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  • From: Don Yellman <>
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  • Subject: [NAFEX] Branch Spreaders
  • Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2003 15:43:58 -0400


I have had pretty good luck making branch spreaders from hardwood dowels or garden stakes, with nails driven into the ends then cut off with a lineman's pliers. If the nails tend to split the ends, they can be pre-drilled, or you can try a smaller nail. The wood can be cut to any desired length, and the nails, which are inserted firmly into the limb, never seem to be resented by developing trees. They will hold their place through very high winds, and they will last for many years.

Don Yellman, Great Falls, VA

  • [NAFEX] Branch Spreaders, Don Yellman, 04/27/2003

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