PAwildernessadvocate wrote:I will want to leave it staked for at least another growing season. Ideally I should probably leaved it staked through the 2014 growing season as well, but I'll probably just take it off about this time next year and leave it at that.
So 2016 is now the fifth growing season since the bear attack on my Douglas-fir tree. I still have it staked. I will probably take the stake off late this fall. This makes me a little nervous because the tree still seems a little wobbly in the ground. I'm not sure the root system has entirely recovered.
In both 2013 and 2014 the leader and other new growth died, and I had to steer side branches both years to become new leaders. Light wooden dowel with twisty-ties to hold it in place through the end of each growing season.
It still has the appearance of being a little bit spindly and not particularly vigorous. But it is now fifteen feet tall or more, and at least the last two years no new growth has failed or died off like in the first two years after the attack.
I hope it lives after I take the plunge and remove the stake!