Evergreens
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Straightening an Already Established Tree?

Zone zone 8-9 | bbmitchbb added on January 19, 2013 | Answered

I have several large evergreens that have been in the ground for 2 to 3 years. The top half of the tree on 5 or 6 of them are noticeably "crooked" or leaning one way or the other. Would it be harmful to the trees to gently attach them and pull them to stand up straight??

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AnnsGreeneHaus
Answered on January 19, 2013

When pulling a limb or trunk to (un)bend, make sure the items you use will not "girdle" the bark. I always suggest that people use a legnth of "dead garden hose" with a sturdy rope or wire run through it. The hose will keep the rope or wire from girdling (which will kill) the plant. Use a metal T-post from a farm or tractor supply store to attach the rope or wire. Use a 6' or 8' post, the 5' will not be sturdy enough.

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