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Setting up Mega Tree on sloped ground

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Hi all!

Had a 10' mega tree this year, but had to put it down front due our front yard having a significant slope to it. Is there anyone who has put a mega tree on sloping/uneven ground? If so, how did you secure it?

Thanks!!

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My ground wasn't terribly uneven, but I just did the same that I would have done if it was even -

I made the pole perfectly vertical (used a level), and guy wired it in place.

I just laid the base ring on the ground, secured it to the ground with stakes, and then ran the strands of lights to the base ring, and then back towards the center for the remainder of the strand.

The different strands on the uneven sides will have more/less left over, so you could run the excess strand back up and zip tie it to itself if you're worried about the messy look in the middle of the mega tree.

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My Mega Tree is on fairly flat turf. But, I have Midi-Trees of 5' - 7' high that are on a slope. I use candycane shaped 3/4" rebar that I pound into the ground to different depths to create a "level" bottom.

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My yard is sloped also. Like others. I placed the pole, leveled it, and used guy wires to hold in place. I then placed my ring, which due to light lengths way suspended in the air about a foot. I then used stakes, and a long zip ties to hold the ring tight. The end result is the ring is "level" with the ground as a whole... the zip ties took in account for the the varying height between the ring and the ground.

Kent

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My yard has a bad slope, I made a hole in the ground about 3 feet deep to be able to use a 2 inch pole, I then made a ring that attaches to the pole and can be adjusted up or down ( the ring is about 3 feet from the ground). I also had 4 guide wires coming from the top and attached to anchor's in the ground.

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As others have said, make sure the hoop at the bottom is off the ground, or touches the ground at the highest point only. I secured the hoop using cheap 14ga wire and edging (or other) stakes. The hoop is then self leveled and the rest of the tree just hangs off the pole and hook head. This also served another purpose: it kept the lights strings in place (not moving) on the correct spot on the hoop.

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As others have said, make sure the hoop at the bottom is off the ground, or touches the ground at the highest point only. I secured the hoop using cheap 14ga wire and edging (or other) stakes. The hoop is then self leveled and the rest of the tree just hangs off the pole and hook head. This also served another purpose: it kept the lights strings in place (not moving) on the correct spot on the hoop.

Also make sure that your loop cannot twist or turn at all. Or else you will have a spiral tree without you knowing it.

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As others have said, make sure the hoop at the bottom is off the ground, or touches the ground at the highest point only. I secured the hoop using cheap 14ga wire and edging (or other) stakes. The hoop is then self leveled and the rest of the tree just hangs off the pole and hook head. This also served another purpose: it kept the lights strings in place (not moving) on the correct spot on the hoop.

Do you have any pics?

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I will post some pictures. The bottom of my hoop is still in the snow, but I probably have pictures I took prior to the snow I could share.

I just use (3) 1/2" conduits from home depot ... and a 3/4" pvc cross in the middle (to make the hoop stay in shape) and 1" tees (w/ 3/4" reducers) on the hoop intersections ... and then use the wire to both (a) attach the super strings (red, green, clear minis zip ties together) onto the hoop and to also provide a loop for then staking to the ground. If the strings become loose, its easy to remove, tighten, put back on ... without messing with zip ties and can be done without tools. The strands have not moved one bit since using this. My hoop is maybe only 1' (or less off the ground).

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Dschultz:

Can you give some details on the Light-balls? Did you make the frames (circles) yourself? Thanks.

Sure. They are simply 2 of the growers flower baskets from Lowes and Home Depot zip tied together and then wrapped in lights. I have 14" and 10" ones. The growers baskets are wire and usually have some peat moss in them. They are pretty simple to put together.

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Re: New Free Standing Mega Tree Design

So I live on a sloped yard and so I had to make some modifications to this design. I wanted to share with others what I did to hopefully inspire everyone.

You can see the pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/?saved=1

Here is my custom frame. My yard is sloped so I had to change the design some. The side legs are the normal length; however, the front and back legs are both different. Once I had the sides on I took a 6' level and made the tree plumb. Then my helper took a measurement for the front and back legs and cut them to size.

Go to free standing mega tree thread you wil see the set up of a mega tree hope this helps this is not my set up Blair

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