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Looking After Terracotta Pots

Oct 25, 2007
Many people who want to achieve a contemporary garden design opt to display terracotta pots as they make a beautiful and modern addition to any yard. However, just like with anything, care needs to be taken when handling and looking after the pots in order to ensure they maintain the longest life possible.

Although terracotta pots are frost resistant and can withstand freezing cold temperatures, the correct care needs to be taken in order to ensure that this doesn't happen. In severe weather conditions frost damage can occur if the pots have become waterlogged as a result of bad drainage. This is due to the water freezing and expanding and then consequently causing the pots to crack and break. A way to prevent this from happening is to use bubble wrap or thin foam to line the interior of the pots before planting them. This is simple, easy and you can't even see it so it doesn't affect your contemporary garden design.

Another way to protect your terracotta pots during the winter months is to place plastic planters inside the pots so they can be removed during the cold weather. This way the terracotta pots can be easily moved to frost free areas which guarantees that they will not break. Once it starts warming up you can then easily put the plants back in the pots and add them to your contemporary garden design.

Due to its natural elements terracotta pots may start to create a whitish dust over time. This is due to the salts within the clay that sometimes seep through the glaze and exterior surface. Although this is normal you can wipe away the salts if you don't like the look it gives or simply leave it for the rain to wash away.

You may wish to change your contemporary garden design over time or simply want to rearrange your garden. As terracotta pots are fairly lightweight this is easy enough to do but care must be taken when doing so. If your pots are large it is sensible to ask someone to help you move them because you may drop and break them. Do not roll them on their feet because this will cause damage to the rims and put extra weight on them which could cause them to break off.

If these pots are well looked after then they will have a very long life span. This is one of the many reasons that people choose to have terracotta pots as part of their contemporary garden design.
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