World Landscape Architecture Month

April is World Landscape Architecture Month, a month-long celebration of landscape architecture and design in both public and private spaces. Established by the American Society of Landscape Architecture, WLAM aims to demonstrate how landscape architecture affects our daily lives.

Landscape architects analyze, plan, design, manage, and nurture the built and natural environments. You may see landscape architecture at parks, college campuses, streetscapes, walking trails, plazas, and more.

National Band & Tag creates custom metal tags that landscape architects can use to identify their projects. These metal tags can be customized with the company or designer’s name, information, website, date, etc. and then placed somewhere in the landscape, such as on a tree or rock. This is a great way to help promote and identify your work. Our black UV stable tags are great for outdoors and will last 20+ years, even in harsh environments. The white text on black background provides a high contrast that is visible and easy to read.

Check out our website for more design ideas, or email your tag designs to tags@nationalband.com for a free quote.

Here are some examples from our other customers:

Steps for Designing Custom Tree Tags for Labeling Trees

Labeling trees can be beneficial to any arboretum, botanical garden, park or tree trail so that visitors can be educated on the type of tree they are looking at. Tags can be customized to relay any information you need, and designing your tree tag can sometimes be overwhelming.

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Use the following steps below to start designing your tree tag:

Step 1. Tag Size & Material: All the examples above are the standard arboretum tag Style 14, 3” x 5” inches, UV Stable Black Aluminum. If you would like a different style or material for your tree tags, browse through our website to view other examples.

Step 2. Hole Size & Layout: The standard hole size is an 1/8” inch, either at the top/bottom, or left/right side of the tag. Different hole sizes and layouts are available depending on how you plan to attach your tag to the tree. No holes are available if you plan to attach the tag to a stake. (Nails and stakes can be purchased at local hardware stores or forestry supply stores).

Step 3. Text: Decide on what text and fonts you would like on your tag (all TrueType fonts are available).

***If you need help finding out the correct taxonomy of a tree, many of our customers have recommended using: https://www.itis.gov***

Step 4. Logo (Optional): All logos will need to be sent to us in a black and white line art format.

Step 5. QR Code (Optional): We will make the QR Code for you, all we need is the URL of the website you want your QR Code to go to. (Read more on using QR Codes for educational walking trails here.)

Download this PDF of a 3” x 5” blank arboretum tag to practice your design!

How To: Use a QR Code for Educational Walking Trails

Are you looking to use QR (Quick Response) Codes to create an educational walking trail in your museum, arboretum, botanical garden, school, or park? QR Codes are a great way to provide more information about an item by sending people to a website. NB&T is here to help guide you through the process of getting your website into a QR code and onto a tag.

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Follow these easy steps to complete your educational walking trail and get people scanning your QR Coded tags!

Prep your QR Code Information:

  1. Determine what you want to have a QR Code on (plants, statues, trees, posts, memorial sites, exhibits etc.)
  2. Create and design a separate web page for everything you want to have a QR Code on. (Ask your webmaster for assistance with steps #2 and #3 if needed).

Example:
Tree 1 – QR Code goes to www.tree1.com
Tree 2 – QR Code goes to www.tree2.com

3. Optional – For best scanning of a QR Code, use redirects for extremely long URLs.

Design Your Tag:

  1. Browse through our website to determine the tag style, size, material, and hole size you want.
  2. Sketch up a mockup, or layout of how you want your tag to look, along with any other information you want, such as company name, logo, item name, year, etc.
  3. Send info from #4 and #5, along with quantity of tags you need to tags@nationalband.com for a free price quote.
  4. Once ready to order – send your complete tag info to us using our Data Transfer Instructions. It is important to send us your info correctly so none of your tags are off. We will turn your web page URL into a QR Code!

Setting up Your Walking Trail:

  1. Set up all your tags in a visible place where people can easily scan them.
  2. Encourage people to use their smart phones to scan the tag for more information on the item they are looking at.
  3. Maintenance – you can change the info on your web pages as much as you need. As long as the URL doesn’t change, you won’t need to replace your QR Coded tag.
Send us pictures of your completed walking trail!

Example: NC Coastal Reserve

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  1. Determined they had 22 places throughout the walking trail on the reserve that needed a QR Code.
  2. Created their 22 web pages that in this case, held audio files.
  3. This customer used tinyurl.com for their redirects.
  4. They chose a style 14 tag, 3” x 4” inches, in UV stable black aluminum material, with an 1/8” inch hole on the top and bottom of the tag.
  5. They decided they wanted for their tag layout the QR Code first, then “Audio Trail Interpretation Station” the URL, and their company name smaller at the bottom.
  6. Sent the info to us for a quote.
  7. Sent their data transfer Excel sheet to us using the correct format.tiny url pic
  8. Used screws to hang their tags into posts along the trail.
  9. Promoted scanning their new tags through social media.

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15 Benefits of Using Labels to Identify Plants in your Garden

When you are growing a wide variety of plants, flowers, vegetables, and herbs in your garden, it can become difficult to name and remember the details of each plant. Plant tags and tree tags can simplify things no matter if you are an at-home gardener or a large botanical garden.

