Saturday, March 31, 2007

Don't Stake Your New Trees, says Martha

Martha Stewart has a column that runs regularly in newspapers throughout the country. She recently fielded a question about why a tree grew crookedly when it was staked to prevent wind damage. Stewart says that young trees are equipped to handle the weather on their own.

Although it might seem like young trees need to be staked to protect them from the wind and help them grow correctly, this can actually do more harm than good. In fact, it is only by being exposed to the elements -- without the aid of stakes -- that most trees develop the mechanisms that they need to become healthy and strong.

Stewart also offered tips on choosing a good tree. She says that shorter trees with heavy, solid and firm roots in the burlap bundle. Click here to read more.

Have a question for Martha? You can direct it to:
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c/o Letters Department
Martha Stewart Living
11 W. 42nd Street
New York, N.Y. 10036.

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