Re: [gardeners] Tree planting advice

George Shirley (
Thu, 09 May 2002 08:24:28 -0500

Is the "uphill" side facing the prevailing wind? I have a fruit tree with a large canopy that is now
leaning away from the prevailing wind. We have a deep loamy soil. It could be too that the tree is
leaning because the downhill side can't keep it upright with the canopy grown out. I don't think the
shovel cut on the low side will help but may actually speed up the leaning.

George wrote:
> My son-in-law in St.Louis has a 12 foot hemlock which was planted on a
> berm in heavy clay soil with some humus mixed in, about 3 years ago. All
> of a sudden, it is leaning forwards about at a 40 degree angle. So far he
> has wrapped part of the trunk with fabric to prevent abrasion, , and now
> is pulling upwards gently with 3 bungee cords attached to a stake.
> Has anyone experience with this?  Should he make a shovel-cut on the
> low side?
> Penny, NY
> .
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