New cedar elm blew over in high winds
I have a cedar elm that's probably 2" caliper or so. It was grown in a grow bag and when they planted it (in January) it had a beautiful huge fibrous root system. I live in North Texas and it was settling in well, we've had a nice moist winter/spring so I didn't have to water it much at all and it (unfortunately) had just leafed out about 2 weeks ago. The tree farm it came from doesn't like to stake and I was OK with that because I know there are pros and cons and it was nice and strong, had not been staked while at the farm.
On Monday we sustained winds of 25-35 mph all day. I came home early around 3 and the tree had blown over to about 30 or 40 degrees off vertical. We managed to get it pulled back upright and used some T-posts as stakes and guy wired it using some wire which we ran through an old soaker hose (best we could do at the time). A few small branches snapped off but overall it seems to be OK. I'm sure it lost any new roots it had been trying to put out but obviously it won't do much good to worry too much about that.
We got about 5" of rain in a 12 hr period, so I don't think I need to worry about watering it back in ;-).
So now the question is, what do I do with it going forward?
I know I need to get our temporary stuff off to be sure I don't damage it but we have a long and windy spring ahead of us out here on the blackland prairie, so I'm sure it will need some support.
What do you recommend? Do some of the methods of staking the root ball rather than the trunk actually work?
I'd appreciate any advice.