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Tree Guying

June 26, 2020 | by Joe Morrell

When a tree needs help establishing itself


Think twice about staking that tree.

Yes, wind can cause damage but is also essential for a tree's development and strength. A tree swaying in the wind stimulates its root system while this stress also prompts the young tree to grow extra bark in the lower trunk. The normal stress of this swaying produces extra fibers which then increases the trunk diameter and therefore, the tree's strength. 


Trees that have been grown in a container with a small or restricted root ball may need steadying early on until the roots develop. For the most part, however, the root balls of trees can establish themselves. Certain environments may leave trees more vulnerable to high winds such as new housing tracts and areas with sandy soil. Top heavy unsupported larger trees with underdeveloped root systems may tip or move, interrupting the establishment of fine roots important for nutrient absorption. Good-sized evergreen trees may be prone to tipping. Staking or guying may be advised in these situations. Consulting a trained arborist for advice is recommended.

Another Help

A secondary benefit from staking: visually, people are alerted to a young tree and are at least temporarily barred from approaching the tree.  Also, those using various types of lawn equipment (particularly mowers and weed whackers) are less like to run into the tree and cause damage especially in its fragile first year. 

athletic woman stretching leg on tree by city pond

Trees in stressed city or urban areas prone to vandalism may be candidates for guying. If vandalism is a concern, then guying does provide a level of security. Trees are not cheap, particularly those that have been carefully cultivated and are worth protecting. 

Temporary Protection

The area in contact with the tree--a tree collar is wrapped around the young tree and should be a flexible, woven material that does not abrade the bark. This collar should not stay on too long, usually not longer than a year, as the tree has not been able to strengthen itself by the usual exercise provided by swaying in the wind. Though stabilized, the guying should not be too tight, still allowing for some sway. 

Here's a step by step instruction video that helps illustrate the process:


stand of trees tree trunks with sun shining through




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How To Build A Stay-Tuff Field Fence

October 13, 2012 | by Duncan Page

Two grazing sheep on green grass

A Fence that Lasts Longer

Ever wondered how to put up high tensile field fencing? Installing field fence can pose many challenges if you don't know how to do it. Watch this instructional video below from Stay-Tuff and learn how: to keep your animals safer; make your fence last longer; add value to your property! It will guide you through the steps, from planning to completion.

 1. Planning your fence

  • Take time to sketch a map and lay out the fence, locating corners and gates.
  • Think about your future fencing needs.
  • Make sure you have all necessary tools to complete the job.
  • Note any natural obstacles - streams, gullies, etc.
  • Clear the fence line, removing brush and any obstacles.

2. Setting the posts

  • Install end, corner and brace posts.
  • Build horizontal brace members to support tensioning of wire.
  • Remove knots to tie off horizontal wires to end posts.
3. Tensioning the horizontal wires
  • Tension the fence sections using a stretcher bar.
  • Splice lengths of fence together.

4. Attaching the fence to posts

  • Staple horizontal fence wires to wood posts.
  • Secure fence to metal T posts with T post ties.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Safety and Security
Once you have completed these steps, you will have a good looking fence that will keep your animals safe and secure for a long time.

Now sit back and enjoy!

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Topics: field fence, how to install

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