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Old 04-27-2010, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Indian Trail
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I just planted 4 crape myrtle's and have a question. The trees are young but about 6-7 ft tall and each have 3 stems. I would like to stake them down to protect them from the wind and not sure how to do this since they have the 3 stems and are not very thick. What would be the best way to go about this?
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:48 PM
 
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What do you mean by tie them down? If you mean staking them, you could run a rope around the stems pretty low on the tree and tie the 3 stems together. Then tie the rope to a stake on either side.

I planted crapes about that size 5 years ago. They stood up to wind/rain pretty good without the need to stake.
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:49 PM
 
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What do you mean by tie them down? If you mean staking them, you could run a rope around the stems pretty low on the tree and tie the 3 stems together. Then tie the rope to a stake on either side.

I planted crapes about that size 5 years ago. They stood up to wind/rain pretty good without the need to stake.
Thanks for the quick reply. Yes, I ment stake them down and changed it in my post. Thanks again.
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Old 04-27-2010, 04:33 PM
 
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Crape Myrtle wood is pretty hard. It should be fine without the need for staking unless you want to prune a specific form.
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:53 AM
 
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We planted 5 of them 3 years ago, they were only about 3-4' tall and they have done fine w/o any staking. We just dug a big hole, filled with good soil, and put mulch on top. The best part is that they seeded and we've had about 10 baby crapes come from them!
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:08 AM
 
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We planted 11 crape myrtles between two drive ways, they were about a 15 gal size. did not stake them. they looked beautiful until the hurricane came thru and blew them down. we staked them afterwards. its been several years now and they are looking good again.
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