How To Straighten A Tree That Is Leaning

How To Straighten A Tree That Is Leaning

Some gardeners prefer their trees to grow in a straightway. But sometimes, one can’t beat Mother Nature. Some factors can contribute to your trees growing in a crooked way. Learn how to straighten a tree that is leaning. Wind, storm, rain, snow, and some other factors can play some part in your leaning tree. All these factors to some extent can cause some harm to your trees. And you might be wondering what ways to solve or correct these leaning tree problems.

Staking is a way of straightening a leaning tree. It is a mechanical process of assisting the trunk of a tree making your tree sturdy upright.

Usually, to straighten a young leaning tree, you might need just one stake and a rope. While bigger trees may need more stake and a lot of effort to straighten the leaning tree.

Steps on How to Straighten a Leaning Tree

How To Straighten a Small Leaning Tree

Below are the steps to straightening a small leaning tree:

  • To begin, dig a hole around 18 inches away from the small tree. You can wet the ground where you are digging the hole earlier in the day. This will soften it and you will find it easier to pound in the stake.
  • You will need 1 or 2 stakes. Hit the stake to the ground (about 15-20 inches into the ground). Make sure to drive the stake opposite the tail of the tree.
  • Get your strap. Wrap it around the tree and the stake. Pull the tree and tie and secure the stake of the leaning tree.
  • Observe the tree and make the strap tight when it becomes loose.

Straightening a Big Leaning Tree

You will need a lot of energy and helpers to straighten a bigger tree. Below are the steps:

  • Get your stakes. You might need more stakes for bigger trees.
  • Drive the stake post to about 18 inches into the ground.
  • Tie a rope around the tree and pull the tree towards your direction. Pull gently and not with force. Do this till the tree stands upright. Because it is a bigger tree, you might need some assistance if the tree is too heavy.
  • You will need a bigger and firm rope to hold the tree. Secure the stake and rope after straitening the leaning tree.
  • After 6–10 weeks you can remove the stake. But if you notice the tree begins to lean again, you will need to put the tree support back. At least for some weeks until your tree has become straight without the need for support.

Straightening a Big Leaning Tree

Check out this video on how to stake a tree.


  • Be careful while trying to bend or pull the trunk of the tree upright to avoid damaging the trunk.
  • Monitors your staked tree. Loosen the ties if you notice they are too tight. This will prevent the bark and trunk of the tree from getting weak.
  • The wire wind around the branch should be removed. This is because when the tree grows, it can grow around the wires. This can stop the natural movement of water and nutrients.