What is ArbNet?
The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is designed to recognize standards of excellence in tree-focused gardens, foster professionalism of arboreta worldwide, enable conservation collections and scientific collaborations, and advance the planting study, and conservation of trees. An ArbNet Accreditation provides multiple benefits, such as being recognized for your achievements, earn distinction in your professional and local communities, serving as a model arboretum, and having opportunities for collaboration with other arboreta.
The four levels of accreditation recognize arboreta at various degrees of development, capacity, and professionalism. Accredited arboreta are encouraged to seek and achieve higher professional standards and move up through the levels.
Do I need to label my trees?
If you are an arboretum looking to get your ArbNet accreditation, one of the credentials for applying is you must have labeled trees and woody plant taxa.
25+ labels – Level I
100+ labels – Level II
500+ labels – level III & Level IV
National Band & Tag can help both small and large arboretums with our 3″ x 5″ Arboretum Labels and 1.5″ x 4.5″ Plant Labels. These are our two most popular styles. They are made from UV Stable Black Aluminum that can last outdoors for 20+ years. NB&T tags can be customized with text, QR Codes, logos, and artwork. Other styles and materials of tree tags are available.
Thank you to our ArbNet Accredited customers who shared pictures with us!
Old Mountain Arboretum (Winona, MS) – ArbNet Level I
Arboretum at Redmond Park (Bensenville, IL) – ArbNet Level II
Carol S English Jr. Botanical Garden (Seattle, WA) – ArbNet Level II
Cave Hill Heritage Foundation, Inc. (Louisville, KY) – ArbNet Level II
Century Park Arboretum – (Vernon Hills, IL) ArbNet Level II
Mary Price Ratrie Arboretum – (Charleston, WV) ArbNet Level II
Stanley M. Rowe Arboretum – (Indian Hills, OH) ArbNet Level II
Trees, plants, shrubs, flowers all come in different sizes, and so should your identification tags! NB&T can help create a simple or extravagant look to your ID tags for your arboretum, walking trail, botanical garden, or nature preserve. We’ve listened and learned from our customers, and with their help, came up with these popular tags for trees, plants, and everything else in your arboretum.
Our most popular style is the #14ARBOR Tags. These large, 3” x 5” tags are made from Black UV Stable Aluminum, which provides high visibility and will last outdoors for 20+ years.
For attaching your tag directly to the tree, we offer nails and springs (styles #1529 & # 1528). Or if you don’t want the tag directly on the tree, we offer 20” tall stakes (style #1530). Stakes come with an adhesive label for attaching the tag to the stake.
Our customers like to put QR Codes on their Arboretum Tags to create a self-guided walking trail experience. You can read more here on how to create a trail with QR Coded tags.
While the 3” x 5” is one of the largest tags we offer, we also have other shapes and sizes available for your tree tagging needs.
New as of 2020! Style #14PLANT is a 1.5” x 4.5” plant tag, made to match the tree tag version. Even though these tags are smaller, we are still able to offer QR Codes and logos due to our high-tech laser etching process. By matching your plant tags and tree tags, you can create a clean, cohesive look to your arboretum.
For attaching the plant tag, we offer 12” stakes (style #1531). Stakes come with an adhesive label for attaching the tag to the stake.
Honor those who donate to your arboretum with a memorial tag! The tags can be mounted to trees, benches, fountains, and statues, to memorialize those who have donated, employees, sponsors, etc. Memorial Tags can be personalized with names, dates, quotes, and almost anything else you could imagine. They are also made from the same Black UV Stable Aluminum material as the plant and tree tags which means it will last outdoors for 20+ years
Use this Excel Sheet to send us the information you want laser etched onto your tags. Sketches, drawings, and mockups are also helpful to ensure we get the layout of your tags correct. If you have questions, email us at [email protected] or call us at 859-261-2035 and one of our customer service representatives will assist you.
When attaching a Tree Tag or Arboretum Tag, you can either attach the tag directly to the tree or put it on a stake in front of the tree. When attaching the tag directly to the tree, we recommend using an aluminum nail and stainless steel spring combo. This allows the tag to sit up off the bark, so the tree can continue to grow, without growing around the tag.
