Because of high wind, a lot of trees are prone to leaning and even falling down sometimes. This is why if you’re caring for a few trees, and depending on where you live, you might have to learn how to straighten a tree every now and then.
High winds aren’t the only reason behind the leaning of these trees, it could be a lot of other reasons as well such as heavy rain, snowing, and wet soil.
Although there’s nothing wrong with a leaning tree, and the fact it is leaning doesn’t make it any less healthy than its straight counterparts.
But leaving a tree in that position for too long will risk it to fall down unexpectedly, especially if the soil isn’t strong enough and the winds are usually violent in your area.
As you can see in the picture below, this tree is quite the big tree to just leave it leaning like that, which is why Heartwood had to straight it back in 2016.
Because of the wet weather and wet soil during the spring, all it took was a little bit of wind for it to lean to its side. As you can see, no tree is safe from leaning as this is a 30-inch tree and it wasn’t spared.
Depending how severe the lean and conditions of the tree are, it may or may not be possible for you to save it from its situation.
If you notice that the roots of the tree are starting to show, and that the tree is leaning too much, then there is probably nothing you can do to put it back straight into the ground.
Highlight the word “probably” in the previous paragraph because even though this tree was in a horrible condition, it was still healthy nonetheless.
How To Straighten A Tree In Easy Steps
The whole process isn’t very complicated, and you should be able to pull it off by yourself if you follow the steps correctly.
First, you rig one rope through a pulley and attach one end to the spruce, and the other to the poplar and you set up a 5:1 mechanical system in order to help lift the tree into position.
The 5:1 is the short yellow rope that you can see above the dropping orange rope.
By doing this, you create super-human strength in order to pull the tree straight. As 5:1 suggests, it multiplies your strength by 5 times, allowing you to pull the tree with no struggle.
After doing this, the tree should now be standing straight up. It is now time to install 3 polly ropes to hold it in place. 2 of those ropes should go to posts that are pounded deep into the ground.
This should help the tree stay as stable as possible on both sides. And the last rope should be attached to the poplar trunk that also happens to be the main support of the spruce.
Then, you need to find something that is sturdy enough to give the tree the support it needs in order to stay in position and not be moved by high winds again.
In this case, a very sturdy tree happened to be around. The tree was vital to the operation as it was far more trustworthy than the 2 other posts that were pounded into the ground.
If you’re going to be straightening a tree of this size, then you will have to keep the ropes attached to the posts and the tree for at least a few years.
In order to make sure the tree isn’t going to be falling or leaning back again, all you have to do is check its intensity every few months. In order to do a good stability test, you can let one rope out and see what happens to the tree.
If you notice it leaning quickly put the rope back where it was.
If the tree doesn’t budge after letting go of one rope, then that could mean that its roots are now deep enough to hold it in position.
You can then slowly start removing the ropes, but make sure you don’t remove them all at once. One by one over the period of a few months, just be sure nothing goes wrong.
We hope this article was beneficial for you and we wish you best of luck fixing your leaning tree! Be safe!