Hamburg, NY (WKBW-TV)
Many people got the early jump on putting up decorations for the Holidays last weekend...The high winds have been whipping many of those around...The trick-well, stake them in better! Here's some tips for staking your Santa and Snowman securely.
Consider the weight of your ornament. Concrete gnomes and rebar reindeer are not likely to blow away in the wind, but they may topple---secure heavy, but narrow, vertical decorations with slender rods fastened to the backs using a compatible material (i.e., cement, metal weld, epoxy or even wire or duct tape for temporary decorations). Paint rods black to make them less visible; push opposite ends into the ground.
Anchor permanent top-heavy ornaments---such as birdbaths or urn-shaped planters---with weighted bases. Use cement to mortar them directly to wide concrete pavers.
Provide weights for inflatable decorations by using small sandbags or stones tied to them with sturdy nylon string. Or, pin them into place with tent stakes or "U"-shaped wire pins pushed firmly into the soil.
Secure valuable decorations with a lockable bicycle cable or strong chain anchored to livestock "tie-out" stakes screwed deeply into the ground, or fasten the other end to something immovable, such as a large tree or your house.
Pound sharpened wooden stakes into the ground and nail or screw them to plywood cutouts to hold those in place. Then, to ensure that they do not blow over, fasten a small hinge to the backside of your cutout, near the top. Screw a 2-inch-by-2-inch board to the other side of the hinge, and jam the board against the ground to give your cutout an easel-like support.