Stakes For Zone 3
How to Plant Live Stakes
After you have made your live stake and selected an appropriate place to plant, you may begin the application process by planting it. To do this, you will need to angle the sharper end of the stake towards the ground, and simply apply pressure. Your goal is to get the bottom two or three nodes into the earth. You will want to have a node that is partially visible through the soil because it will maximize stability of the stake.
The use of outside materials may be needed if the ground does not permit your live stake to freely sink to your desired depth. If this happens to be the case, all you will need is a rebar pole and a hammer. Simply hammer the rebar pole into the ground, and create a hole that fits your desired length. You must then remove the rebar pole, and replace it with your live stake.
After your live stake has been successfully planted into the ground, you will need to tightly pack the soil around it. This will ensure that your stake remains stable in harsh conditions. You may find it beneficial to pack the ground around it tightly so that you eliminate any underground air deposits that would interfere with the growth of the stake’s roots.
After the first few months of the planting and application process, it is important that you check up on your live stake. You will frequently be checking to make sure that it is alive and growing well. If you planted it in a forested area, you might find it necessary to mark your live stake after you've planted it. Orange tape, paint, or ribbon serves as an excellent marker that will help you locate your live stake in the future.