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Caddies Will Save Your Back and Your Plants

By mcash70
December 7, 2011

To easily move and prevent large planters from staining the deck or patio, purchase plant caddies. They come in assorted sizes.

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Aguane
Dec 6, 2011 6:46 PM CST
...on the patio.
I agree I love this idea. I have several big pots on wheel coasters. Really makes life easier. I find that some are better quality than others... as with everything. One brand I have the rollers rusted. WD-40 to the rescue. I'll avoid buying this type again.

Recommend this idea highly!
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Marilyn
Dec 6, 2011 7:44 PM CST
Excellent idea!

Sometimes we get a late freeze/frost in the Spring or an early freeze/frost in the Fall and they would be great for the big heavy containers I have at the end of the driveway, They would be better than having to try and cover everything. I could just roll them into the garage. Thumbs up

Where do you get them at? Where do you get good quality ones at?

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quietyard
Dec 6, 2011 8:15 PM CST
Let's see I will need over 200 plant caddies ! Rolling my eyes. Good idea Margaret, had I done this I might have less back pain. Hilarious!
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Aguane
Dec 6, 2011 8:45 PM CST
I've purchased them at the big box garden, home supply, hardware stores. Home Depot, Ace, Lowe's, nursery, etc. Just be aware of the possible rust issue on some on the metal wheels. And, if you put WD-40 or rustoleum on the wheels, don't do it on the patio. It will stain the concrete. Spray it off the patio and don't put it back onto the patio until it's totally dry. No dripping or seeping.
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plantladylin
Dec 6, 2011 8:54 PM CST
I've used plant caddies for quite a few years but the only ones I can find locally are the plastic type which seem to wear out and disintegrate quickly. I've been saying the past few years that I'm going to buy wood and casters and make my own ... one of these days I might just get around to it! Smiling
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mcash70
Dec 6, 2011 9:13 PM CST
Great comments everyone! Thumbs up I bought mine at Home Depot, the frame is metal and the wheels are a combination of plastic and metal, they come in a variety of sizes. So far I have had only one wheel break in 5 years.

Susie I like the idea of the WD40 on the wheels. Thumbs up

Linda it's time you started buying caddies for your large planters! Whistling Big Grin
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Marilyn
Dec 6, 2011 10:36 PM CST
I would need a lot of caddies also for all my containers. Blinking I can just see DH telling me; "no, you can't buy them all at once!" or "no, you can't buy half of them all at once either!" Crying

Hilarious! Thumbs up
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Skiekitty
Dec 6, 2011 10:39 PM CST
actually, an idea is to make your own. Watch Craigslist/Freecycle for old broken skateboards, use 4 2x4s to make a small square, put the 1 set of wheels on each corner, wala. Plant caddies are awesome, but expensive and I don't like the plastic ones. They don't hold up to extreme heat w/o getting brittle and my cold causes them to shatter. :(
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tarev
Dec 7, 2011 10:31 AM CST
I have been using plant caddies on some of my outdoor plants, usually the metallic ones. It makes fall clean-up a lot easier for me. I got mine either from Home Depot or Walmart. Sometimes it comes with a plastic container too, but I just remove that plastic part so the water will drain easily. Indeed, this plant caddies are very effective, especially with the big vases that I use, just make sure to measure the diameter of the caddy well, you would not want your vase to topple over when there are strong winds, if the caddy is too big for the vase.

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