PLANTERS (CONTAINER GARDENS)
Planters reduce impervious cover (impenetrable
surfaces, such as concrete, sidewalks, parking lots, etc.) by
retaining stormwater runoff rather than allowing it to directly
drain into nearby sewers and creeks. Planters offer green
space in tightly confined urban areas by providing a soil/plant
mixture suitable for stormwater capture and treatment. They can
be used on sidewalks, parking areas, back yards, rooftops and
other impervious areas.
Contained planters are used for planting
trees, shrubs and ground cover. The planter is either prefabricated
or permanently constructed and has a variety of shapes and
sizes. Planters may range from large concrete planters to
potted plants arranged on an impervious surface. Planters
can be placed on impervious surfaces like sidewalks, back
yards, rooftops, or along the perimeter of a building in
order to catch stormwater runoff from the roof. Contained
planters may drain onto impervious surfaces through holes
in their base or by an overflow structure so the plants
do not drown during larger rain events.
Plants should be hardy and self-sustaining
native species with little need for fertilizers or pesticides.
Planters can be made of stone, concrete, brick, wood or
any other suitable material. However, treated wood should
be avoided if it leaches any toxic chemicals.
Planters can be permanently fixed in place
or easily moved around to enable you to change the look of the
planter garden that you have created. Numerous manufactured pots
and planters are available at your local hardware or landscaping
store. You can create a do-it-yourself planter to
use recycled items to create planters. Homemade planters may be
constructed by stacking and fastening wood beams or laying and
mortaring stones. There are many websites with detailed instructions
to help with this type of project, such as www.taunton.com, www.hgtv.com,
Creating a Contained Planter:
- Purchase planters at the local hardware
or landscaping store, if you are not building your own planter
- Drill holes in the bottom of the planter
if they are not already there.
- Fill the planter with soil and leave
a 12 inch area from the soil to the top of the planter.
- Choose native drought and saturation
tolerant plants and trees to plant in the planter.
- Occasionally turn or till soil to improve
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