Large Planters for Trees

Large Planters for Trees are a complete landscaping system, custom-built by American craftsmen to any size, and backed by a Lifetime Structural Warranty.

8 DeepStream Designs Large Planters for Trees in a landscaped forest clearing with seating and art installation at Long House Reserve in the Hamptons.
DeepStream Designs’ commercial 36″ square Large Planters for Trees, crafted from 100% recycled plastic lumber, were selected for a curated exhibition at world-famous Long House Reserve, the Hamptons’ tranquil design oasis of art, architecture, and landscaping. DeepStream planters are engineered with our proprietary trademark anodized aluminum legs supporting a hidden structural aluminum frame, and planter liners with advanced drainage inside.

Don’t confuse these Large Commercial Wood Planters for Trees for carpenter-built planters that will fall apart in 3-5 years, or concrete and fiberglass planters that will crack. These planters provide the ideal Landscaping environment and last for decades. With our proprietary structural aluminum frame system we can build planters to ANY SIZE.

Many square and rectangular Large Wood Planters for Trees, crafted from maintenance free recycled plastic lumber, landscape the terraced pool and club house area of a deluxe Florida condo development with bushes, trees, and flowers.
Architect-specified Large Wood Planters for Trees, crafted with maintenance-free, environmentally friendly, money saving, UV-Stabilized 100% recycled HDPE food-safe plastic lumber with a 50-year warranty by its manufacturer, provide labor-saving, protective parapet walls between terraces.

These are the Planters for Trees you are looking for. They will stand the test of time for decades, providing both you and the environment the lowest cost of ownership over time. DeepStream builds custom marine alloy aluminum planters and wood planters with structural aluminum frames in any size you need.

A series of modern square and rectangular Large Wood Planters for Trees of varying heights, planted with trees and ornamental grasses, line an urban sidewalk, acting as a safety barrier between the sidewalk and autos on the street.
A fresh creative approach to urban landscaping. Modern rectangular and square Large Wood Planters for Trees make an attractive natural safety barrier rugged enough for urban streets.

Our Large Wood Planters for Trees are engineered and constructed with our trademark structural anodized aluminum legs and sturdy hidden aluminum frame which holds a separate rugged plastic planter liner. Since we anodize our leg extrusions, there is no paint or powder coating to fail. If you choose planter boxes made with planks of environmentally friendly 100% recycled plastic lumber they are UV-resistant, with a 50-year warranty by the manufacturer, and they may be pressure cleaned.

Studio photo showing a 36” cube large wood planter for trees, at an oblique angle. Next to it is the rugged rotomolded black LLDPE plastic tapered liner lying open and empty on its side, showing the reinforcing ridges and drain holes. The planter liner fits inside the planter to hold the tree and planting medium, preventing rot and improving drainage.
Our Large Wood Planters for Trees are engineered and constructed with our trademark structural anodized aluminum legs and sturdy hidden aluminum frame, which holds a separate rugged plastic planter liner with advanced drainage. Since we anodize our leg extrusions, there is no paint or powder coating to fail.
Studio photo showing the detail of the 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum structural frame, attached to DeepStream’s trademark marine anodized extruded aluminum T leg, used to construct planters of any size rectilinear shape.
Cost-effective modular installations of Large Wood Planters for Trees are made possible by the hidden 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum structural frame, attached to DeepStream’s trademark marine-anodized extruded T-leg to construct planters of any size rectilinear shape. The planks of the planter box are contained by the aluminum channels in the legs, not held by fasteners, allowing it to expand and contract without tearing itself apart.

Whether you choose recycled plastic lumber or tropical hardwood, all of our wood planters they are backed by a Lifetime Structural Warranty and our unique Core Replacement Program which allows you to replace any damaged parts at direct manufacturer’s cost.

DeepStream Designs manufactures our Large Commercial Wood Planters for Trees to meet the demanding requirements of Landscape Architects, hotels, condominiums, public buildings, businesses, and urban dwellers who cannot afford the time, money, disruption, mess, damage, and inconvenience required to replace carpenter-built wood planters or cracking fiberglass and concrete planters again and again.

Photo showing an example of broken concrete Large Planters for Trees caused by root expansion.

Stand-alone Large Commercial Wood Planters for Trees prevent structural damage and expensive remediation associated with leaking built-in concrete planters.

OK, the photo at left shows an extreme case, but as buildings settle, and all buildings do over time, unseen cracks appear. Also the tree roots that tear apart huge stone temples in Central America exert the same expansionary forces on buildings. Cracks allow water to run along the lines of steel rebar used in poured concrete construction, causing the rebar to rust and expand up to 20X its original size. This creates an effect called “spalling,” which cracks the concrete and wreaks the structural integrity. Correcting spalling is a very expensive and disruptive process.  Stand-alone planters in modular liners avoid this inevitable problem entirely.

