"Understanding Your Home" by Building Inspector Mark Visser
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Plants and flowers grown in planters, require more attention than plants growing in a regular garden. Usually there is less soil, fewer nutrients and more water loss through evaporation. To keep plants healthy it is important to use fertilizer pellets mixed with potting soil during planting, to loosen compacted soil and to keep the soil moist at all times. If possible water your plants with water collected in a rain barrel as it contains more nutrients than tap water


Planters will enhance your home's "Curb Appeal"

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Two properly sized planters placed on the front stoop and flanking the front entrance can be impressive and enhance the appearance of any home.
Shapes and sizes.
Garden planters come in a wide varity of shapes and sizes. Home made wooden planters are often square or rectangular shaped while store bought planters and pots can be round, oval or cone shaped.
The urn shaped planter is very popular. They come in many sizes but getting the right size is important. It just doesn't look right if they are too large or too small.

TIP. Don't add soil yet! Place the empty planters, with a few dead branches, sticks or whatever, near the front entrance. Stand back or walk down the road or sidewalk to see if they "fit". If necessary exchange planters for smaller or larger ones.

Common materials
Planters can be used indoor as well as outdoors. Not all planters and pots are suitable for outdoor use. The most common types of materials used are: steel, copper, aluminum, vinyl, wood, wrought iron, fiberglass, ceramic and concrete.

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