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April 3, 2023
Ok, maybe it isn’t free, but with nothing more than a few tools and a little work, you can collect and plant a bunch of trees without putting a dent in your bank account.
Live staking is a tree propagation method that involves cutting a stem from certain species of trees and shrubs and driving them into the ground, where they will begin to grow. That almost sounds too good to be true. Watch as Ryan Davis, Senior Forests Projects Manager for the Alliance demonstrates.
In order for live staking to work, you need to find one of a few wet-loving pioneer species.
After planting, live stakes will spend most of their energy on root development. You may only see a few leaves during the first growing season, but you will likely have some new lateral branches by mid-summer. Species vary in how likely they are to survive, but willows, shrub dogwoods, and elderberry seem to do best; you can expect upwards of 80% stake survival if they are properly planted.
If you want to learn more about live staking, Ryan goes into great detail in his blog post, LIVE STAKING: A TRUSTY TECHNIQUE FOR PLANTING TREES AND SHRUBS ON THE CHEAP.
You can also catch Ryan and more information about live staking in his Tree Talk episode on the subject.
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