hort.net Seasonal photo, (c) 2006 Christopher P. Lindsey, All Rights Reserved: do not copy
articles | gallery of plants | blog | tech blog | plant profiles | patents | mailing lists | top stories | links | shorturl service | tom clothier's archive0
Gallery of Plants
Tech Blog
Plant Profiles
Mailing Lists
    Search ALL lists
    Search help
    Subscription info
Top Stories
sHORTurl service
Tom Clothier's Archive
 Top Stories
New Trillium species discovered

Disease could hit Britain's trees hard

Ten of the best snowdrop cultivars

Plant protein database helps identify plant gene functions

Dendroclimatologists record history through trees

Potato beetle could be thwarted through gene manipulation

Hawaii expands coffee farm quarantine

Study explains flower petal loss

RSS story archive


  • Subject: markers
  • From: "Patti Ensor" <pensor@ritzcom.net>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2008 10:58:36 -0700

I use wooden survey stakes which I buy very cheaply at a hardware store. A friend in another state orders hers from a local prison workshop.

In the garden, I use a Craftsman heavy duty stapler to staple a Coles Aluminum Identification tag on one side and on the other side I staple a plastic mini-blind.

On the mini-blinds I found that, in my climate, the writing using a permanent paint pen lasts much longer than a Sharpie permanent marker.

I use the mini-blinds because they are easy to find and cheap, but even more importantly, they are easy to read at a distance (standing upright). The aluminum ID tag is a backup to the writing on the miniblind and I like being able to have a tag to view on both sides.

We have a lot of snow and periodic rain, but the survey stakes last several years. Because they are thicker they tend not to rot, but eventually all wood does.

I'm sure longevity depends upon the type of wood used in your area. Watch out for knots in the wood - the stapler doesn't work on a knot.

You can also buy weather-resistant labels for metal markes at many paper product stores. Presby Memorial Gardens uses these. I don't remember whether they make the labels with an inkjet or laser printer. If I used metal markers I'd go this route as these labels are easy to read while standing.
To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the

Other Mailing lists | Author Index | Date Index | Subject Index | Thread Index

 © 1995-2017 Mallorn Computing, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
Our Privacy Statement