Monday, March 4, 2013

Disguised tire spike idea

I know this is a bit off topic, (and I am probably just venting) but we have all heard stories of farmers being poached, plants being stolen, or people driving over things they clearly knew they shouldn't be.  As the garden expands, I begin considering these things...   I have had issues of vehicles running over things that clearly were not meant for vehicle traffic, most have been purported by accident (but it has happened more than once in various areas) but for cases where it is clearly not accidental....I think I have a remedy....albeit not a deterrent (at least not the first time)

 ...I suspect farmers would a appreciate this more than anyone...a disguised tire spike.  I have heard of farmers using boards with nails in it, but you can see the board.  I would not recommend putting this where you clearly could run over things by accident but if you have areas where it is clearly not by accident, or you could possibly run a tractor over it I would not use it.

What if you had a tire spike, encased in hard plastic..that looked like a rock.  The casing would have to be strong enough that a human foot could not pierce it, but a tire would.    It would have to be anchored in the ground.   If a tire runs over it, it pierces the casing and goes into the tire.  Depending how anchored the
"rock" is, it could shred the tire.  The trespasser will have hard time going home so you may not want to anchor it too heavily but it depends if you want to catch them or make them realize it was a bad idea.

Is this aggressive?  you betcha..... but effective.  And it does not hurt pedestrians or wild life.  You also need to make sure that weather does not deteriorate the casing's integrity.  Maybe I'll submit the idea to Bayer Rose Care people and trade it for a life time supply of Rose Care....anyway, I thought it was a great idea.  Will I use it...possibly, in areas where vehicles are clearly not in a place where a vehicle needs to be.  I think it would have a lot of uses, personally....  I don't think it would take too much to construct...a resin rock and a spike.

I suppose I could put up a sign that read "Warning-Keep off Grass-Vehicle Deterrent devices in place"  These devices would not be in areas where a car would turn around but I am going to address the issue.


HolleyGarden said...

A service truck for the electric company drove right through my husbands vegetable bed last year. It was fall, and there wasn't a lot of vegetables in it, but we did have some. We were not happy. If we could have stuck his tires with a nail, we would have. There was no reason for him to do that.

Janie Jurkiewicz said...

I thought about utility people. That is why I would put up the sign just as fair warning.

NellJean said...

Make a prototype and get a patent right quick before a big corporation steals your idea.

I would be the first to forget where the spike thing was and drive an RTV right on over it.

I use rebar posts where I don't want somebody driving. Sometimes I use decorative metal fencing corners over the rebar, so it really looks like it isn't supposed to be run over. If we really want to keep somebody out, we sink a T-bar post in the ground.

Sometimes I just use pieces of petrified wood as posts and make a little wattle fence with prunings. Anything tall enough to catch a bumper will usually deter.

Janie Jurkiewicz said...

I would just love an unlimited supply of Bayer rose care.

Janie Jurkiewicz said...

@Holley...utility people came by today because we are laying the piping for irrigation and he almost walked on my tulips..I am certain I shrieked....I thought of you .....I looked up the tire spikes...very cheap and so are the resin rocks....gonna make me a prototype...I have a lot of spots I need them...let you know how it turns out...hope I don't ever have to report..but I am certain I will....they way things are going..