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Customer Stories for Concrete Planter

Story 1 for Concrete Planter
By:Anonymous
Posted: August 24, 2016
Great tutorial, though how can I make a hole for drainage while the concrete is drying?
Thank-you for your time
Response from Lowe's:By LCI Web TeamAugust 24, 2016
Hi there! It looks like you may have missed Step 6, which explains how to do this.
Story 2 for Concrete Planter
By:catdot
From:Vancouver, WA
Posted: January 26, 2016
I would like to plant clumping bamboo in a concrete planter. What height of planter would I need to make to get a clump started? The 5 gallon planter doesn't seem quite big enough.
Response from Lowe's:By LCI Web TeamJanuary 29, 2016
Hi, thanks for your question! Clumping bamboo is a good choice because it does better in pots than the more aggressive running bamboo. Generally, it’s best to have a container that is wider than it is tall. A concrete planter will have plenty of heft but it will be hard to move around, especially if you need to take the potted bamboo to winter storage. A 5-gallon container does sound kind of small for most bamboos. Something between 15- and 20-gallons would be better. If you decide to use a lighter weight container (such as reusing a plastic nursery pot), consider lining the bottom with rocks to give it more stability.
Story 3 for Concrete Planter
By:CoryDW
From:Northern NJ
Posted: August 9, 2015
I would like to make a large concrete bowl as a firepit. Would you recommend following the same instructions for that application? Thanks.
Response from Lowe's:By LCI Web TeamAugust 11, 2015
Hi there, thanks for your question. A large bowl-shaped casting presents two problems. First, the larger the object, the more it may need reinforcement with rebar or some type of mesh. That complicates the process considerably. Second, there's no way to predict the effect a roaring fire will have on the cast concrete, even if it's reinforced. You may be better off digging a shallow, dish-shaped fire pit and lining it with sand and fire bricks.
Story 4 for Concrete Planter
By:Dave19148
From:Philadelphia, PA, USA
Posted: January 13, 2015
This is directed at the person who asked about wasting buckets. Go to your local Duncan Donuts, they use 3 and 5 lb buckets which they then throw away, at least you can put them to good use. I successfully made an upside down tomato garden with these buckets hanging in my backyard which is very small, so I had to get creative on growing space.
8 of 8 found this story helpful.
Story 5 for Concrete Planter
By:JMie
From:Washington, DC, USA
Posted: September 2, 2014
Do you have any videos on papercrete. Your tutorials are superior to anyone elses. I have other recipes but would trust yours so much more for my very first attempt with this medium. Thanks.
3 of 3 found this story helpful.
Response from Lowe's:By LCI Web TeamSeptember 2, 2014
That is quite the compliment-- thank you! No how-to's on papercrete at this time, but we'll keep it in mind going forward. Thanks again!
Story 6 for Concrete Planter
By:Mom1bs
Posted: August 25, 2014
I have a few questions so I hope you experts can help!
Do you recommend sealing these planters?
What size masonry bit do you recommend?
Are there any issues with air bubbles? Should I poke the concrete between the buckets with a thin dowel or something?
Personally, I like the idea of casting them with a pipe inside to make a drain hole, but it seems it would be a bit tricky to keep the pipe upright in the mold when you are squishing the inner bucket down.
Thank you.
1 of 1 found this story helpful.
Response from Lowe's:By LCI Web TeamAugust 26, 2014
Hi there! Thanks for your questions. We didn't seal our planters, but you could. They'll get darker where they are wet if you don't seal them. So, it comes down to your personal preference. Our mixture was very soupy and wet, so we didn't have problems with air bubbles. And, the size of the drill bit doesn't matter. If you use a small one, we suggest drilling multiple holes for drainage. Best of luck! Let us know how they turn out.
Story 7 for Concrete Planter
By:digger1267
From:Mississippi
Posted: April 16, 2013
There are also recipes for Hypertufa all over the internet. Mixing pearlite and peat moss with portland cement makes it a lot lighter and easier to handle.
32 of 32 found this story helpful.
Response from Lowe's:By LCI Web TeamApril 18, 2013
Thanks for the suggestion! We've featured some stories on hypertufa. Check these out:

http://www.lowes.com/creative-ideas/woodworking-and-crafts/make-hypertufa-pots/project

http://www.lowes.com/creative-ideas/lawn-and-garden/hypertufa-table/project
Story 8 for Concrete Planter
By:DIRTDEVIL
From:ALABAMA
Posted: April 16, 2013
Concrete paints easily and some of the bright new colors look wonderful on it. You can paint a base color and then stripe it with the great new patterned Duck Tape or cut individual patterns from the tape and stick them on the painted or unpainted pot. Using the tape makes it easier to change the colors if you want. Be aware that the concrete absorbs the paint readily so painting a base coat or sealer on first is a good idea.
7 of 7 found this story helpful.
Response from Lowe's:By LCI Web TeamApril 18, 2013
Thanks for the helpful tips!
Story 9 for Concrete Planter
By:Anonymous
From:Wasilla, AK 99654, USA
Posted: April 15, 2013
I have done this type of application using items like old jello molds bought at the antique store also cut a round hole in a childs rubber ball and filled it then cut it up. But the jello mold has been used many times. just use loads of veg. spray. I have also added a very loose concrete surrey to the outside of item after it has dried. I then added old sea glass or shells anything that u might collect. Glass beads are so pretty. I love making things with concrete. I have made bird baths, benchs and tiki statues. Added concrete pigment is always a good thing.
16 of 16 found this story helpful.
Response from Lowe's:By LCI Web TeamApril 16, 2013
Thanks for sharing all of those awesome ideas! We'd love to see pictures sometime.
Story 10 for Concrete Planter
By:outdoorsgal
From:Ohio
Posted: April 9, 2013
What about adding color to the pots.
3 of 3 found this story helpful.
Response from Lowe's:By LCI Web TeamApril 18, 2013
Check out this helpful comment another reader posted:

"Concrete paints easily and some of the bright new colors look wonderful on it. You can paint a base color and then stripe it with the great new patterned Duck Tape or cut individual patterns from the tape and stick them on the painted or unpainted pot. Using the tape makes it easier to change the colors if you want. Be aware that the concrete absorbs the paint readily so painting a base coat or sealer on first is a good idea."
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