Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Anchoring the 35 Dollar Arch

My $35 arch kept falling over. It has no spikes or extra long legs to anchor it to the ground. I know from my experience with the cedar arbor that using plants to anchor structures can be disastrous. I ended up staking the arch to the ground with 100 lb wire and bright yellow stakes.

(The cat is only for scale, I promise)

I stood in the aisle of Home Depot for a good 30 minutes, debating the type of wire to use. I liked the look of wire rope and cable, but they didn’t seem like they could be tied off and Mike and I were stumped by the fasteners. I ended up using 100 lb picture wire because the back of the package had a diagram detailing how to twist and hook the wire to “tie” the end. As a bonus, the wire is almost invisible and sure to trip anyone that doesn’t use the approved entrance into the North Corner.

To further enhance the trip hazard, I wanted the wire tight enough to sing when plucked. First, I fastened the wire to the stake, then Mike pushed the stake almost all the way into the ground and I fastened the wire to the arbor. Finally, Mike stood on the stake to sink it as far as it would go, thus taking any slack out of the wire.

The arbor hasn’t blown over again, but I’m still waiting for my first tripping victim.


Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Hello Kasmira - it's good to know you're still having fun in the garden - even if some of that fun is trying to trip up disobedient strollers!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

2:29 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

So glad to see you posting again, Kasmira!
Smart of you to anchor the arbor so well - too bad for those that don't use it as it is intended to be. lol.

3:24 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Love your arbor!

I had the same problem with my arbor. Luckily my arbor had hollow legs, so I used rebar -- hammered half into the ground then place the hollow legs of the arbor over the top.

6:57 AM  
Blogger Kylee said...

We had the same problem and solved it just like Sylvana did.

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Love the pic.. enjoy your blog.. local boy who does a little gardening and promoting of good garden tools

5:50 PM  
Blogger Chris Bonney 2 said...

Funny, I found this post by Google while searching for help keeping our own garden arch and its ten years' growth of Jasmine vines upright. Winter storms and hurricanes kept tipping it over, despite having its feet firmly planted. Finally solved it by pulling the whole thing out and laying 400 lbs of concrete footings.

8:33 AM  

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