Have you ever needed to hold an irrigation tubing in place, but you did not have garden staples on hand? Do you use dry cleaners frequently and find yourself overflowing with wire hangers? Then, you came to the right place. In this post, I will be sharing with you a DIY project that solves both problems. So read along to learn how to make your garden staples.
Why garden staples?
Garden staples are handy around the garden. Usually, they come in 4 or 6 inches long. Each length is suitable for a particular job. For example, the long ones are great for keeping irrigation tubing in place. The short ones are good for holding row covers or mesh covers tightly to the ground.
What you need to make these garden staples
- Wire hangers
- A wire cutter
- A Measuring tape
- Protective gloves
How to make it
- Wear gloves to protect your hands from cuts.
- Using the wire cutter, cut the neck of the hanger.
- Make a cut in the middle of the long side of the hanger, then on each side of the hook.
- Using pliers, try to bend the piece to make a U shape. You can use an object, like a small brick, to help you make an excellent shape.
- Make one cut in the middle of the long side of the hanger.
- If it is too long, cut any excess to your desired length.
How to use garden staples?
Using garden staples is pretty straightforward. Just hammer the staple into the ground enclosing the material to hold. However, the question is, how many pins do you need for any job?
The amount of staples you need depends on the structure of the soil. For example, securing an object into soft ground will require more pins than attaching it to hard ground. The rule of thumb is to use a pin every foot in soft ground, every three feet in typical ground, and every five feet in hard ground.
Are these staples strong enough?
These staples are good for regular garden jobs, like holding row cover, weed fabric, or irrigation tube down. They are not for heavy-duty jobs such sod work.