Orange Screw - Review of its use on our farm

Last fall we bought a 40 acres and set to work  rebuilding it into a research farm. We spent a lot of time cleaning it up - removing old debris and digging up metal. We planted over 100 trees. It was for this reason, I planned to use the Orange screw.
We have sandy soil, and I was certain our trees would blow over in the wind (heck - the trees were planted as a windbreak!!)  Amazingly, they didn't and they didn't need staking.

Then we went through a series of canopy adventures where I was certain I would use the screws. I forgot about them during the process and decided to use the stakes that came in the canopy kits.  Our canopy(s!!!) pulled out of the ground and smashed themselves into mangled hunks of metal and torn tarp. Yes, this happened more than once and we finally decided to build a more stable structure.

You can read about these misadventures at our farm blog (in case you are interested in really stressful hardwork.)
Why must we always
 learn the hard way?

But what about the screws? I received them months ago and really thought I would have had a chance to try them by now!

In fact, I've staked endless gopher traps, tarps, and random projects since receiving the screws. I should have used the orange screws in most of these cases, but didn't because that this point I had decided to save them for the orchard.

I was saving them for the apple trees. Dwarf apple trees are notorious for leaning, breaking, and falling over. Especially in soft soil. But a bunch of well drama and time constraints meant the orchard did not get planted this year (and won't be) so I moved on!

And finally - we used the orange screws to hold down our shooting bench.

The shooting bench exits at the farm, therefore it is in constant barrage by the wind tunnel that is our land. The orange screws are definitely overkill in this situation, but I was determined to use them before deciding to "save them" again.

Here's what I learned: They are sturdy. Most of my metal stakes are bent at this point (and that's from going into "beach" sand  y'all.) My metal stakes are also rusty- which is annoying.

These guys are tough to put in the ground - hence the plastic "tube" that comes with them. They go in strong and stay in strong. You can't just pull them out. Even in sand. I have to retwist them out. That makes these awesome. They are a super thick plastic - that makes them durable. They are also fat. This is good for stand alone situations but not as versatile when you have to put them through an eyelet or loop.

The short answer - I like them. I WILL buy another couple sets of these WHEN the apples are planted. And I will use them to stake trees. They have amazing potential for that use!

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