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Garry Edwards

Straighten fruit tree

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Looking for advice. I set a pear tree 5 years ago & removed the stake too early. Our garden is exposed to westerly winds & now the tree is leaning & I want to know how I can straighten without damaging the tree

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Yes, no problem. If it is still relatively loose in the ground and will straighten without digging, then just put a couple of sturdy stakes with a cross member and affix the tree with a rubber tie and buffer.  If the roots have become so well established that it won't budge then you will need to excavate around the tree to loosen its grip before straightening and supporting it again.  It is likely that some root severance may occur, so this is best done in the dormant season.  Just remember to keep it well watered in the next growing season.

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