Container gardening is an ideal way to grow plants at home with limited space. Although you can use any pot you have, using custom outdoor planters is crucial to the success of your container garden. You choose the designs and colors that match your home’s aesthetic with personalized planter. And you can pick the right materials.
Planter Material Affects Plant Health
Identifying the plants you want to grow is vital when choosing your planter material. It should meet the requirements of your plants. Ornamental or decorative plants, for example, may have fewer requirements than edible plants.
The wrong kind of planter has an impact on the health of your plants. Some materials contain chemicals that the soil can absorb, damaging the plant in the process. Using old tires for your edibles, for instance, has been a subject of debate due to its safety.
Tire gardening is an excellent environmentally-friendly solution to pollution. Despite that, planting your vegetables in tires is too risky. Tires have chemicals and metals that shouldn’t be in your body. Once they reach your garden, tires will gradually erode and breakdown while the chemicals leach through the soil and your herbs, vegetables, or fruits.
Ideal Materials for Outdoor Planters
Materials for outdoor planters come in a wide selection. Each delivers different levels of performance, depending on your plants and the temperature.
Here are the three common materials to choose from:
Terracotta or Wood
This clay-based material is common for container gardening. The clay-based material’s warm orange color blends well with almost anything in your garden. But it can be cumbersome to move from one place in your garden to another. The material may break easily, too.
Wood, meanwhile, can last for years, depending on the type of wood, construction, and maintenance. Cedar is an ideal choice for wood planters because it’s durable. This type of wood, however, can be costly. Planters with this material tend to also be high maintenance because you have to reseal them from time to time to extend their lifespan. They are likely to decay easily without proper maintenance.
So both materials have their advantages and disadvantages. What if you had a third option, one that answers all of your gardening needs without the usual problems?
A Better Choice
You can find beautiful and durable plastic planters in the market. They are lightweight and come in various shapes and styles. Plastic planters are diverse; some are designed to mimic other materials, such as terracotta, stone, and concrete. They are more affordable than other materials and they last longer.
Plastic planters can resist damage like cracking. But choose high-quality plastic planters because poorly made ones tend to fade and turn brittle in the sun. Good quality planters made with materials that can withstand any season will allow you to get the most of your purchase.
Choose Durable, Lightweight Planters
PolyStone Planters offers beautiful, lightweight, stone-like planters built to your requirements. You can move our planters around easily to finish your job on time. We use materials that make our planters resistant to mold, mildew, and stains. They can also withstand harsh outdoor conditions.
Contact us today to learn more.