Some experts recommend that you stake trees only for the first year after planting. Other experts recommend not staking at all. Most trees develop strong trunks faster if allowed to move freely with the wind. Sometimes newly planted trees are staked if they have a small root ball compared to their size, are heavily foliaged, or are planted on a windy site. In any case, remove the stakes from your trees as soon as they can stand alone, usually after the first growing season. The sooner the supports are removed, the faster the trees will become stronger.