Pretty Dahlia Stakes

Posted by @pirl on
Many dahlias require staking, but there's a better look than rebar.

For years I tried using bamboo stakes, wood stakes, even fiberglass stakes, but it always risked my eyesight, with the top of every stake holding a strong possibility for injury.

We had many leftover pieces of copper piping from our former vegetable garden and over the winter I came up with the idea of using cabinetry knobs for the tops of the stakes. I implemented the idea last week and I'm very happy with the results. No danger of getting an eye injury like this:
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Here are a few examples of the new and improved copper dahlia stakes:

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Ideally, each stake is pounded into place by using a dead blow hammer before actually planting the tuber. This eliminates the damage to the tuber that could occur if the stakes were placed after planting the dahlia tubers.

Comments and discussion:
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Wonderful idea! by flaflwrgrl Sep 28, 2015 6:16 PM 42
Dahlia Stakes by bunkburn Jul 6, 2014 1:14 PM 1

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