Planters, Edging and the Connect System™
Connecting the Dots…
It is no simple task to conceive a well-designed planting space. Imagining the ultimate results while keeping all fabrication possibilities in mind requires a keen eye. Deco Planters’ full line of planting structures facilitates the design and layout process. With our wide range of options, there is a solution for every challenge.
The standard planter line is the go-to for every design that requires individualized planting areas or if the ability to lift or relocate the planter is desired.
The Connect System™ is designed for sites that require customized, continuous planting runs.
The Connect Planter System is manufactured with walls and a complete bottom while the Connect Edging System consists solely of a structural wall with a bottom flange. Read on to determine which one suits your needs best.
Open or Closed
Connect Planter System: Support for the Base
Ideal for narrow width planting, regardless of the length, the Planter System is the obvious choice when your plant or tree roots must be enclosed. Many public spaces, such as rooftops or cityscapes, have this requirement.
If you’re planting on pavement, decking or atop utilities, you want your plant roots to be contained.
In spots where irrigation or waterproofing isn’t feasible, you need that bottom, too.
Connect Edging System: Open to Growth
Do you want your plants directly rooted in the ground? The Connect™ Edging System is open to the earth below, making it the optimal choice if you need to enclose an existing or upcoming tree.
If your planting design is long and wide, this system works best.
The sections are delivered long and thin, making for easy handling and storage.
The Cost + Assembly Link
Connect Planter System
The cost of the planter system may be higher than that of an edging system; however, the difference may be chalked up in the installation. Assembling the planter system is simple, leaving little room for surprise installation costs.
Most of the time, assembly will not interfere with site construction. The system can simply be fixed on the FFL or pre-existing structures without sweat. And, being that it is typically mounted after all else has been set in place, the installation costs are not greatly affected.
Connect Edging System
Although edging generally requires thicker material, the product cost is lower than the planter system. However, assembly is more involving, generating higher installation costs.
The Edging System usually needs to be mounted while the general construction process onsite is still in progress. Extra care is required after installation to avoid damage that may occur from other site work. These complexities often causes hidden costs to arise during installation.
Frequently, the edging needs to be secured to a concrete foundation for stability and this increases the installation costs as well.
After all is said and done, edging systems will often be more cost efficient than planter systems.
Is it a Match?
When the Planter System is not Ideal
One thing to consider when planning a planter system is the bulky delivery. The segments are large and may be complicated to handle, move or store.
You may want to take this into consideration if, for example, the only way to get your planters to your site is via a relatively small elevator or narrow passageway.
Optimal and Not-So-Optimal Edging Settings
You may choose the edging system where site constraints don’t permit the bulkier planter system. But you probably won’t choose edging if you are planting at a spot where the plants are not able to lay directly on earth.
In cases where both systems are a possibility for your site, the Deco Planters team can help you ascertain which one is the best fit. With ultimate results for your planting scheme in mind, our experts are happy to review your options with you.