If you don’t wish to put anything in the tree, then a tag can be attached to a stake. Stakes can go into the ground in front of the tree. Stakes are 20″ tall, so even when a few inches are in the ground, they are high enough for people to see. Our stakes come with a 3″ strip of 3M tape already adhered to the stake, which will make sure the tag doesn’t fall off.
3″ Aluminum Nails
Style 1529 – $5.00/box of 50
2 1/8″ Stainless Steel Springs
Style 1528 – $10.00/box of 50
3/4″ x 20″ Stake
Style 1530 – $6.00 each
3″ bend and 1/8″ thick
Contact us at [email protected] with any questions or to place a tree tag order.
National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April, but each state celebrates its own Arbor Day depending on when the best times to plant trees in their area is. This day is used to celebrate trees and encourage people to plant trees, bushes, and plants in their local neighborhood.
National Band & Tag is celebrating Arbor Day with our Arboretum Tags and Tree Tags. We manufacture custom tags to go on trees for a multitude of reasons. Arboretums tag their trees to identify the name, scientific name, origin, and provide visitors with other information about that specific tree.
Tree tags have multiple uses depending on the organization do the tagging, some examples of tree tags are identifying trees that have been treated for emerald ash borer, city stormwater trees, trees to protect and not cut down, forestry research trees, memorial trees, and more.
When Julius Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day back in 1872, his idea was simple, set aside a special day for tree planting. Share with us in the comments below, how you are celebrating Arbor Day? If you can’t plant a tree, try cleaning up a local park, visiting your local arboretum, or donating to the Arbor Day Foundation.
Did you know, National Band & Tag can assist environmental agencies, consulting firms, and other environmental services? Current environmental customers of ours are usually working to help protect the environment by helping companies and municipalities meet the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) requirements.
Some of the solutions our customers offer are permitting for projects with impact on wetlands, solutions for infrastructure of urban water planning, stormwater solutions to address issues of a single outfall or throughout an entire watershed, environmental assessments, testing of air, drinking water, wastewater, and more.
Tree Tags – Environmental customers use tree tags to label trees that are for stormwater, should not be cut down, or to ID ownership. An urban forest management plan gives public works agencies detailed information, recommendations, and resources needed to effectively and proactively manage public trees. Urban forest management may use tree tags like the picture below to ID public trees.
Well Permit Tags – Environmental customers may offer permitting services and help municipalities with permits such as well permit tags. When groundwater wells, inject wells, drilled wells, and other types of wells aren’t properly managed or permitted, local groundwater can be affected.
Contact us today for your free quote on tags for environmental uses.
Did you know that there are many uses for cattle ear tags that aren’t for cows (or any other animal on Old McDonald’s Farm)? These versatile, plastic, bright-colored cattle ear tags can be customized for different personal and promotional uses, such as:
- Identification for trees
- Vineyard row post
- Orchard Tags
- Luggage tags
- Asset tags
- Asset Color coordination
- Wedding gifts
- Save the Dates
- And more!
NB&T resells plastic ear tags from popular manufacturers such as AllFlex, PermaFlex and Destron Fearing. Just pick your tag style, and let us know what text, logo, design, or numbering that you want on your non-ear, ear tags for a free quote.
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Have you ever seen a tree tag and wondered what the information on it was used for? Well in this instance, our customer used our UV Stable Tree Tags to I.D. trees used to produce cone crops.
Greg M. Peters’ article “How the Forest Service Grows Millions of Seedlings Each Year” in the National Forests Magazine, by the National Forest Foundation, talks about his adventure going to visit the Plains Tree Improvement Area in Idaho. Also known as the Plains Tree Orchard, this facility, among others, produce seeds that the Forest Service uses to reforest millions of acres of National Forests across the United States.
In his article, Peters talks about how in the past, the Forest Service used to go out into the woods to gather cones, but today they use these orchards of trees to gather cones. This allows the forestry service to gather cones from trees with natural genetic resistance to disease, insect infestation, or that grow in a specific way or to a certain size.
