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Crooked tree

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by VRL, Feb 6, 2002.

  1. VRL

    VRL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Can a crooked tree be trained to grow upwards again. I just picked up this account. The strap broke and it grew into a 45 degree angle (Bended half way of the tree). The tree is a Carrot Wood very young still. What do you guys think? is it worth it or should I recommend another tree?

    Any info. is appreciated.

  2. plymouthvaliant73

    plymouthvaliant73 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 167

    Yes, probably.

    Problem is, why did it get crooked. It the tree is shaded on one side, it is just going to grow crooked again to get the light.

  3. VRL

    VRL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Looks like the trunk outgrew and broke the strap or the wind might of pushed it enough to break the strap. Then it was never tied back. What kind of hardware would you use to pull it back and have it grow correctly?

  4. BigJim

    BigJim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    If the trees still young put a good solid stake in on the side away from the bend.Strap the tree firmly to the stake from the ground up to the bend.From the bend up pull the tree back up as straight as you can get it,but DO NOT put to much pressure on it at the bend or it will snap in half.Strap it back with several straps and each month as you visit tighten the straps back a little and bring the tree back to straight.Over a period of a year or so the tree will grow back straight.
  5. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    Well now...............ya take a cuttin torch and heat it where ya want to bend it........................oops, wrong forum!

    I did see a device in AM Leanord magazine for straightening a crooked tree. It might not work for the trunk though. If it's still young then there might be a chance.
  6. VRL

    VRL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Thanks guys, I'll put a stake on the side of the tree and tie several straps to it. That sounds like a good idea. Thanks again. I check out the AM Leanord magazine online and see if I can use anything. For now I'll try BigJims method. :D

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