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Marking Instructions

Labeling Your EON Markers

The methods used to mark the labels of EON Markers are as numerous and varied as the number of gardeners who use EON markers. In past years the only challenge for us has been to offer items that were durable in most climate conditions. However, the dramatic increase in air pollution and acid rain has had an adverse effect on even the best pens we can offer. The spray from liquid fertilizers and/or insecticides can also break down ink and allow it to be washed away by rain or your garden hose. In addition, many of the so-called “permanent” markers are not sun-resistant. The ultra-violet rays of the sun can break down their ink and it can then be easily washed away.

One of the easiest and most durable ways to mark the labels is with a large #2 lead pencil, the kind that kindergarteners or carpenters use. The “lead” is extremely weather-resistant. This method does have the disadvantage of being less visible than other forms of marking the labels.

A CHINA MARKING PENCIL or “grease pencil” will also work well on the labels but some gardeners do not like the bolder lines that these make, especially if a larger amount of information is to be put on the label.

Our UNI-PAINT PEN is actually enamel paint in a felt-tip type pen. It must be shaken as one would an aerosol can and the tip dispenses a line of enamel paint. It has a good record of holding up to the elements.

Our NURSERY PEN is a permanent marking pen that has an extra chemical in the ink to resist the UV rays of the sun. It is waterproof and sunproof. This pen has proven to be durable in almost any climate and gardening environment.

The zinc used in the manufacture of the labels of EON Markers is too hard to engrave with a ballpoint pen or stylus. However, the labels may be engraved using an electric tool sold for the purpose of placing identification marks on tools and other items. Hardware stores usually have these.

An option to writing on the labels or using the label-makers are the professionally produced printed and engraved labels. Ads for companies printing weatherproof labels appear in many of the gardening magazines or we can provide you with names and addresses for several whose labels we have tested and used.

Becoming the most popular option for marking the labels is the electronic label maker. A typewriter device prints out adhesive-backed labels which adhere well to our markers. These are proving to be very durable in all parts of the country and do not peel off, crack or discolor. The electronic label makers come in various brands, models and prices, and are usually available at office supply stores. One word of caution: If you purchase an electronic label maker, be sure the tapes it uses are LAMINATED. Some tapes are made for inside hobby use and so are not laminated and will not hold up in the garden. Also, avoid metallic-colored tape which we’ve been told also do not weather well.

Since we cannot control the weather or garden environments, WE CANNOT IN ANY WAY GUARANTEE ANY MARKING DEVICE USED ON THE LABELS OF EON MARKERS. We advise customers to take a minute while they are marking the face to also mark the reverse side of the label with the same information. Then if the front side weathers off, the more protected reverse side will still have the information needed to identify the plant.

 

Label Removal

Some gardeners have occasions when they wish to remove the marking on a label so it can be used again for another plant. Unfortunately, the more durable the pen or pencil used, the more difficult it can be to remove it. Suggestions for removing the markings range from very hot, soapy water for the china pencil and grease pencil to paint thinner for paint pens. The nursery pen is the most difficult to remove but a few gardeners have reported some success with the bathroom cleaner Lime-Away. PLEASE NOTE that no matter what chemical product is used to try to remove the marking, every label must be rinsed thoroughly to remove any trace of that product. Failure to do so may result in damage to the label. Again, we do not in any way guarantee any method used to remove the marking nor will we be responsible for any damage to the labels in an attempt to remove the markings from them. We do offer replacement plates for all of the styles of markers we manufacture. At a cost of eleven cents each many gardeners say they much prefer to have new replacement plates on hand. Most would rather spend time actually working in and enjoying their gardens instead of scrubbing labels.