Container planting baskets and hayracks are such lovely garden accents, but have you seen how much the replacement liners cost? Ours had lasted about five years but were finally too tattered to look good or hold the soil in the container any more. Coco-fiber replacement liners were twenty dollars or more apiece! So I turned to burlap to get that same great natural look for a fraction of the price!
For only twenty dollars, I bought a whole bolt of burlap and relined my hayrack planters and wire hanging baskets. New pre-formed liners would have cost over eighty dollars! I lined them with newspaper, added soil and plants and mulched with the old cocoa fiber liners – so nothing was wasted. Plus, I still had lots of burlap for other projects, like making a potting sink skirt!
After two years, I did have to replace the burlap in the hayracks and would recommend putting some plastic down (with a few gaps/holes at the bottom for drainage), then adding some newspaper and topping with soil. If the burlap stays in contact with the damp soil, it breaks down much faster. The hanging baskets are in year three and still look great because I put a plastic pot of flowers in the basket on top the burlap instead.
So, now you can reline wire planting containers much more cheaply and still have that great natural look!
Here are some more container garden ideas from Our Fairfield Home and Garden!