How to Brace Fruit Tree Branches

Written by gail delaney
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Some years the fruit trees become heavy laden with fruit. You need to find a way to brace up those heavy branches before they break off the tree. When branches are close to the ground it is difficult to mow under and it is easy for bugs to find the delicious ripening fruit. When the branches become too heavy, they cause more stress on the fruit trees. Help lessen the amount of stress so the tree can put more energy into the developing fruit.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2-by-4 boards
  • Saw
  • Scrap boards
  • Hammer or drill
  • Nail or screws
  • Bucket

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut a 2-by-4 board to the length you need. Make sure that you add an extra 2 feet to 3 feet to the length.

  2. 2

    Cut a notch or a V shape at the top in one end of the board. The tree branch will fit into this notch, allowing it to move with the wind. An alternative method is to attach two smaller pieces of wood at the top of the stake in a V shape with nails or screws.

  3. 3

    Dig a hole 2 to 3 feet deep into the ground, below the place where you are going to place the brace. Place the straight end of the brace into the hole and the V cup beneath the heavy branch. Fill the hole back in.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use whatever you have around the house and yard to help support the branches. Old dead tree branches that are the right length will work. Most will have a V shape in them at one end.
  • A five gallon bucket turned upside down will help relieve the stress. You can use two five-gallon buckets stacked on top of each other for a stable support.

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