We have been having an active discussion in our state about the benefits and drawbacks of staking trees. The most well known, and most cited, research is the Richard Harris research which shows staking landscape trees reduces root mass, caliper, and taper of young trees. It also Shows the negative impact of side pruning and heading of landscape trees on caliper and root mass. This research addresses the nursery growing culture, and many transfer this data to planting larger landscape stock.
Does anyone out there have additional research publications about the effects of staking trees, both in the nursery setting, and also in the final landscape setting? Thanks in advance for your assistance!
Trunk Development of Young Trees -Link to the Richard Harris Research