Better Than Rocks

Planter Drainage Material - Jumbo Sample

Reviews (4.4 out of 5 Grommets)

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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.


Best potting invention

7/31/2016 by Judith

I am SO pleased with the purchase of Better Than Rocks. This product is practical, convenient and best of all ~ reusable!
My window box planting seems to be doing great with the Better Than Rocks. I even tried it in a repotting of my houseplant. I used the small pieces and corners left over from pots. I have plenty left from the generous roll.


planter drainage material

11/7/2015 by Peggy

I wanted to try this in the large pots I had outside, but got carried away with the indoor plants instead. I purchased because I was tired of rocks falling out of my pots. I like working with it and will buy more for my other pots.


Better Than Rocks

6/8/2015 by Robert

Works great to take up space in the bottom of a large planter.


Great product

5/26/2015 by Claudia

This material works great to keep dirt and rocks from blocking drain holes. Makes planters much lighter and can be cut to fit any size and shape. Uses much less potting soil and is reusable.



4/5/2014 by Antoinette

This is so much easier and more useful than all the gravel and rocks we have gone through.

I can lift the pots now!

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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