Slick Rock Concrete Planters Care and Maintenance
Placement and Handling
- We’ve taken steps to lessen the weight of our products through sophisticated product and concrete mix design. Still, the majority of our products are extremely heavy. Take great care in transporting and moving these items. Proper equipment, processes and procedures must be taken to lessen the risk of personal or product injury. The use of forklifts, straps, pallet jacks and the like should be incorporated into our product’s final placement.
- Concrete items can be fragile and subject to damage due to improper handling. Do not set the product down abruptly of with force. EXTREME care should be taken in gentle product placement. Ignoring this will likely lead to cracking and stress fractures.
- Your concrete planter(s) has been shipped with a Stain Touch-Up Kit. Slick Rock products are topically colored as a proprietary process resulting in beautiful, vivid, and modelled color. Wearing of the topical stain or scratching may occur during transportation or installation. This in no way affects the performance or integrity of your product. We’ve enclosed this Stain Touch-Up Kit for any touch ups needed throughout the install process or for periodic care and maintenance.
- It is not recommended that you make any alteration to our products including drilling for drainage or anchoring.
Planting and Irrigation
- The use of good quality potting soil is mandatory. It is strongly recommended that potting soils formulated for the specific species of plant be used. The use of “dirt”, top soil, urban soil, etc. should never be used and can result in compromised drainage and soil expansion which will likely lead to cracking and stress fractures.
- Automatic irrigation should be monitored routinely and adjusted to ensure the soil does not become or remain overly saturated. Overly saturated soils will lead to cracking and stress fractures even with the use of quality potting soils.
- Ensure that drainage holes remain free and unobstructed. Poor drainage and lack of maintenance will lead to cracking and stress fractures.
- Pressure washers, harsh chemicals and other mechanical means should not be used to clean or care for your product as they will damage the finish and concrete surface.
- Chemical cleaners should never be used on a concrete surface as they can damage or remove the sealer. Riverbed Concrete’s General Cleaner is recommended for use when cleaning the surface. The development of a patina should be expected. This patina, created by everyday use, is a desirable attribute to our products. The patina will create a richer, more interesting visual surface.
- Occasional re-sealing may become necessary overtime to rejuvenate original visual appearance and to adequately protect the concrete surface. Re-sealing should be conducted by Slick Rock Inc. or by a concrete professional.