Landscape staples are giant versions of the staples found in your common office stapler. They are used to hold down all manner of landscaping materials such as weed barrier plastic sheets, garden hose, and decorative items. I have also used special made ones for yard sale signs and keeping holiday decorations in place.
These are sold at most any store with landscaping materials. In price checked at my local Wal-Mart and found them to be $4 for an 8 pack of very thin flimsy quality. We will improve!
Step 1: Gather Materials
Growing up on a farm we always had "bailing wire" for many creative practical purposes. I live in town now but wire still has many excellent uses.
It is sold at most hardware stores and farming supply places. Farm stores tend to be cheaper and sell rolls by weight where as hardware stores go by length.
There are also different gauges and finishes. For this project galvanized finish is ideal for rust prevention. In fact galvanized is best for most everything except welding IMHO. Gauges are how thick the wire is...Bigger number thinner wire...Smaller number thicker heavier wire. Many household uses 12 guage is bendable yet strong. If you really need strength #9 wire is really tough stuff but very hard to bend.
For this project I used galvanized 12 guage wire. I got a 10 pound roll for $12.00. I don't know how long it is but at least 30 feet or more.
$12.00 at the big box store here inn town would get you 3 packs of 8 low duty staples. My $12.00 roll of wire will do several hundred if needed and have a quality material left over for other building and repairing projects.
Step 2: Cut Wire
Step 3: Bend Wire
The final two pictures show the wire in a channel in the bending jig that produces a more square shaped staple that us great for plastic sheets, tarps, landscape fabric or flat hoses.
Step 4: No Jig No Problem
Step 5: Staple Stuff to the Ground
Thanks for checking out my staples.