Staking Trees

What is this about?

Do I need to stake trees? When is staking recommended?
staking damage
                                                    Damage caused by wire-in-hose staking left on 2 years

What are the potential drawbacks of staking?
What are the current recommendations? Where can I get more information?

Ed Gillman, "Tree Staking Systems."  For other information, advice and help on this topic, call offices of your State Urban Forestry Coordinator or University Extension service, or visit urban forestry web sites.