Tree Saplings: Fit to Be Tied!

I just came in after tying green plastic ties around my four new fruit tree saplings, just as the winds started picking up! I had already placed wooden stakes up against each sapling last weekend but had not secured them with the gardening tape. I did not know that it was going to be gusty just one week later!

From my rather “chilling” (!) experience, I highly recommend that you tie and stake your saplings as soon as you plant them.  Tying the saplings to the stakes will help to ensure that they will grow reasonably straight and won’t get knocked down by a heavy wind.

If the situation warrants, I will also use these straps for my roses. I have some short climbing roses but also non-climbing roses that are quite robust, some already growing tall and some with canes that are weighed heavily with flower buds. I monitor my rose garden carefully during the flowering season to reduce the chance that I lose flowers to cane breakage (or other reasons). It takes just a few minutes each week  to ensure  a long-lasting  rose season.

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