Tree Problems

Winter Tree Damage

Anonymous added on June 5, 2011 | Answered

I have a tree with 5 trunks (not the kind with only one) that was bent pretty bad with the 20+' of snow we had this winter. Nothing broke and it seemed to bounce back slightly in spring. Then came the leaves on the tree and it is back to very bent again. What can I do to keep them upright and not break? Can it be saved and maybe tied?

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Answered on June 6, 2011

To correct the lean, tie a rope around the "tree" trunk and anchor it in the direction you wish the tree to go. Use a piece of garden hose over the rope where it touches the tree to protect the plant. Tighten the rope a little every few weeks to pull it back into the right angle. This will correct it without hurting the tree.

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