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Natushabi
Crooked Norway Spruce

We planted a 6' Norway Spruce last fall. Now in early spring, the tree is somewhat tilted. Can we stake it to straighten at this young age?

Re: Crooked Norway Spruce

Good post ACS...this is whats I did last summer, and it seems to work well.

A. Spruce
Re: Crooked Norway Spruce

Something that will aid in resetting the tree is to soak the ground thoroughly before pulling and tying the tree straight. By doing this you're allowing the root ball to move in the ground, you're not just flexing the trunk to grow in a different direction. Trickle a hose for a few hours or over night, depending on the dryness/hardness of your soil. Pull tree straight and stake it. Do not water this tree for several weeks, allowing the ground to resolidify. Leave the tree staked for at least 6 months, allowing the ground to settle and the tree to take root even deeper. :)

havanagranite
Re: Crooked Norway Spruce
A. Spruce wrote:

Something that will aid in resetting the tree is to soak the ground thoroughly before pulling and tying the tree straight. By doing this you're allowing the root ball to move in the ground, you're not just flexing the trunk to grow in a different direction. Trickle a hose for a few hours or over night, depending on the dryness/hardness of your soil. Pull tree straight and stake it. Do not water this tree for several weeks, allowing the ground to resolidify. Leave the tree staked for at least 6 months, allowing the ground to settle and the tree to take root even deeper. :)

who better to reply to this thread then mr spruce himself

A. Spruce
Re: Crooked Norway Spruce
havanagranite wrote:

who better to reply to this thread then mr spruce himself

What can I say ... :D:D:D

ed21
Re: Crooked Norway Spruce

Hopefully you removed or cut the burlap around the ball. Some of the plastic burlap looks a lot like regular burlap, but doesn't rot away allowing the roots to expand. A lot of burlap is treated & doesn't rot easily too.
I would leave it well staked for at least a year, the over the next year or two loosen the ties to allow the tree to flex a bit to simulate root growth. Then remove the stakes.

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