Young Honey Locust Trees Are Leaning Over From Heavy Growth

Question From: Holmen, Wisconsin, United States
Q: We live in La Crosse, Wi. Two years ago we purchased a bare root tree that was about 8' tall and about 1" in dia. No problems the first year. This year after the leaves appeared the top portion of the tree started to bend over. The tree seems top heavy with an abundance of leaves. I have tried to support it with ropes and stakes, but with any winds it will sway and loosen the support ropes and lean over again. Am I concerned about nothing? Is there another method to support this tree so it will grow straight?

A: A better idea would be to shorten some of the longer branches, thereby taking some of the weight off the trunk. I'd get the advice of a professional as to how much to take off. To find a certified arborist in your area go to Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy