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How To Stake And Strap A Tree

Following the pictures above…..

  • tree stake at the ready… place the stake [generally] 3 fingers width from the base of the tree and 2 fingers width from the top. Once you have your position correct… push it in slightly.
  • A tree stake pounder [the yellow object in the photographs] is preferable although you can use a sledge hammer. I find the sledge more often splits the stake and its also not very nice for Mary if she is the one holding it and you miss 😉
  • Drive your stake in until it’s sturdy, whilst along the way making sure its straight as it goes down.
  • There are many forms of straps and buckles available… but for my garden I generally but a roll of strap and cut to size. Always allow a little extra if you are unsure you can always cut a little bit off the end – you can’t however add a little bit on.
  • Wrap your strap around the tree and add the buckle on. Then pull really tight against the tree…. wrap one side around the stake and then double over the first piece.
  • With the tree now sturdy against the stake and the strap not moving…. get Mary [or someone else 😉 ] to lean agains the back of the stake and hammer a nail in. Always leave a little off the nail sticking out so it can be removed if you get it wrong or it needs to be adjusted in time as the tree grows. Be sure not to tie the tree too tight.
  • If you are doing trees in straight lines and you wish for them all to look nice and neat…. take a cane as an optimum measure of height, mark the tree stake and saw off at an angle.
  • A little tidy around the base and go and grab yourself a cuppa 🙂
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Nollaig 09

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Unknowns to most, possibly, in Ireland  we buy approximately 500,000 trees every year and it takes roughly 7 years to grow one tree.

At an average retail price of €30 – 40 thats not bad value 😉

Without getting into the horticultural technical stuff… [just for todays anyway] I like to go and help pick mine fresh from the field… something kinda Christmas-eeeee about it.

And thats exactly what I did this year once again…. except I didn’t choose the tree. In fact its the only time of the year I don’t 😉 I don’t do the decorating either…. Looks a bit bare without a selection box and wooly red reindeer jumper underneath, wouldn’t you say 😆 and yes I’m the Christmas star on top was the one my niece Lilly made for me last year 😉

As a by the way….. I’ll be putting these photos in the Bord Gáis Nollaig 09 Pix.ie folder. I went out on a photo walk with some really cool guys on Saturday and some of The Bord Gáis team [thank you ! ]- I’ll put my other Pix up there too…. feel like popping out and buying a reindeer now 😆

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