handyman stakesThis is a common sense handyman job: using stakes to hold drip emitters in place. You’ve checked the emitters and water is coming out.

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How many times have you seen plants dying due to lack of water? “How can that be? The drip emitters are working!” Maybe they are working. To keep the plant alive and healthy, the drip emitter must be delivering the water to the root ball. I can’t tell you how often this happens.

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Instead of using stakes to hold the drip emitter in place, some people will just scoop landscaping rock, or mulch, or whatever is nearby onto the drip line to hold it in place. It usually doesn’t last though. Whether it is neighborhood kids, or pets, or pests, the emitter will end up in the wrong place and the plant will die soon after.

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Save yourself some aggravation and buy a pack of stakes. They are cheap and will save you from replacing your dead plants. You don’t even need any tools. At the top of the stake are various sizes of cutouts that allow you to place the drip line. Push the drip line into the top of the stake and push the stake into the ground. Make sure the emitter is where you want it. They are easy to adjust if you need to adjust them.

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