Staking a leaning apple tree
One of my honeycrisp trees has a serious lean and has gotten worst over the last few years.I'll admit I probably didn't do a very good job with pruning the first few years.I had to fence the trees in with wire mesh circular cages to keep the deer from destroying them.
Scratching my head trying to come up with a way to prop it back up......I thought about those 36 " inch mobile home anchor rods use for hurricane support on each two sides attached to the tree with some heavy cable and maybe a piece of heavy rubber to protect the tree bark from chaffing where the cable wraps around the tree. I could use my winch and my ATV to pull the tree back vertical but I'm worried I might snap the tree or damage the root ball? Any thoughts or suggestions welcome?