Plant Markers can be beneficial when you are:

  1. Growing food and having other people harvest it
  2. Learning how to identify plants
  3. Trying to save seeds or bulbs
  4. Sharing a plot of land and want to keep everything separate from your neighbors
  5. Planting in a public community garden with multiple people working on it
  6. Trying to use intercropping (companion planting) to reduce weeds and pests
  7. Running a nursery or greenhouse to increase efficiency
  8. Maximizing care of your plants by having instructions right next to them
  9. Minimizing buying duplicates so that you can have a wide variety of plants
  10. Trying to locate where you had a plant no longer in bloom.
  11. Educating others with an interactive walk-through garden
  12. Grouping plants according to type
  13. Identifying plants for sale or that were already sold
  14. Creating a professional looking garden to impress others with your plant knowledge
  15. Monitoring growth by marking the date it was planted

Are you ready to start identifying plants? The next step is to decide on what type of plant label is best for you, your identification goals and garden environment. Check out our blog, What type of plant label will work best in your garden?

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What type of plant label will work best in your garden?

The first step to finding the plant label that will work best in your garden is to know what your identification goals are. Are you looking to color coordinate, sequentially number, or write on the tag yourself? Do you need something simple or do you need something with a high end polished look? Another factor to keep in mind is the environment; are these temporary for the summer, or do they need to last year-round where the tag will be subjected to harsh weather?

National Band & Tag has a variety of plant labels available to meet your identification needs.

Plastic Plant Labels
Plastic plant labels are helpful in the garden when you want to color code your plants, or have bright visible labels. Plastic plant labels can be written on with a sharpie, or our recommended All-Weather Marker. These tags can also be custom laser etched with your company’s name, logo, and a barcode. Plastic plant labels come in a variety of sizes, from a small potted plant all the way to a large shrub or bush, we have the size to fit your plant. They are versatile and can work for an at-home gardener or a garden retail store. Plastic tags are great for temporary use or 1+ years outdoors, depending on how harsh the weather is. Available in Pink, Orange, White, and Yellow.

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Write-On Plant Tags
Write-On Tags are made from a thin metal (aluminum or copper) that you can engrave on yourself with a pen or sharp object. The 2702 series has a biodegradable cardboard backing to assist in writing on the tag. These tags are helpful when you need to engrave on the spot and want something durable to last outdoors.

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Metal Tags
Metal plant tags are helpful for gardeners looking to identify a lot of information about one plant, such as their name, species, genius, care instructions, etc. Metal plant tags come in a variety of materials, but we recommend the UV Stable Black Aluminum material, especially if you need the label to last for years outdoors. QR Codes can be laser etched on metal tags for those want to create an education walking trail like an arboretum or botanical garden.

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Wood Pot Labels and Wood Stakes
Both plain and treated wood pot labels are available in multiple sizes depending on the size of the potted plant you are trying to label. Wood Pot Labels are great for labeling plants for sale at a garden store or nursery. Wood Stakes are helpful for labeling trees, plots of land, rows of trees and bushes. They can be written on with a sharpie or our All-Weather Marker shown above under plastic tags.

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Still have questions? Call us at 859-261-2035 to talk with one of our tag specialists, or leave us a comment below!

April Showers Bring May Flowers

vinyl garden markers

Styles 2754, 2766, 2778, 2788

It’s that time again for flowers and other plants to start blooming! Are your plants marked with some sort of identification?

We offer a variety of plant and garden markers, but we are excited to share with everyone our newest color, PINK!

These virgin vinyl labels can be written on with a sharpie so you can identify the plant’s name, price if it is for sale, date it was planted and anything else you want. Plastic plant labels can range in size anywhere from 5/8” x 4” inches all the way up to 1-1/4” x 8” inches to meet all your identification needs. Try using smaller ones to identify small potted plants and larger tags to identify shrubs and trees.

Request Free Samples Here!

style 2745 garden markers

Style 2745

QR Coded Tags

QR (Quick Response) Coded tags have a variety of uses in multiple industries! A QR Code is a barcode that can be scanned by an app on your smart phone that leads to a website.

Here are a few examples of how QR Coded tags are being used by current customers:

landmark tag with qr code

Landmarks: These tags are mounted outside of a landmark and allows visitors to scan the QR Code, which then leads them to a website with more information and videos about that specific landmark.

walking trail tag with qr code

Walking Trails: These tags are usually nailed to wooden posts along a trail in a park or nature preserve. By scanning the code with your phone you are led to a website with more information on the different species of wildlife and plants in the area.

tree trail tag with qr code

Tree Tags: QR Coded tags on trees can be used on nature trails to inform visitors about that specific species of tree. They can also be used by researchers and tree farmers to collect fruit/nut yield for the year from that tree, as well as for recording age, health, and other valuable information.

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Promotional Use: Tags can be given away with a QR Code that leads to your company’s website. This is a great way to remind potential customers of your company and drive them back to your website.

