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Pots and Winters Cold.

If you have a home you probably have a number of different kinds of garden planters to decorate with.  When winter rolls around do you know what to do to help protect those garden pots?


Here are a few tips on how to protect them during the winter months!
Terra-cotta means baked earth which means true terracotta clay pottery is naturally porous and vulnerable to harsh winter temperatures of freezing and thawing.  Even though many different kinds of planters are labeled "frost proof" they are labeled this way to be sold in certain types of geographic areas where winter weather isn't an issue.

A frostproof pot may not crack and flake if it only has to endure mild frost.  But in areas where the winter is harsh and extreme you may want to bring your terracotta pottery indoors for the season

The best thing to do is bring the terracotta pots indoors for the winter.  This can be a greenhouse specifically made for this purpose, a corner of a garage or inside a garden shed.  If you want to keep the plants in the garden pots and not clean them out then you can consider moving them indoors for a few months.  Other garden pots are to large to move and just need to be cleaned out and stored.
We recommend you remove all plant materials and soil from the garden containers.  Give them a bath in a wheelbarrow filled with water and use a wire brush to scrub them out. If the pottery is fairly clean already you can just hose them off with the garden hose.  Let them dry completely before storing them.  You can use newspaper or bubble wrap to stack them but that isn't necessary.  Stack the planters and pottery in a dry area where they will sit till next Spring.

If you don't have a garage or shed to store the terracotta clay pots in, we recommend 13398 stacking them after cleaned and dried.  Covering them with a plastic garbage bag and turn them upside down.  Place the stack under a roof eave or next to a protected wall.  The main idea is to keep the water off them so it doesn't soak into the terracotta clay pot and freeze.  Once water freezes, it expands, and that expansion is what cracks the clay pots.
It doesn't take much effort to keep your garden pottery looking great from season to season.  Just follow a few of the tips above and you will have super success.  It is worth the time!
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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 10:19:29 AM 

To Cold for Containers? NEVER!

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 13207If a material looks good and stand up to winter weather, why not reuse it from year to year?  The reusable red bamboo poles in this pot offer a strong vertical accent, while living variegated boxwood provides more vertically and a striking backdrop.

Tall, bold gestures such as these are especially important in winter designs.  People aren't as likely to stop and linger when the weather is blustery, so designs need to read well from a distance.  For this container, wrap dried magnolia leaves around African knobs - all available at dried flower retailers and craft stores.  Reconstructing natural materials and arranging them in clusters is another great way to make designs pop.

The Pot used in this photo is from the Vietnamese Black Clay line.  It is high fired and can with stand colder temps.  It will not absorb water and therefore will not freeze.  With the bright colors in the plant materials a subtle colored pot can be used with great success.
This container includes Variegated boxwood, stained red bamboo poles, African knobs, Southern magnolia and noble fir boughs.
 13208Now to enhance your winter designs with unique containers:  Look to the colorful glazes and decorative etchings on pots as a source of inspiration.  The detailed carving on this container draws the eye up to the planting, while the mahogany-stained kuwa stems and black spruce boughs continue the progression up and out.

Luckily, creating winter containers doesn't have to mean gardening in frigid temperatures.  For this container, you can fill a plastic growers pot with potting soil and arrange the planting indoors.  Once the design is finished, take it outdoors and drop it into the decorative container.

One thing to consider when using a container like this granite one shown or one of our concrete planters is that once it's filled it will be to heavy to move around so make sure it's in a place you can leave it till next Spring.

This pot has Mahogany stained kuwa stems, reed bamboo, black spruce boughs, southern magnolia, incense cedar, driftwood and winterberry.
We hope this give you some great ideas.  Stretch your imagination, apply a few of these tips and you should experience great success.
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Post Last Updated: 12/20/2016 5:07:26 PM 

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