Have you ever found yourself in need 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? 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 own garden staples.
Why garden staples?
Garden staples very useful around the garden. Usually, they come in 4 or 6 inches long. Each length is good for a certain job. The long ones are great to keep 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 glove to protect your hands from cuts.
- Using the wire cutter, cut the neck of the hanger.
To make short staples
- Make cuts at the middle of the long side of the hanger. Then a cut on each side of the hanger.
- Using pliers, try to ben the piece to make a U shape. You can use an object, like a small brick, to help you make a nice shape.
To make a long staple
- Make one cut at the middle of the long side of the hanger.
- This is all you need to do to make a long staple. If it is too long just 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 staples do you need for any job?
The amount of staples you need depends on the structure of the soil. Securing an object into a soft soil will require more staples than securing it to hard soil. The rule of thumb is to use a staple every one foot in soft soil, every three feet in normal soil, and every five feet in hard soil.
Are these staples strong enough?
These staples are strong to do regular garden jobs, like holding row cover, weed fabric, or irrigation tube down. They are not for heavy-duty jobs such sod work.