I think a lot of Architects, developers, and general contractors have not lived in poured-in-place concrete buildings that are so predominant here in Miami, or they wouldn’t design or build poured-in-place concrete planters. Even with the best waterproofing systems, they will leak, and much sooner than you think. Sure, your warranty as a builder may be up, but you leave the HOA with expensive special assessments and disruption to solve the problems you could have, should have, avoided in the first place. Even if you install plastic liners with a horizontal flange over the top edge from the start, eventually every liner will fail, leading to unseen structural damage.

If you do have a building with leaking concrete slabs and you have access to the slab there are expensive, but effective, solutions that involve metal fittings inserted holes drilled along the crack lines that have hoses attached to pump in a proprietary agent under tremendous hydraulic pressure that will displace the water, run along the rebar and sealing it against further damage. We have experience with this system as a customer in one of our building so feel free to contact Sheila, (305) 857-0466 for more information. But believe us when we say it is better to avoid this process up front.

These are the planters that we created while building our own residential condominium project, where we still live today. Stop by our Coconut Grove offices and see both the problem and the solution, in person.

DeepStream's proprietary anodized aluminum legs and engineered frame system create modular Large Wood Planters for Trees in front of a wood screen wall atop a chic Miami boutique hotel.
Specifying DeepStream’s proprietary anodized aluminum legs and engineered frame system to create modular Large Wood Planters for Trees saves budget and resources, while eliminating the eventuality of structural damage to the building caused by leaking poured-in-place concrete planters.
Every DeepStream planter uses proprietary anodized aluminum legs and engineered frame system to create custom Large Wood Planters for Trees and planter liners to exact dimensions at no extra cost ,as shown here between walls atop a chic Miami boutique hotel.
At our shop, you will find skilled American craftsmen building custom planters and planter liners to the exact dimensions you need, one planter at a time. What you won’t find are assembly lines, or custom or design fees.

As a complete 3-component engineered system, the separate planter box, constructed from either natural 3/4″ thick tongue-and-groove solid tropical wood or recycled plastic lumber planks, is held by the slots in our proprietary aluminum legs, engineered to allow the natural expansion and contraction of the planks without fasteners to pull apart.

An oblique profile view of an unplanted 36” cube shaped Large Wood Planter for Trees showing the ¾ inch thick planks held by anodized silver aluminum legs with a black plastic food safe inner planter liner just showing as the top of the liner is recessed about 1” below the edge of the top Ipe wood plank.
The elegance of Ipe wood and our trademark structural anodized aluminum legs never fail to visually impress. However, they are only part of the reason our Large Wood Planters for Trees provide the ideal landscaping environment for plants to thrive. The structural aircraft aluminum frame and rugged plastic planter liner with advanced drainage give the system strength and longevity, preventing wood rot, hiding drip irrigation, and preventing solar gain steaming the root ball.
Studio photo looking straight down into a 36” cube shaped Large Wood Planter showing the ¾ inch thick planks surrounding a separate inner black plastic planter liner.
Large Wood Planters for Trees use 3/4″ thick tongue-and-groove solid tropical wood or recycled plastic lumber planks are held by the slots in our proprietary aluminum legs engineered to allow the natural expansion and contraction of the planks to constrain them without fasteners to pull apart.

The internal aluminum frame houses a separate rugged, waterproof, rotomolded, UV-resistant LLDPE plastic stock planter liner, which is tapered for easy repotting and designed for advanced drainage. The gap between the planter box and the liner provides a thermal break preventing the root ball from overheating as the sun heats the outer layer of a single layer pot or planter. The gap also hides drip irrigation lines, drains, and wiring for lights.

The President of DeepStream Designs on a tropical penthouse roof deck measuring the temperature of the outer planks of Commercial Wood Planters heated by the sun.
As shown by Sheila, the President of DeepStream Designs, on a clear 80-degree day, the temperature of the outside of planks on Commercial Wood Planters, or pots, can reach 124-degrees, steaming the root ball inside, unless there is a thermal air gap between the wood planter box and waterproof liner, as found with DeepStream’s unique liner-within-a-wood-planter-box design.
Close up of measurement of solar thermal gain, 124-degrees on a sunny 80-degree day, on the outside planks of Commercial Wood Planters.
Measuring the solar thermal gain, 124-degrees on a sunny 80-degree day, on the outside planks of Commercial Wood Planters. DeepStream’s liner-inside-a-box provides a thermal gap so the root ball stays at air temperature and landscaping flourishes. The waterproof liner inside the planter box has advanced drainage and hides drip irrigation lines.

