Bonsai Tree Safety Strategies. GPS, Chipping and Movement Sensors. – Bonsai Jack ©

Initially posted 8-27-2014

Bonsai Tree Safety Strategies. GPS, Chipping and Movement Sensors.

Safety has been a problem for a lot of bonsai artists, particularly these with worthwhile bushes or those that have had bushes stolen previously. Many individuals have totally different methods for safeguarding bonsai. This text will cowl a couple of examined strategies we use. The strategies described could be carried out with off the shelf elements.


#1, Movement Sensors.

Chamberlain manufactures an ideal movement sensor system, half quantity CWA2000. This method comes with one wi-fi sensor and one base station. You plug the bottom station into the wall and mount the wi-fi sensor within the space you want to monitor. The bottom station will help a further 7 sensors, half quantity CWPIR. Two sensors run in a cross sample will cowl a bonsai backyard that’s 30×30 ft. Add extra sensors round your facility for extra safety. Eight sensors will present good general safety for a half acre lot. The bottom station beeps one to eight instances relying on which sensors has been activated.

The sensors are good high quality plastic, have nice battery life and a variety of 1 half mile. The bottom station/receiver will run on batteries within the occasion of an influence failure. The batteries will last as long as 18 months. The bottom station and sensors require 4 AA batteries every.

False alarms from flying birds and swaying bushes do occur and must be a think about your set up. The sensors could be adjusted for 15 or 30 ft. They’re set at 30 ft from the manufacturing unit. False alarms are very uncommon at night time. If the sensor is activated at night time it must be taken very significantly.

Total the system is straightforward to mount and program. If you happen to run into issues and or have questions please electronic mail me from the contact web page on the web site.


  • Keep away from utilizing rechargeable batteries.
  • Don’t over tighten the battery covers.
  • Windy days could trigger bushes to sway and false alarms. If this turns into annoying you
    can decrease the station quantity or flip the machine off altogether till the annoyance passes.
  • Set up the sensors in a round route round your property in consecutive
    order. Instance. Sensor 1, 2, 3… and so forth. It will permit you to simply
    determine the situation when a sensor has been activated. Location one will
    beep as soon as and site 8 will beep 8 instances.
  • If you happen to program the primary sensor and it has two beeps it’s essential restart the
    course of. Two beeps means the unit already had a sensor programmed in slot
    1 and can trigger points while you add extra sensors.
  • Check all sensors earlier than mounting them.
  • Check all sensors on a bi-monthly foundation. They could develop into deprogrammed or cease
  • Use good identify model non-rechargeable batteries. You’ll find Duracell AA
    batteries on Ebay for about 70 cents every.
  • Keep away from mounting the sensors instantly within the path of a sprinkler head.
  • Paint the sensors to match the environment. If mounting on a pine tree you possibly can
    use a pair squirts of grey, brown and maroon for nice camouflage.
  • The bottom station and sensor combo prices round $40. Extra sensors could be
    discovered for $22 to $40 every. I’ve had seen the most effective costs on Amazon. The
    costs do fluctuate. It can save you a number of {dollars} in case you are affected person.


#2, RFID Tags.

These have been coated earlier than so I cannot go too far into element. They’re very small microchips which might be implanted into your tree or pot for distinctive identification. That is much like a VIN quantity for a automotive or a serial quantity for a cellphones. It helps show possession and tree identification with the usage of a pet scanner. A $20 cell phone and constant pets have figuring out serial numbers, why not your $500 Black Pine? The tags are offered by a number of corporations together with us. Bontag and BonsaiChip to call a couple of.

#3, Bonsai Satellite tv for pc Monitoring Units GPS.

That is probably the most thrilling safety measure I’ve come throughout. An organization referred to as Globalstar has a spin-off LLC referred to as Spot. This firm has a few nice merchandise together with the Spot Hint. The Hint is a s small GPS machine measuring about 2x3x1 inches. The unit is waterproof. Activation and setup could be difficult however the finish result’s a dependable unit. As soon as its activated you possibly can bury it in your bonsai soil about 1/2 inch deep and neglect about it. You may program the unit to examine in through electronic mail or SMS as soon as a day. The unit will notify you within the occasion it has detected motion and permit you to observe your tree in close to actual time. You may also setup a “GEO fence”, an digital space to designated as house. As soon as the tree leaves that space you’ll be notified.

A very powerful characteristic is battery life. Earlier know-how has solely allowed for monitoring units to final about 3 stable days earlier than prices. It’s because GSM monitoring units are principally cellphones and not using a keypad. They should talk regularly with cell towers. This leads to extreme battery consumption. Different elements equivalent to variable sign, tower hand-off and machine monitoring also can trigger extra battery consumption.

No want to fret about quick battery life with the Spot Hint. This unit bypasses the entire GSM cell phone tower issues and communicated instantly with outer house. Its actually a GPS machine. How cool is that! It conserves battery energy till wanted. It solely transmits a small packet of information as soon as per day to examine in or when motion has been detected.

One other benefit is international monitoring because the machine communicates instantly with LEO satellites, not impartial telephone carriers that may have poor sign areas or solely function in particular areas.

The battery will theoretically final 12-24 months as a result of a bonsai tree is stationary most of its life requiring minimal transmissions. Its essential to make use of the producer beneficial substitute AA lengthy life batteries. These batteries value about $5 every. Spot requires two.

Spot affords nice technical help. This can be a new know-how for them. The interface could be considerably complicated. The preliminary setup can take a couple of days to grasp earlier than you’re assured to bury your monitoring machine. Its definitely worth the wait. As soon as it has been setup and you’ve got totally examined the machine you possibly can bury and neglect about it. It should examine in as soon as per day and notify you when motion is detected. It should ship location updates through the motion and notify you when the batteries have to be modified.

Value is an element. The machine has a retail value of $100. I’ve discovered them on sale for $75 and $80 every with mail in rebate. I’d advocate you buy these instantly from or a certified seller to make sure you obtain the correct guarantee and technical help. Many retailers of this product have web site coupon codes that may additional scale back the worth. The opposite expense is the service. It runs $100 per 12 months or $8.35 monthly. This can be a stable funding for collections that exceed $10 grand in worth.

Placement is essential. Only a few folks have hundred thousand greenback collections and may afford a number of monitoring units. I’d advocate you buy one unit and place it on a “bait tree”. This is able to be the tree most definitely to be stolen out of your assortment due to measurement, high quality and site.

Total it is a good funding for the superior bonsai artist. Its not a whole safety scheme. If added to different safety measures it can make for a sound funding.

If you happen to do buy this machine and have some Spot/bonsai associated questions be happy contact me from the contact web page on the web site. Common technical help from Spot can be obtainable.

Is essential to notice that this unit is marketed as waterproof however not assured towards water harm. Primary mechanical expertise are required when sealing the unit again up after a battery change.

Good luck and thanks for the continued help.

By Bonsai Jack

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