Before I started using the tree staking kits from Tree Frog Environmental Products (formerly Arborguy), I was struggling with antiquated way of staking trees with rope (or cut garden hose), a 2′ wood stake, and a hammer. This way of staking caused all kinds of issues: it was very time consuming. Plus it was hard to get (and maintain) tension on the ropes. Worst of all….it was unsightly. Since switching to Tree Frog’s tree staking kits we prefer this way of staking because the “above ground” kit is a simple process—all of our crewmen can easily install them. The price point is great. And most importantly, they maintain tension and look professional after the tree has been installed.
One more note about Tree Frog’s root ball kit. In 2013 we installed the Tomahawk root ball kit on Wal-Mart project #3067 Norcross, GA. and #3071 Tucker, Ga. The experience was a disaster. We proposed the Tree Frog’s kits but the architect refused to honor them as the Tomahawk was specified on the job. Our vendor misquoted the quantity we needed for each tree and after a long fight with the GC and LA, we ended up losing the battle. We were forced to install the Tomahawk system, at our cost. The Tomahawk stakes were almost as expensive as the trees we installed them on. Plus we didn’t like how they penetrate into the root ball of the tree, potentially causing damage to the root ball and root system. We will never bid on another Wal-Mart job again as long as the Tomahawk kits are specified exclusively.
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