By Nikki Tiley
(Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden)
So I got to try out this nifty gardening product from Aire Plastics that’s specifically designed to provide support to trees and other plants in the garden. The Tree~N~Garden Stake is fairly new and somewhat different than your ordinary staking products. At first glance, you may wonder how they’re supposed to hold up to the abuse Mother Nature can sometimes inflict. But don’t let this sway you from trying them. They’re actually more useful than you might think.
Before I get into my experience with these interesting garden supports, here’s a little information about the product itself. First off, the Tree~N~Garden Stakes are made in the USA, and are both tough and sturdy enough to withstand strong winds. They’re made from heavy-duty, recycled ABS plastic – which means they exhibit excellent impact resistance, good strength and stiffness. ABS plastic doesn’t break down easily or leach anything into food, water or soil. So if you’re worried about using these stakes on fruit trees or around other edibles in the garden, don’t be. Tree~N~Garden Stakes are perfectly safe.
These garden supports can be used again and again too. This is definitely a plus, as many of your average plant stakes, especially those wooden ones, don’t hold up well to the weather, rotting or breaking, so if you’re looking to use them again the following year, no such luck. Because these are made of durable plastic, there’s no worrying about a sudden gust of wind snapping them in two or prolonged rains causing them to rust or rot.
Now that you know a little more about them, on with my assessment of the product. When I received my sample, I read the instructions for using them. Tree~N~Garden Stakes are said to be easy to set up and install, even in loose soil. I went out to survey the garden pondering on which trees or plants to add this support. Unfortunately, I really didn’t have anything but remembered their claim that the stakes can be used for many things…
Although I have a young purple-leaf plum tree that tends to bend over when it rains since it holds lots of water in its foliage, I decided to forgo using my Tree~N~Garden Stakes for this. Why, you ask. As luck would have it, rain was in the forecast and it was fairly obvious reading reviews that this product seems to work well at supporting trees. Thinking outside the box, as I often do, I wanted to go one step further and test their previously mentioned claim of having other uses.
My test…the hanging bird feeder. I have a bird feeder hanging on a tall shepherds hook. It’s pushed into the ground well but, try as I may, the thing refuses to stay put during windy conditions – which we have a lot of due to severe storms in my neck of the woods (the Southeast). I mean, if it works for trees, why not this too? Armed with my handy-dandy Tree~N~Garden Stakes, I installed the supports in the ground per the instructions. Remember that rain in the forecast? It turned out to be another storm system (big surprise) with strong wind gusts but, amazingly, it held up well. I have since had no issues with my feeder falling over as of yet. I have to say, I’m impressed.