Better Than Rocks

8" x 8" Twin Pack Case of 22

Reviews (4.8 out of 5 Grommets)

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Great Idea!

9/18/2020 by Walker

A great idea for the bottom of planters. Not only helps conserve water, but keeps the weight of the planters down.


Light weight

7/20/2020 by Cheryl

This is better than rocks because it doesn't add weight to the already heavy planter. I'm waiting to see whether I can re-use it in the same planters next year...


Potting Winner

11/1/2019 by Virginia

This is wonderful stuff, to help lighten pots....particularly large ones. Stuffing "Better Than Rocks" into the bottom of huge garden pots reduces the weight considerably. This comes two ways: a large roll and pre-cut pieces. While the pre-cut are handier, the large roll is MUCH cheaper, albeit a little difficult to cut. BUT you can cut it to the pot's specific diameter. I highly recommend...particularly if you have difficulty hauling around heavy pots.


Works very well

2/13/2019 by Mary

All my planters are flourishing



7/27/2018 by Terrie

Though expensive


Interesting item

5/3/2017 by Kim M.

I purchased two of these to use in two large 2 feet wide planter pots. I wish I purchased more-- the roll may have been better for my needs. Since I just put them in the pot with soil covering them just last week, I can't really give an assessment of whether or not they work well-- but it was easier and a lot lighter than using gravel/rocks.


I'm very glad I decided to try it!

6/21/2016 by Emily

No more smashing up old pots or hunting in the garden for rocks for drainage. This drainage material really works! It's neat and handy. Just keep some around, and you're always ready to re-pot. I'm very glad I decided to try it.


Smart idea

9/29/2015 by Valerie

This product is so easy to use & saves time by not having to scoop lots of soil into pots, & the best feature is that it is so lightweight & I don't need to lug such heavy flowerpots. Also doesn't interfere with root growth & allows for ventilation.


Good Idea

8/28/2015 by Deb

I haven't used this yet, but am thinking it will be nice. I have trouble with my back and always need to have someone help me in the fall when it is time to put things away for the winter. Now I should be able to do this on my own.



8/15/2015 by Veronica

A bit expensive but I'm hoping to reuse them next year. Bought several. They are so much better than rocks: they are very light, can be cut to fit pot and hold water.

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The Better Than Rocks Story

Better Than Rocks - Planter Drainage Material

This gardener's tool rocks

Container gardens are magical. Whether they’re made up of colorful flowers or stunning foliage, they can turn an ordinary rooftop into an urban paradise, or transform a bare front porch into an inviting retreat. Smart gardeners know that the key to keeping plants healthy is good drainage. Traditionally this means lining the bottom of planters with rocks, which makes the containers heavy and unwieldy and can quickly turn a green thumb into a pain in the back.

Enter John and Sarah Hoggatt, who discovered that the recycled plastic mesh John’s brother-in-law patented as a building material could
double as lightweight, eco-friendly drainage at the bottom of a flower pot. Better Than Rocks works just like rocks do, allowing water to flow freely, yet trapping needed moisture inside the pot. Presto! Pots are pounds lighter, making it easy to rotate them according to your plants’ sunshine needs. The result: a lush, long lasting garden you can enjoy all summer long and no more back pain. As a bonus, Better Than Rocks is also conveniently reusable. Simply shake out, hose off, and you’re ready for the next planting. Read More Read Less