A Guide to Gauge and Size of Landscape Staples (SOD Staples)

When it comes to buying SOD Staples, you come across a number of different characteristics of metal wire from which these garden staples are made. The key attributes defining the nature of landscape staples include:

  • Gauge of Wire
  • Length of Wire

Gauge of SOD Staples

Gauge defines the thickness of a wire, and hence, the strength of the metal. The lower the value of gauge, the thicker and stronger will be the wire, resulting in a strong yard staple. Common wire gauge sizes include 8 gauge, 9 gauge, and 11 gauge for landscape staples.

Size of SOD Staples

This defines the size of wire in inches that can penetrate into the ground to hold your objects to the ground such as weed barrier fabric, chicken wire, drip irrigation pipes, soaker hose, Christmas decorations, artificial Turf, birdbath, and many others. Common sizes include 6 inches, 8 inches, 9 inches, and 12 inches with 1-inch width, resulting in common staple sizes as 6 x 1 x 6, 8 x 1 x 8, 9 x 1 x 9, and 12 x 1 x 12″.

Which Staple Size Should I use?

The choice of landscape staples depends on the nature of soil/ground where these are to be penetrated. Careful selection of SOD staples based on the gauge and size should be made keeping in view the soil type. Following guidelines should be used when buying yard staples.

  • Compact Soil – Use 8 or 9 gauge with 6 x 1 x 6 staples size. They will hold tight and will not bend when hammered into the ground
  • Soft/Loose Soil – In such soil, Staple gauge doesn’t matter. Long staples work better in loose soil and will ensure the firm grip in soil after installation.

In most cases, 6 x 1 x 6 size staples work and are the ideal choice. Longer staples should be chosen for looser soil.


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