DIY Plant Labels

You can recycle the plastic stakes that lawn-maintenance companies leave in customers’ yards by turning them into simple, DIY plant labels.

DIY Plant Labels

The plastic stakes that lawn maintenance companies leave in yards can double as plant labels in the garden.

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Many lawn-maintenance companies in my area place plastic stakes in the ground to notify homeowners that they visited, conducted a treatment, etc. I’ve found a creative way to reuse these stakes, which would otherwise be thrown away.

I collect the old plastic stakes from my neighbors and I upcycle them into DIY plant labels for my garden. Because they’re designed to hold a small sign, all I have to do is create a label and insert it into a stake’s existing slot. The stakes are the right length (approximately 16 inches) to stay deep enough in the ground that they don’t lean. If they’re too long, I can easily trim them.

Robert J. Rhodes
Suffolk, Virginia