Gardening Tricks That Work: zip ties are the new duct tape

Posted by on March 18, 2014

Zip tie Gardening With Confidence®

The Love Shack zip ties Gardening With Confidence®

The use of zip ties in my garden is so common place, that I almost overlooked mentioning it as a gardening trick that works. I’ve used zip ties anywhere from securing the Love Shack in place before putting in the screws to permanently secure it to training a vine. 

Zip ties are to a garden that duct tape was to an old Chevy. (What? You never held a piece of old chrome in place on your old car with duct tape?)

Zip ties come in various lengths and colors, and can be connected to make longer, if you need to. I buy mine at Lowes Home Improvement Store.


Here are 25 GREAT uses of zip ties in the garden:

1) Holding something in place so you can get things lined up

2) Hanging garden/fairy/winter lights in the tree

3) Hanging balls

4) Trellising vines

5) Securing stems when making wreaths

6) Make tomato cages out of cattle wire. Roll it in a circle, and  secure with zip ties

7) Making balls by securing two wire hanging baskets and wrapping with twinkle lights

8) Make an awesome garden hose basket

9) Support winter squash with sticks from the garden

10) Hang your shed key

11) Hang reed fencing

12) Hang cans as planters along the banister (you might want to trip end)

13) Make a hoop house

14) Hanging lights along a balcony

15) Hanging a succulent ball

16) Make a baby chick pin

17) Securing oversized door wreaths

18) Making garden art

19) Making an arbor

20) Hanging tea lights

21) Hanging a pergola cover

22) Securing bamboo in a structure

23) When you need a hair tie

24) When you want to make a spider web

25) Annie Haven uses zip ties for rabbit proofing fencing. Annie secures wire to stakes with zip ties around a raised bed to keep bunnies from eating her lettuce.

Helen Yoest

Helen Yoest is a curious gardener – curious about plants, soil, design, and how others use these to create their gardens at home. She is also curious about what plants do for us today in the here and now, but also about their history and lore. Plants have a colorful past.

As an award winning freelance writer and garden stylist, Helen has traveled the world visiting public and private gardens so she can step into the dream that was once just an imagination. Her work has appeared in Country Gardens, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Carolina Gardener, and many others, including her work as the national gardening expert Helen is also the author of Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, & Veggies in Your Garden (2014, St. Lynn’s Press) and Gardening with Confidence, 50 Ways to Add Style for Personal Creativity (2012, GWC Press).

Helen curates garden art, serves on the board of the JC Raulston Arboretum, is past Regional Representative of the Garden Conservancy Open Days tour and opens her garden annually, and is an honorary member of Pi Alpha Xi, the national honor society for floriculture, landscape horticulture and ornamental horticulture. Helen lives in Raleigh, N.C., tending to her half-acre wildlife habitat, her husband, and their three beautiful children.

Visit Helen at her popular blog, Gardening With Confidence and at Plants with Benefits. Find Helen on Facebook, too.

One Response to “Gardening Tricks That Work: zip ties are the new duct tape”

  1. Kiesha says:

    Yes, I love zip ties! I secured the ends of my cucumber trellis with zip ties. It was super sturdy and lasted the hole season.

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