I don't believe you will have success moving the 3" part without
digging out the root ball. You can go higher up (maybe at 2 inches)
and bend that a bit. If you try it, I wouldn't do more than 1 quarter
inch at a time. Stake it, bend it a bit, give it a few months for the
stress to work out, then bend it again.
Put a picture online somewhere and post a link.
I vote for starting with a new planting. Clip a few small budding sprigs
off and dip the ends in Root Tone. Then stick each one in a flower pot with
some sterile soil in it and put a large clear jar over each sprig until
summer comes. Moisten the soil occasionally. If all goes well the sprigs
will grow some roots. Keep them growing in the flower pots until the roots
are fairly developed and can handle transplanting. Eventually you can
transplant them into the ground and fertilize them from time to time. With
good maintenance they will grow better than the mother.
Shifting the tree like you plan will not be to your satisfaction and may
cause long term damage. It does sound pretty comical though so if you
continue with attempting to move the tree, have a neighbor video tape it and
post it on YouTube.
I doubt you'll be able to straighten it without digging out one side;
however, you should be able to bend it easily enough and - given time - you
should be able to get the part above your bending point straight.
If you want to bend it, this is what I would do...
1. Get some 1/2" dacron rope. Not nylon, not hemp, not the floating
2. Dig an angled, 4' deep hole as far away as the tree as possible and set
an 8' 4x4 in it at a 45 degree angle leaning away from the tree. Cut a
notch/groove around the top of the 4x4 maybe 3" from the end.
3. Take a couple of turns of the 1/2" line around the 4x4 in the notch.
Make them loose so that when you tie the ends you have loops about 8" in
diameter that hang
4. Make similar loops around the tree trunk as high up as possible and make
more of them...enough so that when they are pushed together they cover 6-8"
of the trunk so that the stress that will be applied is spread over a larger
area and does no or less injury to the tree..
5. Tie one end of a long length of the 1/2" line to one of the loops -
either those on the tree or those on the post, doesn't matter.
6. Now run your 1/2" line thru the other loops and back. Do it 3-4 times
7. You now have a rudimentary block and tackle with tons of mechanical
leverage...start hauling on the bitter end. The tree WILL bend. Since
there are no sheaves, there will be a lot of friction. That is good as it
enables you to pull on something other than the bitter end and have things
stay put while you then pull out the bitter end. If you happen to have some
blocks, NP in using them, this way saves $$ if you don't have.
8. Once you have bent the trunk as much as possible or practicable, tie off
the bitter end to the block & tackle line parts.
9. Take some smaller line - 1/4" nylon would be good - and use it to whip
together the loops left in #3 & #4 above starting at the part closest to
your rudimentary block and tackle. As you pull this line taut you are
closing the loops and that will bend the trunk a bit more. You may not be
able to totally "whip" the loops which is OK, do as much as possible and tie
off the end of the whipping line.
10. After a month or two, repeat the above and see if you can bend the trunk
a bit more; maybe yes, maybe no...the trunk needs to grow a bit to help hold
it in the bent shape.
You said there were two trunks - don't try to bend both with one setup, do
If you can't bend it as above, let me know and I'll tell you how to rig a
Spanish burton (purchase on purchase) :)
I used a fence Tee post tring to train a redbud sapling. I left it on for
over two years and as soon as I released it the little redbud went right
back to where it wanted to go. I think they have a mind of their own. RM~
PS, I did have a tee post driver, would hate to have to put one in with a
hammer. Good luck.
Screw in a ground anchor at an angle so the cable pulls STRAIGHT in line
with the anchor. Look at how the phone co puts guy wires on their poles.
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Yeah, just imagine! Sheesh!!! :(
It isn't that good of an idea simply because it probably won't work with
very satisfactory results and will take a lot of time by which he could
have a new planting reach nearly the same size. But worry over
liability would be _way_ down the list.
perhaps liability would be down your list.
but your homeowners insurance might not cover intential creation of
such a hazard.
people sue for anything.
would you want a 5 or 10 year case dragging thru the courts?
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