As with all DeepStream solutions, these large Planters for Trees are hand-built by American craftsmen and backed with a Lifetime Structural Warranty. You order and buy factory-direct for the lowest cost, while eliminating confusion. Every planter is custom-built to your specifications, with volume discounts, and never a design fee.

Stability is a function of form.

It is important to consider the stability of your installation, and pick a form factor appropriate to the ultimate height and size of the tree and maximum wind conditions.  Trees such as palms, without a lot of branches and foliage, have lower wind resistance.  Palms do better on windy roof tops and terraces here in hurricane-prone Florida.  While the weight of the planted planter will keep it from blowing away, a planter with a narrow base, relative to the leverage of wind against foliage, can tip over.

As seen here on a property developer's roof terrace, DeepStream's Large Wood Garden Planters for Trees are lightweight, allowing the roof to support the maximum volume of planting medium while staying within load limits, so that even olive trees like this one are possible on a roof deck.
DeepStream’s Large Wood Garden Planters for Trees are lightweight, allowing the roof to support the maximum volume of planting medium while staying within load limits, so that even olive trees like this one,which will grow to approximately 10 feet high, are possible on a roof deck. The separate planter liner hides the drip irrigation system and the wiring for the lights.
Modern modular rectangular long garden planters and individual square Large Wood Planters for Trees, landscaped with bushes and trees, create a natural protective parapet wall between dining, seating, and sunning areas with large white umbrellas for shade on different levels at a tropical country club pool and restaurant.
Architects often use DeepStream’s modern modular long rectangular garden planters and individual square Large Wood Planters for Trees to create a cool and natural protective parapet wall between different levels, both at ground level and on roof decks.

If you have questions, need more information, or would like to discuss your project, please call Sheila at (305) 857-0466 or email her at dsdmiami@gmail.com.  Sheila has decades of experience to call on as a developer, general contractor, and property manager, with thousands of planter installations and remediation project experiences to help you with budget-saving ideas.  

DeepStream Plastic Liners and 3-layer Drain Pads with TREMdrain & Biobarrier complete your Wood Planter

When selecting your outdoor 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.

DeepStream pioneered modern drainage practices with side-wall drains and 3-layer drain filter pads. DeepStream places from one to three 3/4″ threaded drainage ports on its 16 proprietary stock 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.

DeepStream Designs rugged 100% recycled Stock Plastic Planter Liners
16 different size and shaped commercial planter liners are displayed on a tropical roof top deck landscaped with green palms trees, bamboo, and podocarpus. A large man is standing on top of one of the garden planter liners to show how strong they are.
DeepStream commercial planter liners with advanced drainage.

Generally, more container-grown 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 elevates the drainage hole center approximately 2″ up the sides of your liners to provide a “reservoir” for the tap roots and allow clay “fines” in all planting mediums to settle instead of clogging drain packs.

Detailed photo on a tropical roof terrace showing how easy DeepStream's tapered stock planter liners with advanced drainage make it to replant and recondition roots.
DeepStream’s tapered stock planter liners with advanced drainage make them economical to ship and easy to replant and recondition roots.

Planter liners prevent the soil from contacting the wood, preventing rot, while promoting drainage. The air space the liner creates between itself and the planter box prevents the root-ball from getting warmer than the ambient air. This space also allows you to hide drip irrigation lines and wiring for lights. The tapered shape reduces shipping costs, and makes root conditioning and replanting slide-out-easy.

Custom Planter Liners
A Custom Welded Waterproof Plastic Planter Liner shown on a table in front of bamboo in a tropical roof deck garden
DeepStream welds Waterproof Planter Liners to fit any size planter.
A Custom Welded Modular Planter Liner with hidden drainage and drip irrigation for a large commercial roof deck landscaping installation holding partially planted trees and bushes.
These Custom-Welded Modular Planter Liners for a large commercial roof deck landscaping project are equipped with hidden drainage and drip irrigation.

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’s advanced 3-Layer Drain Pad

Drain pads, 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. Biobarrier will not stop aggressive root systems like runner bamboo and Clusia.

Waterproof liner and the components of DeepStream's 3-part advanced drainage filter pad.
The basic components of DeepStream’s 3-part advanced drainage filter pad: drain board, filter fabric and Biobarrier.
DeepStream Advanced 3-Part Planter Liner Drain-Pad shown as components and finished pad.
DeepStream’s advanced drainage pads: TremDrain Board improves drainage area and efficiency, filter fabric reduces drain blockage by silt and organic material, Biobarrier helps prevent root blockage.

