Planting trees in regions with heavy winds?
I've been on my property for 9 years and have been planting trees since day one. It was previously a hayfield and is surrounded by hay fields.
Often in the afternoon we get heavy winds.
I sometimes stake young trees and gradually loosen once established after first season as I know they need to harden up naturally.
What I'm finding is when they get bigger (8' +/-) and a little branching, they start rocking back and forth, trunk coming loose from rootball.
I have some Juglans species that were never staked from 2' grafts. Now 8' they are coming loose. Some of the fruit trees lean into wind.
I feel a stake at this large size will stop it from actually establishing? Bigger it gets.....it'll just need a bigger stake? I don't want to have to babysit a small forest here.
Any ideas how to handle this? My soil is clay-peat-silt, not a huge amount of organic matter.