When it’s time to replace the car tires , you do not need to immediately throw away the old ones. They are wonderful for planting and can decorate the garden in bright colors. We explain how to plant car tires with the help of instructions and give you a few design ideas for the garden.
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Planting car tires with edible plants?
Especially those who like to plant small vegetable beds in tubs will surely ask themselves whether edible plants are also suitable for tires. Don’t tires give off pollutants as they gradually decompose? Yes, tires contain chemicals and metals that are harmful to the body. For this reason, they are not recommended as containers for edible plants. Therefore, for fruits and vegetables, it is better to leave it at the classic bed or raised bed made of harmless materials, and prefer to plant tires only ornamental plants. But even then you should keep in mind that the pollutants will get into the soil. Therefore, if you decoratively plant car tires, it is best to choose a place in the garden that you will not design with useful plants in the future.
The advantage of planting car tires is that the plants in the tires will need less water and fertilizer than, for example, in a normal bed. In addition, the tires warm up quickly and then pass this heat through the soil to the plants.
Make flower pots from old tires yourself
Planting car tires – instructions
And when it comes to using the tires for planting, you can get really creative. After all, they can be used not only individually like tubs. You can also stack them staggered to create a low wall or even create a pyramid and then plant the car tires. Also, two or three car tires stacked on top of each other are suitable for use as flower pots. Do you want the tires to decorate not only the garden , but also the terrace? How about hanging them on the wall and then planting the car tires?
For this, simply fill the lower part with a drainage layer and above it with potting soil and you can put the flowers inside. Since this type of planter has no drainage holes, you should always water sparingly – despite the drainage layer! Alternatively, you could wedge a small board inside and simply spread small flower pots on it or place the pots directly in the tire. If your planted car tire decoration will hang freely in the garden, you can of course add drainage holes with the help of a drill.
If you want to use the tires as a flower bed or raised bed, proceed as with the raised bed: Lay a drainage layer and then fill the cavity with high-quality potting soil or a mixture you make yourself. Then you can plant your hoop bed.
Feel free to provide the hoop with a plywood board that you drill into the hoop. You can line the inside with a permeable fabric to keep potting soil from falling through any holes or cracks. Then fill it up with soil, after which you can plant the car tire. This option is also good for terraces, balconies or even indoors. To avoid overwatering, we recommend drought-loving plants that you need to water sparingly.
Wavy or jagged edges
You can spice up tires not only with colors , but also by waving or serrating the edge. With chalk or a pencil, simply draw out the desired pattern and carefully cut the edge along the line with a jigsaw or sharp knife. You can now plant the car tire or paint it beforehand. Another variant is to turn the tire once upside down, which will give you a bucket. The cut off part is suitable as a foot and can be glued to the tub.
Painting planters from car tires.
Not only that – since tires aren’t exactly pretty to look at, it would also be a great idea if you painted planted car tires. Whether monochrome or with beautiful patterns and motifs – there are no limits to your imagination and in this way the project also turns into a fun activity for children . After all, what child does not love to work with colors? To paint the tires, you should first apply an oil or shellac primer. Then it can be really colorful with acrylic paints for facades.
Instead of flowers, you can also plant the car tires with grass. These look decorative both in a flower bed as an accent, and in the form of stepping stones after you dig them into the ground. So recycled car tires are versatile and can be planted in any way. For example, combine flowers and grasses, but also make sure you choose the right ones in terms of site conditions. Plants that are in the same tire should also have similar requirements.
Put flowers in the hoop
Decorate bare or unsightly walls.
White tire with purple petunias
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Paint ladybugs on tires
Stacked tires for a small raised bed
Tires instead of flower boxes in bright colors
White tire decorated with rope
Make high flower bed yourself with halved tires
Tires in mint green
Fancy more decorations with car tires? Why not build a fountain out of old tires !