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Wednesday
Oct282009

Duct Tape in the Garden

Image courtersy of freeshipping.comOne of the most versatile products in one's tool box is a roll of duct tape. Although many do-it-your-selfers have used it cleverly to solve numerous maintenance problems around the home, it never occurred to me to use duct tape to mend a leak in a garden hose. That’s the advice I gathered from the December 2009 edition of Garden Gate Magazine. In addition, there is a suggestion in this publication to use duct tape to facilitate the harvesting of ornamental grasses without creating a mess.

Bundle the grasses using tightly wrapping tape. Secure the tape by ensuring that one end of the duct tape overlaps the other. Duct tape will not stick to grass but it will stick to itself. Then, shear down the grass below the duct tape at about six inches from the ground. This step, which may be arduous for some, will require gaz operated shears, a chain saw or a hand saw. Don’t even consider using pruning shears or a manual hedge clipper because a bundle of ornamental grass has the density of wood. Carry the neatly wrapped bundle to a compost or garbage heap. Now cut the overlapped duct tape to release the grass.

While this maintenance chore may be done in the fall, most gardeners wait until the end of winter. Dried ornamental grasses, with their magnificent plumes, add dramatic visual interest to the garden from fall until spring.