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Should I stake this tree?

notlimahttocs

notlimahttocs

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Hi all! I live in west central Indiana. We bought this young Austrian pine a few weeks ago from a local nursery. It was potted and already had this heavy lean. The folks at the nursery told me to plant it with the lean facing north and that should eventually correct it. I went ahead and planted it with the root ball level, clearly keeping the lean. My question is should I stake it an try to pull the tree against the lean or should I leave it? We have clay soil here.

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ArtB

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It was potted and already had this heavy lean
And you bought this particular disfigured tree because???
And you planted with the lean , and now want it straight because??
 
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Theres a 'homeowner helper forum' for posts like this.
You don't neccesarily need to stake the tree for its health. Making sure its planted at the right depth is more important.
They were right, over many years most of the tree will grow vertically and 'correct' itself, but I think the trunk may not ever be perfectly straight.
If you tie it to a stake to try straighten it, use nylon webbing or rubber hose that wont dig into the tree. Also, dont tie anything tight around the trunk.
 
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