- September 7, 2019
- Posted in RESIDENTIAL PROFILE
Container gardening allows you to plant a variety of flowers, herbs, vegetables, trees, shrubs or ferns with limited space or adds mobility to plants in a larger garden. Nearly anything can be used as a planter, and each type of container has its own benefits and drawbacks. For larger plants and trees that you’re not planning to move, concrete pots could be a good option.
Concrete is a strong and durable material, and unlike wood or plastic containers that will rot or become brittle over time, concrete will last year after year. Since concrete is heavy, concrete planters are less likely to blow over in the wind or get knocked down by children, pets or lawnmowers. If you live in a damp climate, concrete won’t be ruined by prolonged rain or humidity.
Larger plants, such as trees and shrubs, require large containers to give their root systems adequate space to grow. Many concrete planters come in large sizes and are strong enough that large roots won’t break the pot. When planting flowers, herbs, vegetables or smaller plants with smaller root systems, having a large container means less root crowding and greater moisture conservation in the soil.
The thickness of concrete containers combined with their lighter colour will help protect the soil from temperature fluctuations. Darker-coloured pots tend to draw in heat and can quickly damage roots and cause the soil to dry out, particularly in hot, sunny climates.
Concrete can be stained or painted to create a range of decorative effects, or, if left bare, can develop an aged, mossy look for a more natural, classical look. Unlike plastic containers, concrete planters often have decorative elements. For a customized concrete container, add mosaic tiles to the outer surface for an extra pop of colour.
Since concrete is porous, the soil inside tends to dry out more quickly than it does in non-porous containers. Either seal the inner surface of the container with a waterproof concrete sealant or water your plants more frequently to prevent wilting. Concrete containers are heavy, and once you add soil and plants, they become difficult to move, so choose the location of your concrete containers carefully before planting.
Planters that make a statement:
Consider using large urns, and stately containers for porches that need ambience, structure, and presence. Especially around large decks, lanais, and pools, large planters can become the focal point! Plant topiaries and medium sized trees to bring visual interest to grand entryways and front porch areas. Stately planters tend to have foliage and plantings that bring vertical visual interest to a home. Also use planters in foyers, and around outdoor entertaining spaces to bring greenery and visual ‘walls’ around conversation areas.
Planters are a great opportunity to give your porch or outdoor living space a lively and welcoming ambience. Planters come in a variety of sizes, materials and heights. Consider the size and scale of your porch before purchasing planters. Often times we under or over estimate the size of our outdoor space and are disappointed with the final visual outcome. The same is true when picking the greenery for your planters. Too large or too small plantings can make your porch feel overwhelmingly small, or too large and impersonal. Planters are versatile and eye catching, add a few to your porch today.
POLYSTYRENE BLOCKS ARE USED AS BUILDING MATERIALS.
Polystyrene blocks are used in construction as permanent insulation in buildings. The blocks are energy efficient and ensure optimal insulation not only for walls of buildings, but also the roofs and even floors.
The polystyrene blocks are stacked and then the forms are filled with concrete. Building with blocks is a lot like building with the toy blocks. Once in place the blocks are used to give structure. As soon as the concrete is casted in the blocks, stability is gained. Rebars are placed in the foam blocks before the concrete is casted. The steel bars are used for reinforcement of the structure.
A specific method is used for the filling of the polystyrene blocks to prevent overflow or too much expansion. Once the concrete has become firmer, the units can be left in the exact spot. As such the foam structures are used as empty bricks and then filled with concrete.
The polystyrene is not removed afterwards simply because the material forms a sound insulation as well as act as thermal insulation. Electrical wiring and plumbing pipes can be inserted in the polystyrene. This ensures quicker installation of electricity and plumbing pipes in a building.
With the interlocking polystyrene block system an exceptionally strong, yet, well insulated building can be constructed faster than is possible with the normal brick and mortar method. The steel connectors ensure flexible reinforcement of the structure.
Construction with polystyrene blocks as shells filled with concrete holds several benefits including:
• Extremely strong structure. • Completed buildings are energy efficient as less heat escapes. • Ensures lower sound emission from activities in a building. • Fire safe materials ensure safer buildings. • Environmentally friendly and clean method of construction. • Show high wind resistance. • Mould and insect infestations are eliminated. • Recycled materials can be used to minimize the environmental footprint.
• Minimizes the risk of leakages. • Long lifespan. • The foam structures can be recycled. • Improved comfort with minimal air leakage. • Increases the sales value of a home or building. • No rotting because of damp weather. • Significant building management savings in terms of heat, airflow, and fire safety. • Since rotting is not a problem, basements can be constructed with the use of the blocks filled with concrete and rebars.
Cost and time savings are two of the most important considerations in the building industry. When building with block system it is possible to save on labour, time taken to complete the project and the overall construction costs.
The long term benefits of energy saving cannot be overstated. Environmental regulations will become stricter in future and by building with polystyrene blocks, companies can ensure that their buildings will meet environmental regulation requirements for sound pollution, energy saving, and recycle value of the materials used.