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Prepare for Planter Pots

Planter pots are a great amenity in most any landscape.  Whether it’s taking advantage of a small area or enriching a large area, planter pots offer a way to individualize your landscape.  Leaking Pot

 

It is not uncommon to think about adding your pots at the end of the project, but I encourage planning when it comes to this item.  The two primary goals of planning for your pots are; “get the water in automatically”, and “get the water out automatically”.  To get the water in I recommend drip irrigation coming up through the drain hole in the bottom of the pot.  It is also a good idea to consider a dedicated station on your irrigation clock as planters tend to need more water than plants in the ground.  Drip circle for container-photo

 

Getting the water out automatically can take some planning, but is well worth.  As you see in the photo above, this installation did not plan how to drain this planter pot.  Sadly this photo is from the new Transit Center at 30th and Pearl in Boulder.  The project is still under construction, and you can see they already have a problem on their hands.  This type of staining also can cause a slip hazard, which may leave a property owner liable if someone slips and falls.  holes for planter

 

So please continue to consider planter pots in your garden design, but don’t forget to plan ahead.

-Jim Haswell, Senior Landscape Designer

Boulder County Home & Garden Fair at the 29th Street Mall

Jim at 2015 Garden Fair booth

Ecoscape’s head landscape designer, Jim Haswell, shares a conversation with a cheerful attendee. Owner, Bill Melvin and designer Laura Green, were also on hand at Ecoscape’s booth.

It’s been raining, raining, raining…but on Saturday, May 16, the sun came out to cloudless skies and Boulder embraced a perfect May morning.  Ecoscape joined 40 other vendors for the 8th annual Boulder County Home & Garden Magazine’s Garden Fair at the 29th Street Mall.  Our friends from Harlequin Gardens and Farm Tub were there too.  Ecoscape’s plant filled and colorful booth was right next to the good folks from Mountain Mist Pool and Hot Tub.  Lucky for us they were grilling up a storm on their Green Egg Grills and sharing samples.  At Western Disposal’s booth, they were distributing info on their recycling programs and Green ‘N Gro compost.  Linda Wigod, the marketing executive for the magazine had arrived at 3:30 in the morning (!) to make sure the event got set up properly and was still chipper by the afternoon.  Editor, Carol Brock and husband Tom Brock made the Garden Fair possible, with their continued dedication to publishing the best in beautiful homes and sustainable gardening around Boulder County.  Many Thanks !

~Karina Z