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.

| April/May 2015

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

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