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What is a Concrete Planter?

B. Turner
B. Turner

A concrete planter is a heavy-duty garden planter designed to hold flowers and small trees. While concrete generally has a reputation as boring and dull, these planters come in a wide variety of designs and finishes. The concrete planters found in a home or outdoor space may consist of pre-cast concrete or simple homemade designs.

Depending on the size of the plant it holds, a concrete planter can range in size from very small to very large. Some models are small enough to fit on a tabletop and hold flowers, while others are large enough to hold trees and bushes. These planters may be square or round, and also come in a variety of specialty shapes and designs. A concrete planter may be designed to stand alone, or built into other structures, such as a bench or retaining wall.

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The most basic concrete planter finish consists of plain, gray concrete. The planter may have a smooth finish, or could be textured using a broom or special tool. The top and edges of the planter may be flat, rounded, or designed with intricate profiles. Some concrete planters models can even be covered with pressed stones or tiles to create a unique design.

In some applications, a concrete planter may be stamped or etched with patterns or textures. Some have designs stenciled into the exterior walls of the planter. Others are painted or stained to create the desired finish.

One of the primary advantages to these planters compared to other planter materials is their weight. The heft of a concrete planter makes it more difficult for vandals to steal or damage the planter. Its strength also allows the concrete planter to easily contain large root systems. Concrete planters also are more moisture resistant and durable than wood or composite models. These planters are also available in larger sizes than most other types of planters, making them better suited to trees or shrubs.

The size and weight of a concrete planter can also be a disadvantage for some users. This could make the planter too difficult to move, making it harder to take advantage of sunlight patterns throughout the day or season. The concrete used in these planters can also impact the quality of the plants within. Ingredients in the concrete can interact with elements in the soil to slow or prohibit plant growth in some species. Concrete planters may also require frequent resealing to keep moisture from seeping away from the soil and through the walls of the planter.

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