large urn filler

sugahoopsJune 18, 2013

I just got two large 35" urns. I obviously do not want to fill it with dirt. I know of filling it with shipping peanuts, but even this is not the right choice for me. I am going to plant Yew Shrubs in them so I will not be replanting them year after year. Any suggestions on what to put in the bottom half of these big planters?

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WBDB(Sunset 19 USDA 10a)

I use pea gravel or 3/4 rock. both are cheap and heavy. I like heavy filler for larger containers for wind stability. You probably won't be moving it around too much. I have read about some drainage concerns with the soil media / filler interface, but it has not been a problem for me. When you said dirt, I am assuming you meant Potting soil.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 3:04PM
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sugahoops

I never thought of using rock - good idea. I was considering filling the bottom half with empty plastic bottles ?? Then the yes use potting soil for the top half.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 5:26PM
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sugahoops

I never thought of using rock - good idea. I was considering filling the bottom half with empty plastic bottles ?? Then the yes use potting soil for the top half.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 5:27PM
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WBDB(Sunset 19 USDA 10a)

Urn to me means tall rather than squat. Add to that the top heavy weight of the plant, and it's wind resistance makes it a candidate to fall over in wind. I move these types of plantings with a two wheeled dolly and use a bungee to hold the plant steady on the dolly.

I don't think a lightweight bottom filler in a tall pot will be good for stability.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 6:08PM
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