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I have a 5 year old live oak that blew over during Ike. It fell toward the house. I stood it back up and it seems to be doing fine. I was wondering if the tree will tend to fall the same way when it gets older.
 

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I appreciate that. I have been told that it might create a weak spot and the tree end up on the house down the road.
 

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My brother had one that went over when Alicia came through, we staked it up fertilized and packed top soil around the base. Left it that way for 2 years cut it loose and it made it through Ike. I think it depends on how long it has to set the root system before it is hit again. There was a lot of tree damage in this storm but it would have been worse if the ground would of been saturated before the storm came in.
 

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Split live oak tree

Had a 20 year old 18 inch caliber split right in half and was told to bore hole through and use all thread with large washers/nuts to tighten tree back together. Also told to use more than 1 all thread, better to use 2-3. Never use clamp strap to tighten tree back together as it will kill tree in time but holes in tree will allow it to survive.
 

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I had oak that bent way over during Alicia in 1983 (I think) and I straightened it up sort of. It had a slight lean to it. I thought it gave it character. In any event, it survived Ike. So, I have to agree with howly.
 

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If I were you I would do a few things to help prevent it from falling on your house. It is still a young tree. I would stake it up, use fertilizer sticks around the base to get the roots growing strong fast. Also you might want to pack in some mulch and soil. I am no expert I was just told to do this to a young tree that fell during Ike as well.
 
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