Buy wooden or metal stakes that are
about 1/3 the height of your tree, plus at least 1 1/2
feet to be sunk into the ground. If
your stakes are longer than 8 feet, 25 percent of the total length
should be below ground.
Drive the stakes into either side of the hole before you
set in the tree.
Secure the tree to the stakes with broad, soft straps or
lengths of hose. Do not use wire around the trunk, even if it's threaded
inside pieces of hose; it can cut into the young trunk and cause
Fasten the straps tightly to the stakes and very loosely
to the tree. There should be enough slack so that the tree can move up
to 2 inches in every direction. If the trunk can't move, it won't grow
in girth and will remain unstable.
Remove the stakes and ties within a year after planting.