Live Stakes are typically long hardwood cuttings that are planted outside. It is essential that these live stakes be stored in a cool, dark, and moist area. It is also recommended to cover these in burlap. Using these stakes is a great way to naturally restore an area. They are typically planted near shore lines or streams. The best stakes to plant are typically willows and red osier dogwood. The reasoning is that these are easy to grow and the root strength in these is great.