth ready for you, the customer, to plant on at home.
The delivery period shown on your order confirmation indicates when you can expect to receive your order and we will endeavour to despatch your plants in this period within 7-14 days
See above, the stake cracked by a knot in the wood, but is taped and is fine.
The supports, ties and rabbit-proof tubing was free of charge with the fruit trees and was very good. Has already protected the whippy trees from the fierce wind in the last few weeks.
All helpful. I used it all.
Tree Support Kit
Newly planted trees require a little help at the start to protect them from damage from strong winds, such as wind rock or even up-rooting.
Rabbits and deer can also cause damage by eating the young bark around the base of the tree.
Each kit comes with a 57cm/22in soft rubber tree tie, 1.2m/4ft treated wooden stake and plastic spiral tree guard.See Full Description +
- Quantity 1x Tree Support Kit
Delivery: Late November to Late August