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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:46 pm

I know this will be viewed by some as a duplication of effort, but I Just spent 10 minutes trying to find some great photos of someone's tress stands. Could we use this post as a start for a sticky thread for people to post pictures of their back yard displays?

I'm looking to find some ideas for more appealing displays. Currently, my trees spend the majority of the year on a table made of spare lumber and wire or stands made by putting 3x4 legs connecting a pair of sections of old pallets. Works great, but could be prettier





We also used an old dog pen, topped with sections scaffolding boards for over-flow shelving.



I'm looking more for stands, monkey poles and other single-tree display units.

Thanks,

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Post  Gentleman G. on Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:59 am

Cinder blocks and treated 2x10x10s??? I used 4 2x10x10s and 15 cinder blocks and I have plenty of space... for now at least Twisted Evil I think I spent around $80 or so at Lowe's.



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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:50 am

Wow you guys can actually get away with using planks.
I tried that last year and the treated wood is presently growing moss and anything else, and I left air spaces between the planks as well.

I will send an image later of what I am working on.
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Post  ogie on Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:03 am

Hello...
Mine i use blocks and concrete hollow post,a bit heavy but durable
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Post  Paul B [Swindon] on Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:30 am

Jay
This is part of my garden, hope it helps for ideas. Not a perfect photo and taken some time ago. But a dedicated area for some of my trees, using monkey posts with slabs on top.

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:42 am

Jay,

here something I am working on for my best efforts. Shot early morning and then later after the sun rose. The spaces below the counter will have a rectangular balusters [ knight and shield ].

The second set is me selecting the goat from the sheep - kind of - stands only broad enough to hold one effort per so many feet.

The third effort is the stand that holds the thingees and the last another stand for separating the goat ....
Enjoy.
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Post  my nellie on Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:56 am

Envy!
Lucky you owners of gardens!
We constrain ourselves to our balconies and verandas....

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:01 pm

I have been doing this a while so I have a variety. Below is a made of five standard concrete block (8x8x16 inches) placed on a leveled 16 x 16 concrete paver. The top is an 18 x 18 paver. Five blocks I think are a good display height. Some similar stands in another part of the property are only four blocks high, because it is easier to lift the trees onto them. The pavers are one inch thick.





One of my friends uses round block and pavers.



I also built benches using pressure treated 2 x 4 lumber topped with 1 x 2 inch galvanized wire.

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I also use the 55 gallon blue barrels to support two 2 x 12 inch by 10 foot long pressure treated boards. The barrels can be filled with water to give more stability and serve as a water source in event of a power outage. I have nine of the barrels.


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Much needed rain kept me from photographing a couple of other solutions I have.


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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:04 pm

Oh Alexandra Evil or Very Mad

the shot with the solar lights is one of my verandas, it faces east.

Here is another shot of a stand [ stands are 10 feet long [3m] ] and that's 70 feet [ 21 m] to the next property - the wooden fence.heh heh.
So much to hold more bonsai Laughing

Just teasing, I am slowly collapsing the numbers in to hopefully just 25 / 30 and about a full stand of mam'e or bean sized.
Stay well.
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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:29 pm

Billy,

is that really the Great Wall of China, you must be really tall Smile

Love that Juniper over the Great Wall!

Wow, amazing, never thought to use the barrels to hold water.
Thanks.
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Post  Gentleman G. on Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:45 pm

Khaimraj, I wish moss would grow on something down here, even if it was my benches! I haven't had any problems with it so far, even watering twice daily in high humidity. I don't think the winds and heat here will allow the moss to thrive. I planned on using 1x2s cut to 12 inches long to make slats across a 10 foot bench originally, however, the cinder blocks and wood were much less expensive then my original plans. And I ended up with over two times as much space at a fraction of the cost. It only took me about ten minutes to slap everything together too.

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:13 pm

G,

the plank stand was a disaster for me, and this is pressure treated lumber. I went back to the iron stands, the pipes come from the refinery, and they last, my first stands are from 1987 or so and are only now starting to decay, with just 2 coats of rust primer on them. Same goes for the welded on BRC wire mesh.

