Rope comes in many
formats and almost all can be utilised for garden projects in some
way. Whether you want a simple length of rope to play tug of war or
tensioned wire rope for plant training Rope Services Direct can
supply everything you need. Read on to find out about some other uses
of ropes for garden projects.
Uses of Wire Rope in
Wire ropes can be a
great addition to your garden especially if you want a modern look.
Stainless steel wire rope is the best option for the garden as it
won't rust and looks great with its shiny surface.
Wire rope is strong and
comes in many different diameters so you can tailor the thickness
according to its use and the look you want.
Typical uses of wire
rope in the garden include barriers/balustrading, perhaps instead of wooden deck
posts or glass panels which are hard to keep clean. Wire ropes used
in this way are unobtrusive and don't hamper the view, they can
actually enhance it thanks to the aesthetically pleasing nature of
With the right fittings
wire rope can be tensioned according to your needs and allows them to
be anchored in any orientation, horizontal, vertical or diagonal.
Typical fittings include turnbuckles or rigging screws for tensioning
but you will probably need other fittings for anchoring the rope to
your structure. Eye bolts, base plates, ferrules, thimbles, swivel
fittings, snap hooks, shackles and more can all be supplied to accommodate your needs.
Wire ropes are also
used to highlight particular areas of the garden, perhaps a rockery
or hot tub area. Other uses include trellis type set ups so that
plants can be trained and held in position whilst still looking
great, much nicer and stronger than typical garden wire.
Uses of Fibre Rope in
There is a range of
fibre ropes available, natural and man-made. The man made variety
such as polypropylene, polyester or nylon can be used in the garden
but the natural variety like sisal or manila are the most popular.
Natural ropes should be
pre-shrunk before using in their final position. Simply soaking in
water then drying out will prevent unwanted shrinkage later on. Allow
around 8-10% for shrinkage.
When trying to decide
between sisal or manila it is worth looking into their properties.
Manila typically outlasts sisal for example and is somewhat softer
and smoother to handle, it is also more resistant to sunlight. Sisal
on the other hand can be a little rougher but offers a lovely rustic
charm to your garden. Both types are salt resistant so perfect for
Out of the two Manila
is probably the most popular for garden use. But both are commonly
used around decking areas, planted borders and for highlighting
specific areas. With the right fittings the ropes can be pulled
pretty taught or draped according to your taste.
Other uses for fibre
ropes include garden swings and even for fun things like tug-o-war,
limbo or skipping.
Using any type of rope
in your garden adds a whole new dimension, a typical garden will now
have added interest and look more modern or rustic, depending on the
rope chosen. Their uses are endless so get creative, we would love to
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