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Question DetailsAsked on 12/6/2012

few spruces are leaning after the hurricane (about 15 - 20 feet tall). can they be up righted. t

two spruces are leaning after hurricane. Can they be up righted.
Two are 75 degree angles (15- 20 feet tall).
Other is at 45 angle about 15 TALL

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If your trees are 15-20 feet tall, they are probably about 8-10 years old and if they have not established a healthy root structure during that time (healthy enough to hold themselves up in wind), righting them up is possible but unlikely that they will stay righted. You can stake them, but given that they haven't developed strong enough roots in 8-10 years, are you willing to leave stakes in for another 8-10 years to give them another chance to grow better roots? This is all assuming exposed roots haven't dried out and roots on the narrow angle side haven't been cracked or broken. Typcially we wont right trees over 12' tall. If a customer talks me into doing it, we won't guarantee that it will live.


Answered 7 years ago by Cressman's Tree Svc

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