Direct Link to detailed Stock Planter Liner Page with Sizes and Pricing

Landscaping large areas with extremely Large Planters for Trees.

Lushly landscaped expanses of Boston's historic Exchange Place 12th story roof deck, looking onto the harbor and the famous Customs House clock tower, use DeepStream’s lightweight extremely Large Wood Garden Planters for Trees.
Specified by Landscape Architects, DeepStream’s lightweight, extremely Large Wood Garden Planters for Trees, built using our proprietary structural aluminum frame system and modular planter liners hiding drip irrigation and wiring for lights, are used to lushly landscape several expansive areas of the world class 12th story roof terrace atop Boston’s historic Exchange Place.
Studio photo showing a very Large Wood Garden Planter 21 inches deep created with DeepStream’s trademark proprietary structural aluminum frame with cross bracing in a U shape with the longest side 24 feet long by 16 feet on the ends. Although this planter was designed with modular stock planter liners sitting directly on the deck, it is too shallow for trees, but it gives you an idea of how large and versatile DeepStream’s modular planter system can be.
A very Large Wood Garden Planter 21 inches deep created with DeepStream’s trademark proprietary structural aluminum frame with cross bracing in a U-shape with the longest side 24 feet long by 16 feet on the ends. Although this planter was designed with modular stock planter liners sitting directly on the deck, it is too shallow for trees, but it gives you an idea of how large and versatile DeepStream’s modular planter system can be.
A studio photo showing a very Large Wood Garden Planter for Trees 31 inches deep engineered with DeepStream’s trademark proprietary structural aluminum frame with double cross bracing in a rectangular shape with the longest side 18 feet long by 12 feet on the ends. This planter was designed to use modular stock planter liners sitting directly on the deck to maximize planting depth and reduce unnecessary costs.
A very Large Wood Garden Planter for Trees 31 inches deep, engineered with DeepStream’s trademark proprietary structural aluminum frame with double cross bracing in a rectangular shape with the longest side 18 feet long by 12 feet on the ends. This planter was designed to use modular stock planter liners sitting directly on the deck to maximize planting depth and reduce unnecessary costs.
Studio photo showing the detail of the double aluminum cross bracing joins DeepStream’s trademark proprietary structural aluminum frame.
Double aluminum cross- bracing joins DeepStream’s trademark proprietary structural aluminum frame.

If you have questions, need more information, or would like to discuss your project, please call Sheila at (305) 857-0466 or email her at dsdmiami@gmail.com.  Sheila has decades of experience to call on as a developer, general contractor, and property manager, with thousands of planter installations and remediation project experiences to help you with budget-saving ideas.  

Modular Custom-Welded Plastic Planter Liners are used on roof decks to landscape large areas with trees.

Large areas can be planted and easily irrigated with hidden drip irrigation inside modular planters.  When DeepStream’s cost-effective and rugged rotomolded LLDPE stock liner won’t work, we can craft custom-welded modular liners with 1/4″, 3/8″, or 1/2″ co-polypropylene, as used in the construction of large chemical tanks, or HDPE, as we use in our food-safe plastic planters. Polypropylene is extremely durable, but should be buried as even black is not UV-stable. Any color of HDPE is impervious to the sun’s UV rays.

A Large Planter for Trees using modular custom welded planter liners is shown partially planted with a half dozen trees already in place high up on an urban roof terrace.
Large areas can be planted and easily irrigated with hidden drip irrigation and custom-welded modular plastic planter liners used inside Large Planters for Trees. Avoid trees and plants with aggressive root systems like Clusia or Bamboo.
A detailed close-up view of a half dozen trees being planted inside a Large Planter for Trees using modular custom welded planter liners.
You can add side-wall access ports for drip irrigation and drainage holes on-site with a simple hole saw. Drain Pads, proper drainage techniques to slow the water flow, and selecting appropriate planting mediums are critical when plantings are expected to be maintained for years without digging them up.

Construction techniques include double-welded gussets, shown in the bottom picture, or cross-straps, for optimum wall support.  You can add side-wall drainage holes on-site with a simple hole saw.  Drain Pads, proper drainage techniques to slow the water flow, and selecting appropriate planting mediums are critical when plantings are expected to be maintained for years without digging them up. 

A shop photo showing rugged double-welded, gusseted, leak-proof Large Planters for Trees being fully water tested prior to shipping.
DeepStream Designs’ rugged double-welded, gusseted, leak-proof Large Planters for Trees are fully water tested prior to shipping.

