How to Anchor Wooden Garden Arches

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Wooden garden arches are lovely additions to your country backyard. Tucked amid banks of colorful flowers, these arches or free-standing gateways invite visitors to step through and explore more of your landscaping design. The only problem with these wooden garden arches is their propensity for falling over if they are bumped or when the wind is high.

Things You'll Need

  • Anchor kit
  • Hardware
  • U-bend rebar
  • Rocks
  • Purchase prefabricated garden arch or gate supports from any home and garden store. These support kits consist of a metal spike with one end that is bent into a square or rectangular cup shape that can be screwed onto the bottom of the posts making up your garden arch. Hardware is often included in the kit.

  • To use these, simply use a rubber mallet to pound the spikes deep into the ground where you want the arch to be and then slip the feet of the arch into the caps at the top. Use screws to attach it tightly together.

  • For wooden garden arches with cross bars at the bottom, it is easy to anchor them with simple U-bend rebar pieces. These metal stakes are bent into either rounded or squared off U-shaped pieces. The straight ends are usually eighteen inches or more in length.

  • To use them to anchor your wooden garden arch, simply slip them over the wood at the bottom of the arch and pound them tightly into the ground. One at each corner is ideal for maximum stability.

  • For a more casual, and not as sturdy, method to anchor wooden garden arches, use the landscape accents that you already have in your garden. Pieces of wood, wooden or metal benches, existing fences, and even large rocks can be used to help anchor garden arches and gates. Anything heavy that can be placed at the base will help keep your garden safe from windblown arches.

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