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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2003 7:25 pm 
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At the Antique Rose Emporium in San Antonio, I recently purchased a ten foot Monterrey Oak tree. The tree was in a three gallon pot. Not a very large root ball.

I know the root flair needs to be at the surface. As a result, the shallow root ball does not anchor the tree.

I feel the tree needs to be staked to keep it upright.

How do you stake a tree?

I would like suggestions...

Do I really need to stake the tree? If so, what is the best way to go about this?

Thank you in advance for all the help and suggestions.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2003 6:33 pm 
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If you have to tie it off, I've (heard) that pantie hose work quite well.

It's kind to the bark and gives somewhat with the wind.

It might look bad but I use "T" post that are used for bobwire fenceing. They anchor better than wood or metal re-bar.

During the winter, I use the "T" posts to form the 'tent' poles for the cover over the plants.

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I'm not sure what a "T-post" is. And how would I use it? If I go to a hardware store and ask for a t-post, would they know what I meant? Thanks for all your help.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2003 7:52 am 
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Heather wrote:
I'm not sure what a "T-post" is. And how would I use it? If I go to a hardware store and ask for a t-post, would they know what I meant? Thanks for all your help.


Heather,
As I mentioned, it's used for ranch type fencing.
Home Depot, Lowes, Farm and Ranch stores are a good source. Fencing Dept.

They come in several lenghts, painted dark green, and made of heavy metal. If you look at the end of the post, it's in the shape of a "T". Don't buy the light weight sheet metal ones. There is a metal plate welded to the bottom for added support in the ground. One edge has bumps on it to keep the wire from slipping down the post.

I forgot to mention that if you use them as a tent post, cut a hole in a tennis ball and put it on the top to keep from it from pokeing thru the cover.

Hope this helps.

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Zipper, Thanks for all the assistance. I have followed through with your suggestions, and the tree is now upright. Thanks again!

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