Sustainable Design: Bins
Office: 2699 Tigertail Avenue, #54, Miami, FL 33133
Sustainable Design: Planters
Mariner wood planters are based on our unique proprietary trademark aluminum leg design which channels the tremendous expansionary forces generated by wet wood, ensuring their durability for generations to come.
The high-volume rectangular and square shape Mariner planters are a cost-effective modern addition to the design pallet of landscaping professional and urban gardeners alike.
Lightweight, they are well-suited for balcony and green roof installations, as well as pool decks, lobbies, restaurants and walkways.
Unlike most wooden planters that are screwed or bolted together, our planters will last for decades.
We stock four species of tropical hardwoods that have been used in outdoor applications for centuries. Because wood is a natural material, there is variation in grains and color within the same species. The samples pictured below give you an idea of the range of color for each type of wood. We will be happy to send samples.
While Lyptus is a plantation-grown Eucalyptus hybrid, and does not entail cutting old growth rain forest, it is a mono-culture grown on previously deforested areas. Please give serious consideration to our no-maintenance Recycled Plastic Lumber.
Our liner-inside-a-planter-box design allows installation of thriving flower gardens, hedges, and trees, even on south and west-facing exposures.
Recycled Plastic Lumber requires no maintenance, making it a very popular choice for condominiums and businesses, especially restaurants.
Trash and recycling receptacles and a Perfect Bench complete DeepStream's RPL Collection
as seen in the photo at right.
Mariner planters in wood, or recycled plastic lumber as seen in the photo at left, can be built to any dimension using DeepStream's proprietary marine aluminum leg.
As seen in the photo at right gates are an option that can be added to recycled plastic lumber and hardwood planters as well as multi-section planters.
The tough recycled plastic liner within the planter box ensures your planters' and plantings' longevity, while the side wall drain and 3-part drain pack deliver modern drainage solutions to one of container gardening's toughest problems. Reservoir liners, below, are also available.
While enjoying your outdoor wood planters keep in mind that drainage is critical to the health of your plants grown in containers, and it is very difficult to remedy after the fact. Generally more "tended" plants die from drowning than from lack of water. "Old School" drain holes on the bottom and "gravel" drainage medium simply do not work and will quickly clog.
DeepStream pioneered modern drainage practices with side-wall drains and 3-layer drain packs. DeepStream places from one to three 3/4" threaded drainage ports on its 12 stock proprietary plastic planter liners, to which various plugs, hose barbs and valves may be attached. Liners are non-structural and are meant to be placed inside planter boxes.
Depending on your plants, planting mixture, and local weather, you may need to add more drains. Additional drain holes can be added as required by drilling additional holes in the side walls. DeepStream installed drains are centered about 2" above the bottom to allow the clay "fines" in planting mediums that are responsible for clogging to settle to the bottom.
Standard ABS liners and custom-welded liners come without drain holes, but they may be drilled as required. Reservoir liners come with one drain port, and more cannot be added.
If your planters will not be dug up and replanted every year then we strongly recommend adding Drain Filter Packs for each drain.
A three-part filter combines the waffled plastic backing of TREMdrain, three layers of filter fabric, and Biobarrier buttons to inhibit root growth.
They may not stop aggressive root systems like Bamboo and Clusia.
Filter packs, when used in conjunction with clean 1-2 mm inorganic drainage material to slow the flow of the water to the drain, could prevent clogged drains for a decade or more.
DeepStream Designs builds all of our planters to order, and we can build almost any size from 18” – 72” long and 12” – 60” wide. We stock two standard leg heights: 21” and 31”. We also have a T-leg which we use to build multi-section planters when larger sizes are needed. We have done projects which require taller legs, including 42” and 60”, but those are custom orders with a longer lead time.
We can build planters in a variety of materials, from solid tropical hardwoods (Jatoba, Lyptus, Ipe and Cumaru) to Recycled Plastic Lumber (RPL - five colors) to stone laminates, copper and resin panels.
The table below shows budget pricing* for our twelve stock sizes (price includes liner and drain filter pack). We offer a 5% discount for 5-9 units, 10% discount for 10+ units.
Planters made with Recycled Plastic Lumber are typically less expensive and require almost no maintenance.
*BUDGET PRICES are subject to change without notice.
For budgeting, our multi-section planters with a 21.5” height run approximately $230-$245/linear foot for recycled plastic lumber, and $260-280 for solid hardwoods, including commercial-grade molded plastic liners. For a 31.5” height, add approximately 20-25%.
Our planters will last for decades, offering the lowest cost of ownership over time, and are designed so that they can be disassembled in future years to have parts replaced, should that be necessary – they won’t rot away like traditional wood planter boxes.
We find that most projects we quote are for custom sizes, so if you send us the sizes, quantities and finish you are looking for, we’ll be happy to put together a quote for any project you are working on.
Planters are available with casters, security clips, trellis attachments, gates, and screen wall.
All natural tropical hardwood will turn a light gray color and show stains and mold spots if not treated with a waterproofing and UV protector several times a year. This treatment will make all wood darker over time.
Given the time and expense necessary to keep natural hardwood looking good, and the damage done to the rain forests to harvest it, versus the "set and forget" ease of using recycled plastic lumber, you should give serious thought to which you will select for your project.
DeepStream Designs will, in case of damage or an unacceptable degradation in finish, replace any metal component, plastic caps, plastic feet, lid retaining straps, bungee cord, and most other components of our products at manufacturer’s cost, plus shipping, for any planter box we make. All components of our products are recyclable, so under this program, major components, such as aluminum legs and stainless steel lids must be returned to DeepStream for recycling. Please call Sheila at 305-857-0466 to make arrangements for replacement parts.
The aluminum extrusions, stainless steel lids, and fasteners used in planters that DeepStream manufactures are guaranteed for the life of the structure against defects in manufacturing, materials and workmanship. Our multi-section planter frames are guaranteed for life against structural defects.
The panels made from rigid materials or fabrics are the customer’s selection and retain the manufacturer’s warranty for those materials, which will vary by manufacturer. We will be happy to provide warranty information for products and components that we do not manufacture.
Aluminum extrusions and stainless steel fasteners have been used in the yachting industry for decades. The etched marine anodized finish of the aluminum extrusions is a durable finish, created especially for coastal environments (Alumilite 215/A41 with surface preparation C22). The 3/4" tropical hardwoods we select have been used in exterior applications such as docks, decks and boat construction for centuries. These woods have decades of life expectancy, although they can be affected by mold, mildew, dry rot and drying.
The primary failure for wooden planters is the joining of wood components to each other. Wood has been used for centuries to split stone because of its tendency to expand when wet. DeepStream has designed its products with heavy aluminum extrusions to join these components in such a way that allows the wood to expand and contract naturally to withstand the test of time. We assemble these products using a proprietary bedding compound in the wood for screw holes to prevent rot, and proprietary dielectric paste for stainless steel fasteners to aluminum extrusions to avoid galvanic action that can cause them to seize over time.
Environmental conditions and maintenance, or lack thereof, will affect the life expectancy of the finish of our products, and as such, no warranty is given on the finish, but we do offer the Core Replacement Program to assist in keeping our planters, recyclers and structures looking fresh.