The scoop on liners
By: Garden Gate staff
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All about liners
Wire hanging baskets, like the one at left, need a barrier to keep soilless potting mix and plants in place — that’s where liners come in.
Since these are usually porous, though, it means that hanging baskets will dry out quickly. Cut a piece of plastic, like a garbage or grocery bag, to fit and poke a few drainage holes into the center. Lay this over the liner before adding in potting mix to help lock in as much moisture as possible when you water.
Click ahead for more about three common materials you can use to line your wire baskets.
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Available as loose fibers or preformed liners, sphagnum moss has a soft, rustic look but doesn’t always retain moisture well. Soak loose moss in a bucket of water, then grab and squeeze handfuls to form the liner.
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Used for a variety of garden tasks, landscape fabric does a fine job holding in soil and moisture and is a smart choice if you already have a roll. Simply cut a length to fit inside your basket. Since it has a tighter weave than other liners, less water escapes, and you may not need to add a sheet of plastic before planting.
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Reusable for at least a few years, coconut fiber comes preformed in an array of sizes but can have trouble staying moist. Before planting, soak this liner in water until it easily takes on the basket’s shape.