Have you ever staked a recently transplanted tree to prevent it from blowing over in a storm? Staking, guying, and root ball anchoring systems are commonly used to prevent post-transplant tree destabilization in the landscape, but little scientific evidence exists to support this practice. Weathering the Storm presents the most comprehensive, in-depth look into the current use of tree stabilization systems throughout the United States. Alvey reviews her research performed at Virginia Polytechnic Institute that begins to answer the questions, 1. Do tree stabilization systems actually work? and 2. How do tree stabilization systems affect a tree's above- and below-ground growth? After reading, you will look at landscape trees and wind in a whole new light. This is a must-read for every arborist and landscape practitioner!
Alexis is able to share her passion for trees as the Nursery and Landscape Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension. She is a graduate of both Cornell University and Virginia Tech, and has previously worked as a professional arborist. Alexis resides on Long Island, NY, with her love, Kevin, and her family.