Get your garden ready for autumn
Before you start staking your plants, it's important to choose the right kind of ties. Soft ties are ideal for gentler plants. Chain ties are suitable for small trees on a stake, like roses because they grow fast and can be easily adjusted as the branches grow and expand. Fabric ties are ideal for most plants. We're using fabric ties for our lemon tree because they give it the right amount of support but also the flexibility to move and grow.
To decide where the stake will go, have a look at the plant to see which way it is leaning. This is especially important in windy areas. If the plant is leaning to the left or the wind is blowing to the left, put the stake on the right side of the plant to help it grow straight. It's best to put your stake in when you're planting the tree, while the soil is soft, so that you don't damage the roots.
Use the hammer to drive the stake into the ground so that it's 30 to 40 centimetres deep. Give it a good hit so that it's nice and firm. If the stake has splinters, wear gloves when hammering it in.
If your tree is tall, it may need more than one tie to secure it to the stake and to keep it growing straight. Repeat the above step to secure the ties. Check on your plants regularly, and add additional ties when they grow. Add the ties about 15-20 centimetres apart. Make sure you secure the tie to the stake and not the plant.