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Populating Your Commercial Planters

Plants

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At TaylorMade Commercial we are dedicated to providing businesses and the public sector with outstanding commercial planters. Our focus is upon using the best materials, formulating amazing designs and building our products to the highest possible standard. However, once our planters are completed the direction in which you take them is up to you. Here are our top tips for populating your commercial planters with plant life.

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Consider Available Light

As even the most beginner gardener knows, the amount of light available to your plants can significantly affect their chances of survival. Some plants thrive in direct sunlight, whilst others prefer cooler and shadier environments. Choose your plants to reflect the environment that you have. For example, ferns are known to be suited to more shady areas. These will fare better in shady courtyards that hardly receive direct sunlight. Other plants, such as lavender, daisies and poppies thrive in direct sunlight. It’s worth noting the suitability of your plant life to the environment that you introduce them to.

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Choose Plants That Compliment

After considering the level of light available to your planters, it is also worth thinking about the way your plants will complement each other within their container. This is firstly relevant to the aesthetics of the planter: consider if the colours of flowers and leaves clash, or if plant height will mean that certain parts dominate, or if some plants will grow faster than others. However, this is also relevant to the maintenance required by different plants: you want to choose plants that require a similar level of maintenance and care.

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Drainage

Planters need appropriate drainage to support the plant life within them. Many gardeners consider drainage to be the most significant factor in determining whether your plants live or die. Wooden planters must be lined with a drainage material. Many people use small stones or broken crockery. The planter is then lined with a piece of plastic that will have drainage holes pierced into the bottom. The soil is packed on top of the plastic sheet, and your plants can be introduced.

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Feeding Plants

Most plants will not thrive in run-of-the-mill dirt — apart from unwanted weeds! Mix plant feed into your potting soil to provide your plants with much needed nutrients. Good soil also retains moisture better, meaning that your plants will not become dehydrated as easily. But be careful not to over-water them.

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Consider Maintenance

Installing commercial planters into your business premises can have a positive impact on your working environment. However, this is mostly the case if the planters are well maintained. Nobody wants to look at wilting or dried out plant life. When populating your commercial planters it’s a good idea to consider whether you have the time to maintain your plants of choice. Some plants grow without much assistance, such as grasses and shrubs. These could be the better choice for those without much time to spare.


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