The narrower stands were made with smaller squares of BRC wire [ used in concrete floors, you have a different name for it, but it comes from your side.]
The size change was also to force me from putting little plants in here and there. I have a hard time killing certain cuttings - elm roots, gmelina, spat out and planted tamarind seeds.... Laughing

My other stands under the Seville orange tree [ great juice ] are from rig steel and they don't decay.

Just in case anyone was wondering, the stone on the ground is to refill the sink, I, the elephant have made by walking when watering by hand - ha ha ha.
Later.
Khaimraj

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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:05 pm

With either the pavers or the stands, have you had any problems with trees blowing off? When using blocks & pavers, do you need to used an adhesive between them to keep them from being knocked over?

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Post  andy mcconnell on Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:53 pm

my stands built from pressure treated lumber
the tops are 2 by 10 by 10 feet long they cost me about 120.00 to build
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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:05 pm

Those look real nice, and simple, Andy. I like the brick work as well. It's kind of funny, I don't mind spending my days growing trees and other plants, but I'm continually finding ways to eliminate lawn grasses.

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Post  andy mcconnell on Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:04 pm

hi jay
you bet really easy to build by the time i built the third bench it only took me about half an hour
not to expensive,easy to build ,and very sturdy and long lasting
and yes all of my lawn is slowly being replaced
andy Very Happy

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Post  fiona on Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:16 pm

Jay Gaydosh wrote:It's kind of funny, I don't mind spending my days growing trees and other plants, but I'm continually finding ways to eliminate lawn grasses.
Yup. Me too. We got rid of our lawns - front and back - about six years ago. Never regretted it for a minute. Will try to find and post a couple of pics of my attempts at staging.

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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:19 pm

We used to have 400 square feet of raised garden beds, with veggies coming out our ears. Fixed that...
Planted a 30 x 36 foot garage. Still working on what little grass we have.

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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:56 pm

Someone just resurrected another thread on benches. There are some very nice displays there as well.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:51 pm

The good thing about the concrete block and barrels is that it can be disassembled and everything put on the ground in case of the occasional hurricane.


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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:31 pm

is that really the Great Wall of China, you must be really tall Smile

Love that Juniper over the Great Wall!

I am at the age where I usually buy what I need or want when I need or want it, so my daughter and wife tell me I am difficult to buy Christmas/Birthday presents for.

So, my daughter buys me things like this.

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Post  Paul B [Swindon] on Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:38 pm

Jay

A few more ideas to display your larger trees better, let me know what you think

Paul



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Post  Guest on Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:22 pm

Hi Jay,
my display are on assorted stands, with different heights to maximize viewing angle; all are in rotating platform even the concrete and steel stands I find the rotating platform more practical than regular table/bench. I can wire even the big trees without moving them on place and I can study more the trees from all angles every time I look at them.







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I know, dragging up an old thread...

Post  tmmason10 on Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:26 pm

...but I used this as some inspiration for a table I put together this weekend. It is 5 ft. wide, 28 inches deep, and 3 ft high. The boards have about an inch overhang on each side. Used 4x4's for the legs, 2x4's for the sides, and 1x6's for the top. I used extra 1x6's for the support on the legs. It's pretty sturdy, and I'm happy with the way it turned out. I have thinned the herd and all that is missing is a few tropicals. Quality over quantity is what I am trying to stick to now.











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Post  JMcCoy on Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:24 am

I've had wood rot on me over the years too, and it can be dangerous if a support is beginning to give way. I've now switched to nearly all concrete and steel. Here is a picture a few years ago of one new one being set up. Its just concrete cinder blocks, galvanized steel "hat channel" (which is used in construction in place of ceiling joists) and what was called Horse Fence (just a heavy welded fencing with 2x4 inch openings that I cut to size). I've since added another row of blocks underneath to raise the benches higher. Also this isn't the "pretty" area with display trees, but one of the grow benches.



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