Onsite at the orchard, cones are dried out and their seeds are used in controlled tests. These tests are carefully monitored so that only the best of the best seeds are planted in the orchard. As Peters calls them, these “Elite Tree” are then used for more field trials in the orchard or can be taken out into the wild to be planted. In the article, it talks about the white pine blister rust disease that destroyed many trees over 60 years ago, but with the Forest Service finding certain trees that were resistant to the disease, they were able to collect cones and create an orchard of blister-resistant pine trees.
Read more on Greg M. Peters’ article “How the Forest Service Grows Millions of Seedlings Each Year”, and learn more about how the Forest Service has created some of the most productive forests in the world by collecting cones that contain the genetic material from the best performing seedlings cultivated and tested over decades.
Are you a part of the forestry service in need of tree tags? Contact us for a free quote.
NB&T’s most popular style of tag the # 137 a 1-¼” inch round tag that can be used for multiple applications across numerous industries. Check out a few of the top applications we see for this style of tag.
COMPANY TYPES: Crematoriums, Mortuaries, Funeral Homes, Pet Cremations
USE: 304 Stainless Steel stamped tags are used to identify both human and pet remains as they go through the cremation process to ensure proper identification at all times. 304 Stainless Steel tags will not melt in the crematorium, so they are able to go in the fire and stay with the remains.
COMPANY TYPES: Landscape Architecture Firms, Plant Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service, Tree and Lawn Care Services, Lumber Production Companies, Arborist Consultants, Tree & Stump Removal, Arborist/Forestry Supply Stores
USE: There are many types of tree tags available, but a stamped #137 is popular for the above companies because their main goal is to number and identify specific trees. The trees could be numbered for a multitude of reasons, from labeling diseased trees, trees to cut down or save, trees to trim and more. A plain aluminum 137 is durable enough to last outside, while also being discreetly visible on the tree.
COMPANY TYPES: Veterinarians, Municipalities, Cities, Counties, Humane Societies, Animal Shelters, Kennels, Animal Hospitals, and Clinics.
USE: Rabies Tags indicate that an animal has had its rabies vaccine. Cities and counties use License Tags to show that your pet has been licensed in that area. General dog and cat I.D. tags are used by animal shelters, humane societies, SPCA’s, etc. to I.D. the animals in that company’s care.
COMPANY TYPES: Surveying Companies, Survey and Mapping Equipment Suppliers,
USE: These tags have a hole in the middle for a nail to go through so that it can be attached to the ground, trees, and other objects for surveying and mapping points of land. Usually, the surveyor’s license number is stamped on the tag.
COMPANY TYPES: Power Pole Inspection Companies, Utility Companies, Wood Pole Manufacturers
USE: Pole Tags are used on power poles, telecommunication poles, and other wood poles to identify that they have been inspected. Pole Tags can range from a small, simple stamped tag with the year on it, to a large barcoded tag that makes inspection easier by scanning the barcode.
COMPANY TYPES: Chemical, Petroleum, Gas, Utility Companies
USE: Valve & Pipe Tags identify the flow of what is inside the pipes and relay important information and identification at the point of need. These tags help reduce pipe related accidents and pass safety inspections. #137 is popular for this because it is a visible size, but not in the way, and can dangle off the valve.
What would you use the style #137 – 1 ¼” inch round tag for?
The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive species of beetle from Asia that is killing ash trees all over the United States. Cities where the emerald ash borer is present, are protecting their public ash trees while encouraging residents to treat their private ash trees.
Once a tree has been treated, it is marked with a metal tag saying that was treated, and other indicators such as the year or a serial number.
Are you a tree service company or city department who is treating ash trees for the Emerald Ash Borer? Then contact us today for a free quote on your customized “EAB Treated” tags. Our tree tags come in a variety of shapes and sizes to meet your customization needs. EAB Tags are usually nailed into the tree at eye level to ensure they can be seen. If you have an ash tree that you think might be infected, please get it tested and treated to help stop the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer!
At National Band & Tag, we custom manufacture a variety of tree tags. Some NB&T customers have won awards from the Arbor Day Foundation or ArbNet, such as Tree City USA and Tree Campus USA. Below are their tags that we made. Are you an NB&T Arboretum Tag customer who has won an award? Comment below to be featured!
Tree City USA – Arbor Day Foundation
The Tree City USA program has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. It is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees.
