Pretty Dahlia Stakes: Wonderful idea!

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Pretty Dahlia Stakes

By pirl
September 27, 2015

Many dahlias require staking, but there's a better look than rebar.

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flaflwrgrl
Jul 2, 2014 8:45 PM CST
This is a great idea for staking any plants. Makes a nice little decorative touch too. Thumbs up
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pirl
Jul 2, 2014 8:59 PM CST
Thanks. It does look nice and it serves the purpose without the rebar look. The rebar is solid and strong - just not pretty.
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woofie
Jul 2, 2014 9:20 PM CST
Oh, those are lovely! What a nice idea! I always worry about getting impaled on stakes in the garden (heh, must have been a vampire in a former life?) and I worry about my dogs getting hurt as well. Thanks! Thumbs up
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pirl
Jul 2, 2014 9:23 PM CST
Thank you. Any type of pipe will do and corks (as in wine corks) can be used as well as anything that will fit inside the pipe without dropping through it.
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Cem9165
Jul 2, 2014 9:33 PM CST
This is such a great idea Arlene! Thanks for sharing it. I agree that it's a nice way to add a decorative touch to the garden.
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Jul 2, 2014 9:38 PM CST
Thanks, Annette. It kept me busy during the winter just thinking of what to use on top.
Name: Dianne
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soilsandup
Jul 2, 2014 9:56 PM CST
Great idea! Are the copper pipes you have about 3/4 inch diameter? How did you cut them?
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Jul 2, 2014 10:01 PM CST
I'll measure them tomorrow. Some are more narrow. My husband cut the pipes that required it, not me! I'll ask him what he used but he's asleep now.

Some had been used as pea or cucumber trellises so they didn't need much work.
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 3, 2014 5:36 AM CST
What's really nice about the copper too is that it will last a lifetime, no rust, no rot AND they will all eventually age to a beautiful green patina. It doesn't get any better than that!
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luvsgrtdanes
Jul 3, 2014 6:14 AM CST
What a great idea I tip my hat to you. I love the way they look. Thumbs up Definitly going to try this one nodding
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Dutchlady1
Jul 3, 2014 6:34 AM CST
And you can often get cabinetry knobs cheap at yard sales etc. I too like this idea.
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plantladylin
Jul 3, 2014 7:07 AM CST
Love this article/tip! I don't grow Dahlias but I love, love, love the copper stakes with decorative knobs!
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pirl
Jul 3, 2014 8:24 AM CST
Thanks to all! Just don't buy pointed knobs! They could do more damage than the stakes.
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lovemyhouse
Jul 5, 2014 4:19 PM CST
Hilarious! Yep, I bet you are right, Arlene. Big Grin
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pirl
Jul 5, 2014 7:23 PM CST
Diane - I got one answer! The pipes are mostly 3/4" but a few are 1/2". He can't remember the name of the tool that he used for cutting the copper. He has more of them to do tomorrow. Maybe he'll recall the name when he's using the tool or else I'll just take a photo of it.

Debra - I did see some very pretty pointed ones but resisted the urge to buy them.

Wine stoppers were the ideal answer to decorate this "fence" that once was our asparagus fence but then I moved them to a bigger plot along with new asparagus. Beware! They faded and lost all color.
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jul 6, 2014 6:06 AM CST
You are a smart woman, Arlene. Big Grin
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Dianne
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soilsandup
Jul 6, 2014 4:26 PM CST
Arlene - thanks for the info. Is probably a tube
Cutter that he used.

Hopefully copper thieves don't catch wind of this hint.
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pirl
Jul 6, 2014 7:18 PM CST
He said it's in a cabinet in the garage but can't get to it due to the crowded floor with all kinds of lawn supplies! If it rains tomorrow I'll work on the garage and see if we can locate it. If not, he said he'll buy another one on Tuesday.

We have never had that problem out here, not with churches or house gutters and leaders, nor AC units. We are "remote" in the nicest way!
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Jul 11, 2014 9:34 AM CST
Dianne - this is the tool and it is a tubing cutter, as you said: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200382236_200...

Here he is, hard at work, cutting enough for many more dahlias!
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jul 11, 2014 11:23 AM CST
Thank you for posting the link, Arlene. Thumbs up
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