I have a few of those wire basket planters that came with coconut liners when I bought them, and I love them. The coco liner always looks so beautiful when freshly planted with summer annuals. But after a season or two, they start to look dingy and gray. Plus, the birds like to tear the coco fibre apart to use for building their nests in the spring. The result? Well, it’s not pretty!!
I love my wire basket planters, but they are unusable without the coconut liners. I could buy fresh replacement coco liners every spring, but that gets to be very expensive.
I couldn’t justify the cost of replacing the expensive coconut liners, so my favorite wire planter ended up sitting in the garage.
Every time I looked at it I felt sad and frustrated about the cost of the coco planter liners. It finally came to the point where I was either going to get rid of the planter, or figure out how I could make it useable again.
What To Use As An Alternative For Coconut Liners
All I needed to do was figure out a way to replace the coconut planter liners, but using a cheaper alternative material.
I racked my brain for a few weeks trying to come up with ideas. But the answer didn’t come easily, and I continued to feel frustrated.
Then one day while I was cleaning the garage, I came across a bunch of leftover landscaping fabric that was just collecting dust.
I found my solution for a cheap alternative to coconut liners.
Benefits Of Landscaping Fabric Planter Liners
When I came up with this idea, I was so excited!! Not only would this be much cheaper than buying brand new coco basket liners, it will also last much longer!
And boy was I right about that!! I came up with this idea 7 years ago, and my DIY alternative planter liners look just as great today as they did when I first made them.
Lining planters with landscaping fabric is not only cheaper, but it will last for many, many more years than the coco basket liners. And my wire basket planters or much less maintenance now since the liners don’t have to be replaced all the time.
Plus, I think the black liner look really nice too (way nicer than a dingy old gray coco liner that’s half torn apart by the birds, that’s for sure!)
Easy DIY Landscaping Fabric Planter Liner
Since the landscaping fabric isn’t stiff like coconut liners are, it took a bit more work to get the liner looking good in the baskets of my metal planter.
I decided to use a thin metal wire to attach the landscaping fabric to the metal planter baskets. That way, the fabric stays in place and the dirt won’t spill out.
I simply poked the metal wire through the liner, and then wrapped the metal around the top of the basket, filling the liner with dirt as I worked my way around the basket.
I also took the time to bunch and straighten the liner as I went around each basket so the landscaping fabric wouldn’t bunch up in one spot in the basket.
Once the fabric was attached all the way around the wire basket, I trimmed off the extra fabric around the top so it was even with the top of the metal basket.
After the baskets were filled with dirt, the liner popped into shape and my wire planter looked great again. The landscaping fabric will last much longer than a coconut liner, saving me tons of money each spring.
How to Save Money on Plants
To save myself even more cash, I decided to plant a mix of hardy succulent sedums in my new wire planter rather than using annual plants that need to be replaced every spring.
That way, I can just overwinter the hardy succulents in the garage and pull my planter out each spring to reuse year after year. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
This option didn’t cost me a cent since I used materials I already had sitting around and plants from the garden.
I am very happy with the way this turned out using my homemade coconut liner alternative, and proud of the fact that I was able to make my wire basket planter new again.
This would work great as an alternative for any type of coco liner baskets, including hanging baskets with liners, hanging deck railing planters, or replacing coco liners for window boxes.
Even if you don’t have any sitting around in your garage and you have to buy landscaping fabric to replace your coconut liners, it will still be cheaper in the long run because the landscaping fabric will last much, much longer than the coconut liners.
If you prefer the look of the coconut liners over the landscaping fabric, another great alternative wire basket liner is burlap.
A burlap liner will give you a similar look as the coco liners, but will last longer. You can buy burlap in a roll, and follow my instructions above to line your wire basket with burlap liner.
So, if you have any hanging baskets or wire baskets with liners sitting around collecting dust, give them new life with with these do-it-yourself wire basket liners!
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Have you figured out a cheap alternative to coconut liners too? Tell me about it in the comments below.