To achieve the best QR Code on your NB&T tag we recommend shortening your URL to increase readability. Try using bitly or tinyurl to shorten your URLs. Ex: https://nationalband.com/custom-laser-etched-tags/ is 50 characters long but http://bit.ly/1f77EEC is only 21 characters long and both lead to the same web page. By cutting the length of the URL by over half, the quality of the laser etched code will be best for long lasting readability. Another way is to buy a shorter URL and then re-direct it to the correct page on your website.

How do you use your QR Coded Tags? Share with us below!

18 Uses for Write-On Tags You May Not Have Thought Of

2702Our Write-On Tags can be used for a variety of applications ranging from heavy machinery to plants and trees to electrical wires. With the ability to be engraved with a pen on the spot makes these tags a perfect candidate for those who know they need to identify their assets, but aren’t sure what they want the tag to say yet. Check out these 18 different ways our current customers are using Write-On Tags!

  1. Labeling equipment
  2. Marking wires and cables
  3. Numbering inventory on a shelf in a warehouse
  4. Identifying valves and pipe contents
  5. Labeling large pieces of machinery
  6. Identifying plant species in nurseries and botanical gardens
  7. Labeling flowers and plants for sale at garden centers
  8. Numbering trees for research purposes
  9. Identifying products for different landscaping projects
  10. Labeling furniture for sale
  11. Labeling pottery with artist’s name
  12. Tool checks
  13. Labeling painting assets
  14. Marking fences and gates to be installed
  15. To number RV refrigerators that are ready to be shipped out
  16. Label large industrial fan parts
  17. Home organization designers
  18. Concrete products for construction jobs

Comment below, how do you use Write-On Tags? Share your pictures!

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A Look Back at 2015

happy 2015!National Band & Tag Company has had a wonderful 2015! We have introduced new products throughout the year as well as new features for our existing products and more. Check out the links below to see what you might have missed!

New Products

  • Split Ring Chain Sling – Joining our chain sling tag line up, this tag is made of galvanized steel and has a split in the ring that can be welded shut.
  • Plumber Tags – Now available laser etched with boxes that can be written in with a sharpie.
  • Size 14 Bandettes – Our largest sized plastic bandette with a 7/8th inch diameter.
  • Wire Bundles – Customized to the length you need between 3” to 20” inches. Available in 304 stainless steel or galvanized steel.
  • Black UV Cable Ties – These cable ties will stand up to UV exposure, are 18 inches long and come in a 50lb bag.
  • 3/16th hand stamps – Our largest sized hand stamp for letters and numbers so that you can stamp tags yourself.

New Product Features

  • The letter Ñ ñ stamp is now available to be stamped on any band or tag.
  • Laser etched corners and borders can be added to almost any tag to give it a more decorative look.
  • Laser etched inverted logos are a new creative way to show off your company’s logo.
  • Yellow backing on the Write-On Tag (Style 2702) has been removed, the cardboard backing is biodegradable.
  • Zip 892-3 Wing Band, the 1,000 band minimum has been lowered to a 100 band minimum.

New Services

Are there any new products, features or services you would like to see from National Band & Tag in 2016? Just let us know in the comment section below or call us at 859-261-2035!

 

We’d also like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and many blessings in the New Year!

Blank Tags

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Hand Stamp Set – Great for engraving your blank tags!

Did you know that at NB&T any tag or band we make can be produced blank?  On our website, you can view over 150 tag shapes and sizes that come in multiple materials and thicknesses. Buy our blank tags and custom stamp or laser etch them yourself. Blank tags can be used for everything from art and jewelry projects, to identification of equipment, to color coding trees. Need your own stamping set? Check out our Hand Stamps, great for putting serial numbers, dates, and more on your tags.

Want to quickly engrave your own tags as you need them? Try our Write-On Tags! The aluminum tags have cardboard backing to give you a hard surface to “engrave” on. Use a pen or sharp pointed object and write normally on the aluminum to create a readable, engraved look.

Multiple industries need blank tags for multiple reasons. What will you use them for?

 

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These are just a few of the 150 styles of tags we have. Need a different shape? Click the image to view more options. Still don’t see what you need? Call us! 859-261-2035

Time to Harvest the Grapes – Vineyard Tags

vineyard tagsWine harvesting season is upon us as the summer comes to a close and the leaves begin to change, fall is right around the corner! Each wine is harvested at a different time through the months of August to October in the northern hemisphere. The time depends on the grapes of course, but each one ripens during specific weeks throughout this time period.

How can National Band & Tag Company help with your harvest?

To distinguish between the multiple rows of differing grapes, some form of identification is needed. Our custom vineyard labels have been the solution for numerous winemakers. These vineyard tags come in many styles and materials including polyurethane and UV Stable Black Aluminum. Our UV Stable Aluminum is fantastic for outdoor uses such as this, and will stand up against time and weather. These tags can be laser etched, bar-coded, or can come with logos and graphics.

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