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Better Than Rocks

Planter Drainage Material - Jumbo Sample

Reviews (4.3 out of 5 Grommets)

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Super easy

9/22/2019 by rosemary

I used it in a flagstone planter attached to the front porch. Removed current old dirt and tar paper witch had been used for years. Tar paper is not suitable. I'm waiting for this very rainy weather to pass in order to finish the project.


Repeat buyer!

8/29/2019 by claudia

This is a wonderful product! I have purchased it in the past and it is so much easier than loading rocks into pots! Saves on soil needs as well!



6/27/2019 by Gerald

Beats the HELL out of landscape fabric and heavy, messy rocks in the bottom of your pots!! This stuff is great.



6/27/2019 by CHAD

Works great, I use this in all of our pots and planters (indoor and outdoor). Keeps the pots lighter and allows the water to drain better. Great stuff.


Easy installation for light pots!

6/21/2019 by Karen

I had 3 pots of varying sizes and one large urn to fill so I ordered the large roll Better Than Rocks! Measuring and cutting the green fiber material was really easy! As pictured on the website I put in 2 layered in each pot and three in the large urn! I have oodles left over to use in years to come. I used so much less soil and the ceramic pots were so easy to move to our screened in porch. The urn was still heavy due to its size, but still I could actually pick it up myself! My husband was impressed. The plants are doing well. They do not seem to mind at all that soil is shallower than usual! I definitely like how I can easily move the pots around. I was impressed that I could now move the urn off the front porch when it rains so it gets the benefit of rain water easily. I am impressed! I'm really like this product. Time will tell whether the plants will do well for the season and how easily the pots are to clean in the fall!


Super drainage, easy to use

4/10/2019 by Katherine

I used three packages of Better Than Rocks to line the bottoms of four extra-large planters on my deck. The material was easy to cut and fit. I used three layers in each pot and was glad for the amount of potting soil saved and for not having to deal with heavy rocks. My pots drain efficiently, and I'm very pleased with my purchase. Worth the expense.



3/26/2019 by Melanie

I have been dreading having to buy rocks for three big planters. Buying them, carrying them, putting them in to the planters . . . what a literal pain in the back!

I could not believe that these showed up on the Grommet on that day. I bought a roll immediately and will probably buy another!


container liners

6/1/2018 by Colleen

I have used this product for several years as a liner for large planting containers. It is a nice filler so it cuts down on the amount of potting soil to use. It also provides excellent drainage.


Very useful tool

5/15/2018 by Lynda



Love this

5/11/2018 by Brenda

I have been using cut up pool noodles in my pots to take up space but this product works so much better. I love it and it is easy to use.

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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