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#3373875 - 09/25/13 12:23 PM Re: Tree Tubes ? [Re: chadperr]
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Registered: 10/04/12
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 Originally Posted By: chadperr
Thanks for all the input. What is everyone using for stakes. Maybe too, what you have used as a stake that didnt work well. Also, has anyone used any tree tubes that they just did not like for some reason.

Thanks,


Glad you asked. \:\) I went cheap initially and bought the wood stakes. That is false savings for sure as they start rotting off within a year and have to be replaced. So much for my savings, huh? I bought a bundle of fiberglass stakes this Spring that I am replacing the wood with as they rot off. I got them from the same source I mentioned above. "The Wildlife Group".

I read somewhere - I think on The Wildlife Group website - about another benefit of fiberglass stakes over wood besides not rotting. The article stated that the additional flexibility of the fiberglass compared to wood allowed the tree to flex more with the wind which in turn required it to develop stronger roots to resist this constant swaying. I'm not a tree expert by the furthest stretch of the imagination but that sounds very reasonable.

Regardless of that last possible benefit, don't go with wood stakes unless you are willing to replace half of the every year.

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#3375014 - 09/26/13 09:28 AM Re: Tree Tubes ? [Re: 8 POINTS OR BETTER]
chadperr
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Registered: 01/20/12
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Loc: Middle Tn

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Thanks for all the Info. I was thinking about trying to find some Bamboo to use as stakes, but may go with fiberglass. I do have a family member with at least several hundred Tobacco stakes if they would be willing to part with them. I also found study of several of the more popular tree tubes and it has some charts that compare them. http://www.caswellfp.com/Articles/MD_TreeShelters.pdf . Hope the link works. I may try a couple different kinds, just depending on the price.
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