Should I stake a newly planted tree?
Staking is not required for most newly planted trees. However, large trees and those planted in windy, exposed sites may require staking. If staking is necessary, allow the trunk to move or sway for proper trunk and root development. To prevent damage to the trunk, use strong, wide strips of canvas, rubber, or other materials to support the tree. Remove the stakes as soon as possible. In most cases, stakes should be removed after one growing season.