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Should I take the ties off my trees now?

fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 390
We planted some young trees Autumn last year. Should we leave the ties on a little longer or take them off now? I’ve attached a photo of one tree. Thanks!


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,610
    I always remove the ties they arrive in straight away put on my own ties, those rubbery ones with wire inside, then I can loosen them as the tree grows. I think there is one on your tree. That plastic tape with a metal clip one is what I would have removed when  planting it.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,639
    This is the best way to stake new trees until their roots have had time to develop enough to hold the tree themselves - 

    The tie needs to be adjustable and pass between the stake and the  tree to avoid damage to the trunk and it needs to be low down to let the trunk sway a bit in the wind as this improves strength.  You also need a clear circle around the tree to reduce competition for nutrients and water while it establishes.  You can use a mulch of chipped bark or Strulch or something similar to suppress weeds.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • ErgatesErgates Posts: 2,408
    How big a cleared circle does a small tree need to reduce competition?
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy Posts: 6,420
    About 1 metre. 
    AB Still learning

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  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 390
    @Busy-Lizzie @Obelixx thank you very much for your replies 😊
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