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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
That’s Gonna Leave a Mark
Did you ever watch the slap-stick, ridiculously funny movie Tommy Boy? One of the classic lines in the film, “That's gonna leave a mark,” weaves itself throughout the flick, including the final scene. So when a plant technique like guying trees is improperly done or left unattended, the outcome is…you guessed it. ‘That’s gonna leave a mark.’
What to use in the guying process?
There are a number of systems from the simple to the complicated. Let’s start with the traditional.
Wooden stakes triangulated around the root ball with wire and hose is the old-fashion way of guying a tree. If you want to make this system adjustable, you have to add a turnbuckle into the mix. The hose protects the tree’s trunk from the wire.
Another option is cable and earth anchor/duck bill guying kits. These kits offer easy installation and all the gadgets necessary for adjustment but can be fairly pricey; however, not nearly as expensive as an uprooted tree.
Remember - one size does not fit all. All guying kits must be sized appropriately to the height and/or caliper of the tree. For instance, if you are planting a 4” caliper (diameter of the trunk) shade tree, it requires a 4-stake guying system or a guying kit appropriate to that size tree. These kits are clearly labeled and marked according to size.
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