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Pros & Cons Of A Concrete Planter

Pros & Cons Of A Concrete Planter

Fireplace Doors Online is excited to feature our vast array of concrete planters! Just like any material, there are pros and cons to using precast products for your outdoor garden displays. Learn all about these perks and precautions, then discover the different types of planters that we have!

Pros & Cons Of A Concrete PlanterPROS

  • Long lasting! Concrete planters that are well-made (such as our durable and gorgeous precast line) will last for decades. Unlike some concrete products that are poured into a mould and then painted, our skilled manufacturers hand blend a color additive into the precast mixture so that the shade is consistent throughout the planter. This means if the surface gets accidentally chipped, you won't see a glaring white or grey blemish staring at you - just another layer of the same color!
  • Strong, functional, and kind to the environment! Concrete planters are solid and offer the ideal heat insulation for growing plants. Because they last so long, they are considered environmentally friendly.
  • Choices galore! We offer a wide variety of designs, patterns, sizes, and styles for you to choose from! Whether you are looking for something small and quaint, or something with a little more character, we have many options for you to consider! 

 

CONS

  • They are big! Concrete planters tend to be quite heavy and may require you to set the planter on a slab or sturdy foundation. In addition, if these planters are accidentally bumped or knocked over, they may break easily.
  • Extra preparation before planting. Poured concrete products need to be left outside to be rained on a few times before placing soil in them for your flowers, shrubs, herbs, and veggies. This allows any additives from the dyes and manufacturing process to "leach out" of the concrete. Otherwise, the pH of your soil can be increased to a level that could be less than beneficial to your plants. 
  • Winter maintenance may apply. For those that live in the freeze-thaw conditions areas, concrete planters that are left outside in the winter can crack or break if proper precautions are not taken. If you are using your planter for annuals, it is advised that you move the concrete product indoors. For perennials, we recommend completely emptying the planter, rinsing it out, and letting it dry thoroughly (perhaps even covering it for the season). Any moisture left inside the planter, or trapped in the air pockets displayed on these poured concrete products, will expand and contract under freeze-thaw conditions. This process can lead to cracking and breaking of the planter.

It goes without saying, anything left outside in the elements can show signs of deterioration and fading from the sun over time. While our products are high quality and designed to withstand Mother Nature, they can succumb to these signs of aging after a few years. There is good news, though! To keep your concrete planter looking marvelous year after year, we recommend brushing on a concrete sealer (available at most hardware stores) to protect your product. This will help protect it from UV rays and atmospheric conditions. Take an extra step further and browse through our heavy duty vinyl fire pit covers that can also be used to protect your concrete planter! 

Click here to browse through our entire collection of Concrete Planters!

Last updated on August 7th 2019.

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