But if a nursery has grown a mop-headed half-standard tree - a scarlet thorn, perhaps, or a crab apple - it is going to catch a lot of wind at the top. Too low a stake will allow it to lash around cruelly. Heavy-headed young trees are better given the old-fashioned taller stake, coming almost to the top of the cleared stem.
Recently I saw a tall group of young alders nicely established on 6ft stakes. They would have made good, but for an expert who decided the stakes were too tall. Fashionable, knee-high stakes were immediately introduced and in the next decent wind every tree blew down.Reuse content