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Arboriculture & Urban Forestry Online
Volume 34, Issue 1 — January 2008

Tree Stabilization: Current Products and Practices    (View PDF)

Bonnie L. Appleton, Carolyn M. Cannella, P. Eric Wiseman, and Alexis A. Alvey

Abstract: Products and systems used to stabilize trees at transplant should be prescribed based on site conditions, tree characteristics, and planting and maintenance practices. Alternatives to traditional aboveground trunk staking and guying methods exist, generally consisting of products that anchor tree rootballs rather than supporting tree trunks. When assessing the need for tree stabilization at transplant, several factors should be considered, including material costs, time required for installation and maintenance, product persistence in the landscape, and aesthetics.

Keywords: Balled and burlapped (B&B); container-grown; guying; rootball anchoring; staking; transplanting; trunk support

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