Staking trees is beneficial if planting in a windy location. If only using one stake, place it on the side the wind usually comes from (generally the west or north west). If using two stakes, place them across from each other. Place the stake 10” – 14” away from the young tree. Use a piece of rubber garden hose as a cushion between the tree and the wire. Do not put the stake right up against the tree because the tree will get scarred by the stake during wind movement and because the tree will not develop tissue strength to resist wind in the future.