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GardenSMART Video :: The First Steps In Growing A Tree

Show #47/5008. Trees, Trees, Trees - Lessons From A Tree Farm

The First Steps In Growing A Tree

From the beginning when they bring in the liner they do a lot of root pruning. They take out any bad roots, any crossing roots, any broken roots, things like that. This really sets the plant up for success. Then after it is planted it is very important to get the tree staked up and pruned properly. So they take off any lower limbs that don't need to be there and try to get this tree up to the landscape height, then they stake it with a good fiberglass stake that's able to flex and move with the wind. Then there will be 6-8 ties on every tree to keep the tree rigid and straight for the first couple of years.

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