Big outdoor planters are a great way to display flowers, but moving them is backbreaking. Here’s a simple way to cut the weight in half—and improve drainage at the same time.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:March 2009
A foundation of foam peanuts makes pots
easier to move and improves drainage.
Buy a bag of foam packing peanuts
instead (available at office supply stores).
Fill the pot one-third to one-half full of
peanuts, cover with landscape fabric
and then add soil. This cuts the weight
and saves money, since peanuts cost
less than good potting soil. However, a
smaller amount of soil means more frequent
watering. To slow evaporation,
cover the soil with wood mulch.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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