Tree Campus USA – Arbor Day Foundation
The Tree Campus USA program helps colleges and universities around the county establish and sustain healthy community forests.
Tree Line USA – Arbor Day Foundation
The TreeLine USA® program exists to recognize best practices in public and private utility arboriculture, demonstrating how trees and utilities can co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens.
Idaho Power Company
The four levels of accreditation recognize arboreta at various degrees of development, capacity, and professionalism. Accredited arboreta are encouraged to seek and achieve higher professional standards and move up through the levels.
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.
Here are some examples from our other customers:
Brass Tags are just one of the types of metal tags that NB&T offers. There are multiple reasons that an industry may require brass tags over other materials, such as corrosion resistance and ability to be used in high-temperature situations. Other industries may prefer brass tags because of their decorative, ornamental look.
Below is a list of some industries and applications that National Band & Tag serves with our brass tags.
- Automotive / Radiator Repair
- Coal Mines / Mining Supply Stores
- Industrial Suppliers / Distributors of: hydraulics, mechanical cylinders, lubrication equipment, air tools, hoists, presses, slings, wire ropes, harnesses, hoses, gaskets, cable, MRO/OEM parts and accessories.
- Fasteners, pipes, valves, fittings, flanges
- Hardware stores
- Surveyors and Surveying Supply Stores
- Office Supplies
- Electrical appliances and contractors
- Electrical Supply Stores
- Remanufacturing of electrical-mechanical equipment
- Transformer and substation apparatus installations, services, repair
- Utility pole markers
Dog & Cat
- Leather Dog Collar Manufacturers
- Rabies Tags
- License Tags
- Memorial Tree Tags
- Species I.D. Tags
Promotional and other uses
- Museum Plaques
- Mail Box Name Plates
Not sure how to design your tag? Check out some examples from our other brass tag customers:
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.
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 a 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!
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.
Follow these easy steps to complete your educational walking trail and get people scanning your QR Coded tags!
Prep your QR Code Information:
- Determine what you want to have a QR Code on (plants, statues, trees, posts, memorial sites, exhibits etc.)
- 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).
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:
- Browse through our website to determine the tag style, size, material, and hole size you want.
- 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.
- Send info from #4 and #5, along with quantity of tags you need to [email protected] for a free price quote.
- 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:
- Set up all your tags in a visible place where people can easily scan them.
- Encourage people to use their smart phones to scan the tag for more information on the item they are looking at.
- 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
- Determined they had 22 places throughout the walking trail on the reserve that needed a QR Code.
- Created their 22 web pages that in this case, held audio files.
- This customer used tinyurl.com for their redirects.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sent the info to us for a quote.
- Sent their data transfer Excel sheet to us using the correct format.
- Used screws to hang their tags into posts along the trail.
- Promoted scanning their new tags through social media.
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.
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.
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 onto metal tags for those who want to create an education walking trails like an arboretum or botanical garden.
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.
Questions? Call us at 859-261-2035 to talk with one of our tag specialists, or leave us a comment below!
Here at NB&T we have hundreds of styles of tags to choose from, so we asked some of our family members and employees, “what is your favorite tag style and why?”
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, the 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.
Plain Aluminum and UV Stable Black Aluminum are some of our most popular materials for Tree Tags. But, some of our customers have reported squirrels chewing on their aluminum tags causing them to have to replace their tags more often. This happens mostly on college campuses or parks where there are large populations of squirrels due to all the food and trash left behind by people.
Squirrels can chew through just about anything that’s not made of metal. Their front teeth continue growing throughout their entire lives, therefore, to keep them trimmed, squirrels chew on things, like the conveniently located tag on their tree.
Some customers prefer the UV stable quality and aren’t worried about squirrels chewing on their tags. For those who would rather find something more squirrel-resistant, we have a few customers who have tried our stamped brass tags and have had better results. Squirrels have been known to like aluminum, but it seems like brass may be less appealing to them.
Are you having trouble with squirrels and your Tree Tags? Comment your story or share a picture below!
721 York Street
Newport, KY 41071, USA
PO Box 72430
Newport, KY 41072-0430, USA
Phone: (859) 261-2035
International Phone: +18592612035
Fax: 859-261-TAGS (8247)
E-Mail: [email protected]
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