How to prevent Shepherds hooks from tipping over?

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I purchased a Vigoro 84" double Shepherds Hook from Home Depot so I could hang two large baskets of flowers near my patio. Soon after I watered the plants, the hook tipped over. I called our local nursery and was told to put rocks around the base and that should keep the pole erect. Anyone have other solutions?
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  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jun 09, 2018
    I had the same problem - my plants were so large and healthy that the shepherd's crook kept falling over. What I did was build a brace around the bottom with 2X4 (about 8" tall) that I painted black to blend with the crook.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jun 09, 2018
    You can also brace the crook with rebar that is spray painted black and connected to the crook with black zip ties.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jun 09, 2018
    Purchase a third shepherds hook...a single one (or 2 singles) and plant them perpendicular to the double... use zip ties or wire to fasten them together. Use it to hang a bird or hummer feeder or a pretty solar light.
    Because the anchor foot of the new one is at right angles to the double... it will help keep them all from tipping over... you could also pile a couple of large rocks around the bases. for interest.

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Jun 09, 2018
    Get a length of iron pipe that your crook can slide into And have it cut to at least 12-15” long. Whack it into the ground as deep as you can. Slide crook pipe into it. Reinforce the outside a bit for decorative, but now you’re deep into soil To help balance the weight above.
    If piping has to be larger, once crook is in, fill with stones or sand. Concrete would be nice, but only if this is Really a permanent fixture.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 09, 2018
    Drill Hole in Heavy Railway Sleeper or Concrete it in Or Drive it into the ground much further..............