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How to Install Tree Staple™ Below-Grade Stabilizers

Installation Instructions
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  1. Leaving burlap intact, heel the plant's root ball into place.
  2. Remove plastic safety caps from Tree Staples™ and set aside.
  3. Set each Tree Staple™ opposite the other and against the outside edge of the root ball. The shorter prong should be positioned over the root ball, halfway between the trunk and the ball's outer edge.
  4. Using a sledgehammer, drive each Tree Staple into the ground until the cross bar is recessed one to two inches below the surface of the root ball. You can alternate between hitting either of the prongs to insure that the Tree Staples are completely below-grade.
  5. Place safety caps on exposed ends.
  6. Cut back burlap, leaving material under cross bars.
  7. Fill and finish planting using best practices.

  • Leaving burlap intact, heel the plant's root ball into place.
  • Remove plastic safety caps from Tree Staples™ and set aside.
  • Set each Tree Staple™ opposite the other and against the outside edge of the root ball. The shorter prong should be positioned over the root ball, halfway between the trunk and the ball's outer edge.
  • Using a sledgehammer, drive each Tree Staple into the ground until the cross bar is recessed one to two inches below the surface of the root ball. You can alternate between hitting either of the prongs to insure that the Tree Staples are completely below-grade.
  • Place safety caps on exposed ends.
  • Cut back burlap, leaving material under cross bars.
  • Fill and finish planting using best practices.

At your discretion consider increasing the size or number of stabilizers when:

  • Extreme wind conditions persist,
  • The tree's size requires greater holding power
  • Soil is sandy or loose
  • Root ball is small relative to canopy or tree size, (palm trees).


Loose Root Ball or Container Stock: 


Here's a simple and effective solution to use when working with container stock or loosened B&B material:


  1. Follow steps 1, 2, & 3 in Installation Instructions, changing the position of the short prong to the outside edge of the rootball.
  2. Tie common burlap tree wrap (3"-5" width) to the crossbars on each side of the trunk. Leave about 2"-3" of play in the straps. Keep straps away from the trunk
  3. Proceed with installation instructions, step #4.
        
  
tree staple, tree staking, tree stabilizing
tree staple, tree staking, tree stabilizing
tree staple, tree staking, tree stabilizing
tree staple, tree staking, tree stabilizing
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"Virtually invisible once installed. Congratulations on an innovative solution!"
–Jan-Marie Traynor, Coordinator & Professor , Agricultural Technology Program, County College of Morris