[NAFEX] the best of all garden labels
scott at cs.jhu.edu
Tue May 17 09:09:17 EDT 2011
How do folks attach the labels? I used to use those aluminum ones with the little wire, but many pop off since the wire is small, and the ones that don't pop off can eventually grow all the way into the tree wood where it can't be read. This spring I switched to using UV-rated cable ties stapled to my trees. The idea is the tree can grow all the length of the cable tie before it eats the tag. Here is where I got the idea:
A couple of these have fallen off and I had to re-attach them, but otherwise they are looking good. I used two 1/2" staples with a staple gun to attach each tag. I used 8" ties since my trees are not going to get as big as what this guy is tagging.
On May 17, 2011, at 8:58 AM, John Bunker wrote:
> On our farm, we make labels with vinyl siding. We've tried all sorts
> of other strategies over the decades and none have been satisfactory.
> We score the siding with a utility knife to desired size. Pieces snap
> off easily. We drill holes in the labels and hang them with wire. We
> write on the labels with pencil (NOT sharpie - Sharpie fades). The
> pencil on vinyl will not fade. You can write as much information as
> you like on the label. It won't fade! The labels will last a few
> thousand years - best use of vinyl since the LP. Vinyl siding is
> cheap if you buy it. One length will make a hundred labels or more.
> And, you can often get scrap pieces for free at house job sites.
> John Bunker and Cammy Watts
> Super Chilly Farm
> 167 Turner Mill Pond Rd
> Palermo ME 04354
> On May 17, 2011, at 7:48 AM, Ginda Fisher wrote:
>> <lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu> wrote:
>> On Mon, May 16, 2011 at 2:32 PM, Gérald Tremblay <gerald at quebecemail.com
>> > I use to make my own labels with alluminum from tin can (beer
>> or pepsi).
>> > Cheap and usefull.
>> > I've done that, too - but deer will chew/mangle the thin
>> labels, destroying
>> them,or, at best, making them difficult, if not impossible to read.
>> I'd concurrently maintained an updated orchard map on paper or in the
>> Interesting. My deer are more fastidious. They eat twigs and apples,
>> but haven't yet bothered a tag.
>> I found the ones I bought: alumboss, still sold by AM Leonard, which
>> seems to have two different on-line sites, one with wider selection
>> than the other. But they are expensive, currently about $50 for '2
>> pounds', which is what I bought. I estimate it at about 500 tags and
>> the box will probably last the rest of my life. So I'm happy with
>> the purchase. (perhaps it was cheaper 10 (years ago?)
>> I did write up a text file of what's where at the same time I
>> labeled the trees. That will live on my computer.
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