Plant Protectors

5 Materials
1 Hour
Necessity is the mother of invention. I've heard that before and now I know what it means.
Dragging out the hose for watering can be a big pain! Rounding corners takes it's toll on unsuspecting plants and bushes. It's not their fault that they can't run!
This poor lavender plant - getting cut off at the soil.
On the other side of the driveway is another bush getting hose-wacked.
Another before photo.
I had two fire pit stakes from our old camping days. I knew if I kept them long enough they'd come in handy.
First I used the stakes for support in order to paint two 1" diameter PVC pipes that I already had. The stakes were stuck in the soil just deep enough to stay vertical. I then laid a length of old wood on the grass at the base in order to keep the pipes off the ground and they could be painted all the way to the bottom. After sliding the PVC pipes over the stakes the pipes were painted with Krylon spray paint.
Using a hack saw, I cut the PVC pipes in half so they weren't so tall. I will use two in the front and two in the back of the house.
Using a heavy mallet (no photo), the stakes were pounded in and then the PVC pipe was slid down over them. The PVC spins on the stakes and allows the hose to glide around without friction.
Here you can see both stakes being utilized in the front. No more bush/plant destruction! If you wanted them to be more inconspicuous, just paint them green instead. I wanted them to show up so they weren't hit with the mower or snow shovels.

The best part of the project? Everything I used I already had.
Suggested materials:
  • Metal stakes   (already had)
  • 1" PVC pipe   (already had)
  • Krylon spray paint   (already had)
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  • Wendy Wendy on Aug 05, 2018

    That's smart!!

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Aug 06, 2018

    As soon as you explained why the pipe was red, I agreed about how good this would be to protect the plastic rain gutter on the ground near the garage. And the solar lights that keep getting chopped down with the weed eater. Thanks for this idea. I’m sure you will find many more uses for the fire pit stakes. Best wishes ☺️