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How hard is it to grow straight up? Evidently some tress just can’t figure it out. Oh, there may be some external factors like a larger tree or building shading the growing tree, or prevailing high winds to bend it, but sometimes they’re just stubborn and need a little corrective help.

Enter the Tree Trainer: It has straps that anchor above and below the aluminum brace, and tightening the strap exerts a constant correcting force against the crooked part of the trunk without resorting to stakes and wires.

The Tree Trainer comes in two sizes: a small size for trees 1/2″ to 1-1/2″ in diameter and a large size for trees 1-1/4″ to 2-3/4″. If you don’t correct the tree before it outgrows these sizes, you’re probably too late anyway. You’ll pay about $40 for either size.

Tree Trainer [Roy Enterprises]
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8 Responses to Train Your Trees To Stand Up Straight

  1. Old Coot says:

    Hmm. A couple of HF bungee cords and a chunk of 1X and I’ve saved myself about $39.00. Thanks for the idea Benjamen!

  2. Jerry says:

    Can’t argue with the logic of “Old Coot” at all. $40 seems a bit pricey for what you are getting. The only thing I see as troublesome with this, whether the real deal or a home brew variety? There would clearly be some tendency for the whole thing to want to rotate around the tree to the wrong side of the bend. Elastic seems to like to move itself to the angle of least stress. Just my thought. Otherwise, seems like a good priniciple.

  3. Old Coot says:

    Jerry: I agree with the likelihood of a rotation problem. Their version may be lightly clamping the trunk to resist turning. My cheap version will use a couple of twine guy-wires leading to some 16 penny nails shoved in the ground.

  4. ovrwrkd says:

    Will it work on spines? Need to buy one for the boss.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Make sure to heavily pad the “stick” that contacts the tree.

    You can kill the cambium under the main point of pressure, if
    you do not pad.

    Perhaps a couple of layers of old garden hose, cut to fit.

  6. Toolhearty says:

    Ah yes, the eternal quest for the perfectly straight tree to go with the golf-course lawn.

    I watched one of my neighbors go through all kinds machinations over a couple years trying to train a sapling to grow straight. Just when he thought he finally had growing the way he wanted it to, it got hit by lightening.

  7. don in Mesquite says:

    The “Wonder Bra” for trees. ;0

  8. Geoff K. says:

    @ovrwrkd: Your boss has a spine? Wish mine did… ;^)

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