Raised Beds: Wood vs Fabric

From plastic pots to wooden planters, the majority of gardeners have used a raised bed or container at some point in their growing history. A popular way to make a garden look good while getting all of the benefits of a raised bed is with a wooden planter box. 

Wooden planters are also one of the more expensive – and harder to get rid of – mainstays in many gardens. While it can be a great D.I.Y. weekend project, it comes with a set of problems all its own that may make your garden into more work in the long run.

If you’ve been considering a wooden planter for your garden, we’d like to suggest a GeoPlanter instead!

Here are the top 5 things a GeoPlanter offers that wood simply can’t:


Wooden planters may seem like a durable answer to your raised bed search, but over the long term, wood decays. The rate that this happens depends on the outside environment – extremes of any kind will hurry this process along, and excesses in rain or heat will wear away at the wood. GeoPlanters, on the other hand, are made with strong marine-grade stitching, and are built to withstand constant moisture and UV exposure – so they are built to last!

Root Care:

Wooden planters aren’t known for good drainage, and depending on the type and thickness of the wood, may inadvertently keep the soil over-warm on hot days. Roots are sensitive to temperature changes as well as overwatering. In comparison, GeoPlanter is designed to allow proper water drainage and to naturally keep roots cool, and GeoPlanter's fabric allows for air-root pruning to keep your roots managed. 


While carpenters and professional woodworkers may be able to put together a good-looking, custom wooden planter, the price for completing this project can add up quickly. GeoPlanters are a cost-effective option, come in multiple configurations, and are easy to assemble – forget spending the weekend measuring, sawing, and nailing!


Let’s face it – people move. Whether you’re buying a new home, renting a new one with a bigger (or smaller) yard, or changing towns – wooden planters usually get left behind. They’re difficult to take apart, would take up too much room in the moving van, and may have started to show signs of decay. By contrast, GeoPlanters are made to be durable, washable, and reusable – they’re easy to disassemble, easy to carry, and won’t take up a lot of space in the moving van or the trunk of your car. 

Seasonal Flexibility:

Technically, you can skip a season of growing in a wooden planter, but it’s still going to take up space in your yard and collect weeds. Maybe you’ve decided to try out trellis for your climbing beans, or want to focus on planting rose bushes instead. Unlike its wooden counterpart, the GeoPlanter is easy to disassemble and can be cleaned and stored away for use next season. 

After looking at the differences between a GeoPlanter and a wooden planter, it’s clear that the GeoPlanter is just what you need to get your raised bed started. Available in sizes ranging from a 35-gallon capacity all the way to 240 gallons, the GeoPlanter is great for your grow season after season!

The GeoPlanter is made from the same renowned durable geotextile fabric as the GeoPot, but in a raised planter bed that will last for years of continuous gardening. Go ahead and give GeoPlanter a try this spring!

1 comment

Georgia Grisolia

Suggestions for keeping the potting soil from one year to the next if you take the GEO products apart and wash/clean to wait for spring again. Can’t afford to buy it all again every year.

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