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James R. Urban, FASLA critiques tree stabilization

Not long after reading James R. Urban's essay arguing against automatically staking newly planted trees in the January 2012 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine I saw an example of a tree that had been staked too long and improperly.  Urban recommends above ground staking with arbor tie tape and in most cases, removal after the first growing season.  Read an excerpt of the essay here and the full article is available with a subscription to LAM.