Asked on Jun 17, 2017

How do I keep the shepherd's hook from falling over?

When the ground is wet the weight of the hanging plant pulls the shepherd's hook down
  22 answers
  • Carole Triplett Brooks Carole Triplett Brooks on Jun 17, 2017

    you can put a large decorative rock on the side that "pins" into the ground.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jun 17, 2017

    I have the SAME problem. My hubby bought a double shepherd's hook accidently. We decided to keep it and bought 2 containers of wave petunias. I put them up and they looked so pretty. Then I watered them - the next time I looked the whole thing was on the ground. We were talking about it today and we are going to try using metal ground stakes and wire around the stand. Hopefully, that will work but if anyone has any other ideas, I'm all ears (well, actually eyes.)

  • Donna Keske-Howard Donna Keske-Howard on Jun 17, 2017

    One option I use is to cement the shepherd's hook into the ground.

  • Nena Hodges Nena Hodges on Jun 17, 2017

    You could pour concrete in a whole about 6" deep. Put the rod down into the concrete then let it harden around it.

  • Diane GAUDENZI Diane GAUDENZI on Jun 17, 2017

    Dig a hole where the shepherd's hook will stay, mix up some cement and pour in hole, a couple inches say 3 or 4 inches from the top and then sink the shepherd's hook in;. let dry totally, at least 24 hours. Cover the cement with topsoil or mulch and throw grass seed, or plant seed, or just whatever you choose. The shepherd's hook will stay anchored.

    • Diane Diane on May 11, 2020

      Hi ! I was looking for this idea. I've seen another person who had something similar. I was wondering how thick would I need to make the cement ? So part of the shepherd's hook will be going into the dirt under the cement ? My ground is very hard, and I'm worried it won't go in at all. ha

  • Ann M Ann M on Jun 18, 2017

    I had the same problem. I also had the cross bottom of one completely break off. So we took the broken one placed it cross wise over the one in the grounf and now it doesn't move at all. I know that doesn't help if you don't have a broken piece but maybe some other type of heavy metal that had "legs" would work.

  • Laura Laura on Jun 19, 2017

    Drive a pressure treated 2X4 (sharpened) into the ground alongside the pole. Drive in almost ground level. attach the pole to the 2x4

  • Mary Gendron Mary Gendron on Jun 22, 2017

    I've got an easier solution. My son had weights from bar bell equipment. They all have holes in the middle to fit on the bar. They haven't been used in years, and taking up room. My husband now uses them to hold tent poles in place, where he put up a tarp. He stacked a bunch and inserted the pole. It's not going anywhere. Your plant hanger could fit something similar, and you can move it or take it in during the winter. Years ago we had some old heavy lamp that had marble basses. (They were the ugliest lamps I ever saw). Eventually we took them apart and now pieces of the lamp are in our flower garden. They also had holes in them and the weight keeps the the pots from tipping over. You can probably find similar idets at flea markets or yard sales. Good luck.

  • Kristy Champion Kristy Champion on Sep 09, 2018

    I'm having this problem now. All these suggestions have been very helpful! I might try the concrete, but that's scary because it would be hard to "undo" if I changed my mind on location. Love the weights idea. Was using a large rock to prop it in direction it falls, but then it just fell in another direction. Seems I'm cursed! :-)

    • Bil71039225 Bil71039225 on Jun 25, 2023

      If you use a pot (cement in pot, shepherd’s hook in the cement), you can move the pot when necessary .

      but regardless, if you put cement into the ground, it means you dug a hole and “planted” the cement/shepherd’s hook i to the hole. To undo, simply dog up the cement like digging up a plant. Unlike a fence post, the cement doesn’t need to be big or deep, so shouldn’t be hard to undo .

  • Carol Gonzales Carol Gonzales on Apr 09, 2019

    I’m thinking of buying a couple of resin pots and using cement in the pots to anchor the hooks, I will be able to move the pots where I want, I’m hoping they will be heavy enough that wind won’t blow them over, even thinking of only putting cement in half the pot and soil in the other half but not sure about draining after watering

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    • Cheryl shollack Cheryl shollack on Feb 21, 2023

      Put a plastic or other liner pot inside your cemented pot, so you can drain the water

  • Beth Beth on May 04, 2019

    Sue, you can stick your shephard's hook in a small bucket of quikrete and then plant the bucket. The combination of the quikrete and its being planted will keep it upright, and it won't be that much trouble to dig it up and move it should you choose to do so.

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    • Cheryl shollack Cheryl shollack on Feb 21, 2023

      Great idea

  • James Brewer James Brewer on Jun 23, 2019

    I drove 2 2x2 stakes, one on either side of the mast of the shepherd's hook, and then used heavy duty zip ties to keep it all in line. It has been like that for several years and not fallen over again.

  • Clara Clara on Jun 26, 2020

    I was thinking to secure the shepherds hook to the railing post of my balcony. What can I use?

  • Scott A Taylor Scott A Taylor on Feb 12, 2021

    Check out the the non leaning shepherd hook made by Hang Tuff. These wont lean.

  • Place a piece of pipe deep in the ground and place the hook down in it for support

  • Evelyn Evelyn on Nov 26, 2021

    Get a piece of 48” rebar. Wait until after a good soaking rain so the ground/soil/clay is soft. Hammer the rebar 2 feet into the ground. Wire or multi-ziptie the shepherd’s hook to the rebar then spray it black to match the shepherd’s hook. The shepherd’s hook will be removable and the rebar can be sawed off level with the ground if needed. Don’t bother trying to pull out the rebar. Ain’t gonna happen.

  • Sda65081200 Sda65081200 on May 21, 2022

    Cement it, but the staff will still rock with the wind. Now I have to figure how to keep the staff from rocking.

  • Cheryl shollack Cheryl shollack on Feb 21, 2023

    Put big rocks on both sides

  • Cheryl shollack Cheryl shollack on Feb 21, 2023

    Get a large cool looking tree stump, drive the shepherd hook into it.

    I was trying to hammer mine in with a steel mallet and using a block of wood in between the hammer and the shepherd hook but it's too tall for me to get leverage to hit it. So I guess bring a step ladder out to get height, then drive it into the ground. I can't really do the cement. I can't lift big rocks.

    I live in an apartment. The lawn service uses riding mowers and hits my shepherd hooks and breaks them. They are expensive to replace. Any suggestions?

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 21, 2023

    Bury the end of the hook in concrete to weight it down.

  • Christine McCray Christine McCray on May 27, 2023

    Type in shepard hook stabalizer and there are other options besides concrete

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 01, 2023

    Use extra anchors (J hooks) or cement it in place.