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ron6283
Jan 9, 2018 8:18 AM CST
When i follow directions and put plastic cover on and hit with hammer spike crumples.Is there a reason spikes are dry or could it be out of date and too old?
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greene
Jan 9, 2018 8:44 AM CST
I usually make a hole with my metal pry bar, then just push the spikes into the hole. No hammer required.
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Jan 9, 2018 9:17 AM CST
Do you find them effective?
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Leftwood
Jan 9, 2018 10:56 AM CST
The spikes are suppose to be dry, and as long as the spikes are dry, they do not get old. A moist spike is not rigid enough to push (or tap into) in the soil. The soil itself can't be hard, so it should be moist soil. However in Florida, I think your soil will be very sandy so it won't matter. But there could always be batches of product that are defective or not produced properly. Making a hole first with a stronger utensil as greene suggests is an easy fix. You could try the Miracle-Gro brand, but I don't think it will be any better.

Home Depot has a good product satisfaction policy: if you're not happy with it, you can return it, even if there is nothing wrong. You bought the spikes in good faith. If you want to try all the spikes in the bag before you return them, you could even do that, but you would also want to gather up the remnant crumbles to prove you are not trying to cheat the company (i.e. using the product and return nothing to get money back).
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DaisyI
Jan 9, 2018 11:11 AM CST
I don't use them. All the nutrients released from the spikes are concentrated in a couple areas of the root system. So, if you have a 4 inch tree trunk, you are supposed to plant 4 tree spikes, 2 feet from the trunk and 3 feet apart. I don't think the nutrients from the tree spikes will travel that far from where they were placed so you have a lot of fertilizer in just 4 places and none anywhere else. Tree roots feed the part of the canopy directly above them so 4 parts of the canopy are getting too much fertilizer and the rest of the canopy none at all.
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Name: greene
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greene
Jan 9, 2018 11:13 AM CST
My local independent garden store buys them in bulk. They were so inexpensive that I bought some to try. Have no clue if they helped or harmed the trees. It was a one-time thing for me. Normally, I toss some compost around and let the rain soak the nutrients into the soil.
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