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Dec, 2018

Do Plants Need Self-Watering Planters?

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Most plants can thrive in a self-watering planter, but some plants do notably better when housed in a self-watering container. There are several key signs that your plants (and you) could benefit from a self-watering planter, such as: You often forget to water plants You tend to overwater plants Have had any issues with root rot Plants are kept at a large property that requires a lot of maintenance You’re housing plants that are finicky about their environment and don’t do well in soil that is too moist or too […]

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Dec, 2018

The Solution to Corroding Union Metal Light Bases

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Union metal light bases have been around for quite some time. Metal and steel are commonly used materials due to their strength and dependability. Yet, if you have ever dealt with metal light bases you know that they are prone to rusting and breaking down over time. These issues are especially prevalent at the base of the pole because this is where the most physical contact with the elements occur. Think of it like this, when someone knocks a light pole with a weed whacker, or a passing dog lifts […]

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Nov, 2018

The Best Bike Lane Width for Protected Bike Lane Design

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The best bike lane width for protected bike lane design varies based upon the layout of the road, existing barriers, traffic levels, and so forth. Local regulations, traffic levels, and other factors may also influence how wide bike lanes should be in a particular area. Bike lanes are most beneficial on streets with high vehicle volume (greater than 3,000 vehicles on average per day), a speed limit that exceeds 25 mph, and areas that require better separation between bikes and automobiles. There are three main classifications of bike lanes: Left-side […]

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Nov, 2018

Planters from Recycled Materials: All About Recycled Plant Pots

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Planters from recycled materials are better for the environment, and they can provide some unexpected benefits as well. Especially if you purchase TerraCast planters, but more about that later. First, we are going to jump right into the benefits of recycled plant pots. Benefits of Using Recycled Pots Reduces waste in landfills by reusing old materials and making them new again. Conserves natural resources used to make plastic from scratch Qualifies for LEED points and credits Utilizes less energy Made from durable materials—so durable, in fact, they can be used […]

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Nov, 2018

Self-Watering Planters + Other Green Landscaping Ideas That’ll Save You Time & Money

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Did you know adding something as simple as self-watering planters to your landscape design can reduce how much water you use, lighten the load on the environment, and save you time? It’s true! Our uniquely designed self-watering attachments fit inside any of our planters, creating a separate chamber for excess water to collect. As a result, plant roots aren’t left to soak in water—an occurrence that commonly leads to root rot and other issues. Designed with water-wicking technology, the water is drawn back up into the plant soil as needed. […]

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Oct, 2018

An Alternative to Union Metal Light Poles: Resin-Based Lampposts

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Today we want to discuss alternatives to Union Metal bases and Union Metal light poles. While metal is a strong material that can withstand a lot, it will without doubt corrode and break down over time. The goal when installing a lamppost is for it to last as long as possible so you get your money out of it. We took the same underlying ideologies behind our long-lasting planters to create a lamppost with the same durable properties.  Why Do Metal Post Bases Break Down? Traditional metal light bases are […]

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Oct, 2018

Post Covers vs. Light Pole Base: Which is the Best Option to Repair Your Light Poles?

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TerraCast® Post Covers and Light Pole Bases both offer an effective way to spruce up and prolong the life of existing light poles.  Our unique Post Covers are made to slip over the entire pole, while the Light Pole Base is designed to fit around the bottom, or base, of the pole. There are two key reasons why we highly recommend adding a Post Cover and/or a Light Pole Base. First of all, it enhances the appearance of the pole by providing a like-new finish. Secondly, our unique resin-blend offers […]

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Sep, 2018

The Importance of Lightweight Pots for Balconies

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Lightweight pots for balconies are key to ensuring a beautiful and safe balcony. After all, balconies are often assumed capable of supporting far more weight than they were designed for. Perhaps you’ve heard the horror stories about balconies collapsing under the weight of too many people or things. For the most part, small balconies were never intended to hold 10 people, or 15 heavy planters stuffed with large plants or small trees. Too much heavy stuff on your balcony is naturally going to decrease the amount of additional weight the […]

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Sep, 2018

The Coolest Way to Incorporate Tree Lights into Your Landscape Design

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Tree lights are a great way to add shadowing, dimension, style, and lighting to any outdoor space. From lights that physically attach to trees, to string lights that sweep through the trees, there are a number of ways you can incorporate lighting in trees. No matter what type of tree lighting you decide on, we recommend investing in LED bulbs to save money and ensure longer lasting fixtures. There are so many ways to add lighting to trees, in fact, by the end of this article you’ll be wishing you […]

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Sep, 2018

How to Prevent Light Fixtures from Rusting

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A rusted lighting fixture doesn’t look good and creates an unappealing eyesore. Luckily, there are a couple things you can do to prevent light fixtures from rusting, regardless if they are on a residential or commercial property. Why Do Lighting Fixtures Rust? Unless you invest in lighting fixtures that are resistant to rust, it can be rather difficult to prevent it from occurring. After all, rust is a natural electrochemical process that occurs when metals return to their unrefined state. For rust to occur, all it takes is a combination […]

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