Custom-Welded Aluminum Large Planters for Trees.

In keeping with DeepStream’s commitment to Sustainable Design and craftsmanship, we create square and rectangular commercial-grade Aluminum Planters in a natural finish 5086 Marine alloy. 

A 24-inch Cube aluminum Planter for Trees shown planted with a sea grape tree on a tropical roof terrace next to a Large Planter for Trees constructed of recycled plastic lumber planted with podocarpus.
The cube form is a popular stable form for a Larger Planter for Trees. Internal side wall gussets are required on large planters, or angles welded across the middle of the plates for large trees or trees with aggressive roots. 5086 Aluminum is use in ocean-going vessels and will not crack or split.

DeepStream’s Square and Rectangular Modern Aluminum Planters are commercial Landscape Architect-grade, made with stiff 5086 3/16″ thick, or thicker as required, marine-grade aluminum, as used on yachts and commercial ships. They are the strongest and most durable aluminum planters available. Construction techniques include double-welded gussets, shown in the bottom picture, or cross-straps, for optimum wall support. 

A detailed photo showing Aluminum Large Planters for Trees with the double-welded gusset construction technique.
Aluminum Large Planters for Trees construction techniques include double-welded gussets, as shown, or even cross-strap, for optimum wall support against bowing under root pressure.
Large Planter for Trees constructed out of stiff 5086 marine alloy aluminum shown on a tropical roof terrace with green bamboo, palms, and podocarpus in the background.
Large Planters for Trees can be constructed out of stiff 5086 marine alloy aluminum in any practical size, given the particulars of the site location and aluminum sheet size. Aluminum sheet thickness and construction techniques vary by dimension and landscaping details.

While the total lifetime cost of DeepStream’s Aluminum planters will be many times less than that of painted aluminum planters, even if you only own them for 5-10 years, the initial cost is higher. It simply takes more labor to produce flawless unpainted aluminum planters, but there is no paint or powder coating to bubble and chip, failing in as little as 2 years. The more rigid and expensive 5086 marine alloy we use is, at a minimum, 3 times thicker than standard painted aluminum planters. However 5086 aluminum, left in its natural state, creates its own patina that protects it from oxidation for decades in demanding marine environments.

If you have questions, need more information, or would like to discuss your project, please call Sheila at (305) 857-0466 or email her at dsdmiami@gmail.com.  Sheila has decades of experience to call on as a developer, general contractor, and property manager, with thousands of planter installations and remediation project experiences to help you with budget-saving ideas.  


Tips for Container Landscaping with Trees

When purchasing a Large Planter for Trees, it is critical to note that as trees grow, their root ball gets larger and larger.  With some species, the container size will limit the size of the tree; with others the root ball continues to grow.  An ever-expanding root ball will either push the tree up on a pedestal of its own roots, or push out and eventually break the liner.

If you visit the ancient jungle ruins of the Mayans and Aztecs, you will recognize that, even the giant stone blocks of the temples, weighing thousands of pounds, will be pushed apart, split, and toppled by tree roots.  Streetscapes constantly have to deal with root control.  This, along with selecting an appropriate planting mixture and micro-climates, is another important reason to consult with a Landscape Architect experienced with container gardening when planning your project.

DeepStream’s stock planter liners are roto-molded in one piece with LLDPE recycled plastic so that tree roots have no weak spots to attack.  DeepStream’s custom-welded liners used for major plantings are engineered with thicker 3/8″ co-polypropylene, or 1/2″ HDPE, as used in construction of large chemical tanks. The panels are gusseted and welded from both sides before being water-tested to ensure their ultimate durability in your project.

It is possible for plants with aggressive root systems to grow so thick that they will eventually burst any planter liner, and even bow reinforced aluminum planters and crack poured-in-place concrete planters, so it’s best to consult with a Landscape Architect when selecting your landscaping.

A rugged planter liner bulging from the roots of a 5-year-old Clusia Tree in need of a yearly root trimming.
Even the most rugged waterproof planter liner will eventually succumb to an aggressive root system. This Clusia has been removed from its liner every year for 5 years to have its roots trimmed back. The following year the roots began to rip the thick liner apart at the top rim. The long-term solution for landscaping with plants that have aggressive root systems like these are planters constructed from Corten steel or 5086 aluminum.

The bases of trees will be pushed 6-12″ higher by their roots over a five to ten year period as the trees grow to their mature height for that size planter.  Knowing that in advance, plant the root ball deeper in the planter to plan for the eventual rise and filled the recess with other plantings for the duration.


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