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.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
- Foam packing peanuts
- Landscape fabric
- Potting soil
- Wood mulch