Step-by-step: staking hanging plants

Step-by-step: staking hanging plants

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In summer, some plants are so prolific that they sometimes bend under their own load of flowers. A bit like fruit trees, which are then given a helping hand by coming to put props under their branches to help them bear fruit until harvest time. In the same vein, a tutor is essential for these beautiful with rich flowers! Asters, cosmos, hollyhocks, delphiniums and even dahlias are among the varieties with strong development which may require outside help to keep their appearance. Especially when bad weather gets involved and has fun sweeping and weighing down their branches! To allow them to keep all their outfit, we offer you a free and 100% natural creation by making a structure based on simple branches assembled using the pleating technique. For information, know that there are commercially available alternatives such as metal stakes in the form of a grid between the meshes of which you will pass the heads of your flowers. Their disadvantage, in addition to the price (count ten euros for the first models), is that they do not adapt to the height of the plant. Telescopic models answer this problem, but their cost is higher. If your desire is to make your own structure, know that you can give free rein to your inspiration, for example by using concrete irons, wire mesh fixed to the amounts of your choice ... You can even divert everyday objects like a curtain rod for example!
Difficulty : average Cost : free Tools required : - Branchages (chestnut, hazel, willow ...) - Pruning shears or branch cutters (ideally rack-and-pinion) - Pruning hook - Mallet

Step 1: Pick the branches

Hazelnut and chestnut are two popular woods for this type of creation. In practice, almost all species are suitable provided that they take straight and thin sections. In the case of this realization, we needed 5 stakes (average thickness of 3 to 4 cm) and a dozen transverse branches (average thickness of 1 to 2 cm).
The hazelnut, willow and laurel harvest.
Remove the branches. To do this, protect your hands by wearing gloves.
And There you go ! The raw material is ready.

Step 2: Prepare the stakes

The stakes have a slightly larger diameter than the transverse branches. There are 5 of them, knowing that pleating operations require an odd number of structures. In the case of stakes, it can be dry wood because the flexibility offered by green branches is not useful here. First, put a stake in a position to measure the height required to support the plants. Add about fifteen centimeters for the underground part.
Cut the 5 stakes at the same height. For this stage, a pruning shears or a branch cutter is appreciated because it offers better cutting power.
Before placing, prune the ends to facilitate their planting.

Step 3: Plant the stakes

Start with the stakes at the ends. Use a mallet to hammer them into the ground.
If the stems of the plant bother you during work, temporarily keep them back with a branch or a link.
Once the two stakes of the ends fixed, place the following on the ground to simulate their planting, making sure to have the same spacing between each. No need for a meter here, this type of measurement can be assessed with the naked eye.
It only remains to grasp the mallet again to fix the remaining stakes!

Step 4: Perform the plessage

Make a first connection to the base of stakes, alternating: a passage on the front of the stake, the next on the back.
Continue with a second branch, in reverse order to create and block the drawing: front, back, front ...
At this stage, the imagination dictates the game: choice of varieties and color of branches, position and number of transverse branches used ... It is according to his tastes and desires of the moment! At a minimum, pleat at the two ends of the stakes to strengthen the structure's hold. On this type of achievement, there is no need to bend over the whole height because it is just a matter of creating a structure which, however pretty it may be, should not steal the show from the flowers it is intended to maintain!

Step 5: Complete the finishes

Once all the branches in place, finish the work by cutting the ends 10 cm from the last stake.
It's finish ! Significant advantage: you can now safely pass the mower!