How It Works 2017-01-13T19:41:59+00:00

Filling the bottom of the pot with rocks, crushed aluminum cans, packing peanuts or clay potshards doesn’t really work. Soil falls through the cracks which clogs the drain holes and prevents roots from breathing and water from draining. And when it’s time to empty the pot, you have a big mess.



Simply fill up to one-third of the container with Better Than Rocks. Your potted plant will be as lightweight as possible, require less soil, and have excellent drainage for healthier plants.

When you place Better Than Rocks at the bottom of your container, it serves two very important purposes that are vital to growing strong, healthy plants:

  • It helps oxygen reach the plant’s roots by creating an air pocket in the bottom of the planter. Experts agree that a plant’s roots need air in order to “breathe” oxygen – which is necessary for the plant to absorb nutrients.
  • It also creates even and thorough drainage. Without adequate drainage, the bottom of your container will likely become waterlogged. This is detrimental to plant health. Even worse, it can cause the roots to rot and the plants to eventually die.

Use Better Than Rocks for all your container gardens, and you will enjoy lighter pots, better drainage and healthier plants.


Please note this video depicts the original color of Better Than Rocks. The new product is a lighter shade of green.



  • Rocks, aluminum cans, packing peanuts and broken clay pot shards are messy to sort out when the planter is emptied.
  • Solid objects don’t work as well. Soil migrates with water and the drainage area will eventually become completely filled with soil.
  • Unlike solid objects, Better Than Rocks allows plant roots to use the entire container. If the drain holes of the planter become plugged or there is a heavy rain, solid objects will raise the water level in the container which can cause root damage.
  • Rocks are heavy! Lighter planters are easier to lift and move which means less stress on sore backs and joints.
  • At the end of the growing season, simply empty your planter into the garden and remove the material. It can be rinsed off and saved for future use. This is much easier than picking out rocks!


Please note this video depicts the original color of Better Than Rocks. The new product is a lighter shade of green.



We’ve compared how the plants respond by having Better Than Rocks in the pot to other pot fillers and the plants just do much better. They grow much faster and at the end of the season they are bigger yet they aren’t heat stressed. Starla Enger, Garden Center Owner – Hudson, Wisconsin


Please note this video depicts the original color of Better Than Rocks. The new product is a lighter shade of green.


Better Than Rocks has really improved my container gardening. I have large pots at church that were often overwatered by multiple people trying to be helpful. I had a hard time keeping the plants alive in those pots, but it is no longer an issue with Better Than Rocks. Great product.

Rebecca W., Feeding Hills, Massachusetts

Better than Rocks is a fantastic product! I made my first purchase over a year ago and have found that there is nothing like this product – I absolutely LOVE this stuff!! My pots are MUCH lighter, use less soil and I can use the product over and over. What more could you ask for? Thank you Better than Rocks for such an innovative and environmentally conscious product!

Kathy K., Vallejo, California

I’ve been an avid gardener for over twenty years and Better Than Rocks is the best new product I’ve tried in a real long time. It’s so easy to use and it works better than putting rocks in the bottoms of pots, especially large pots. I like to use large planters in places and now I can move them around a lot easier, the weight is less than half what it used to be. My back finally doesn’t hurt from moving the pots! I will never use anything else. I recommend this to everyone who uses window boxes or containers.

Liz M., Boulder, Colorado
  • Placer une couche de Better Than Rocks au fond du contenant (une seule pour les plantes d’intérieur, 2 ou plus pour les bacs d’extérieur)
  • Pour les contenants ronds, plier les coins vers le haut ou le bas et faire alterner chaque couche (il n’est pas nécessaire de couper le matériau)
  • Remplir le reste du contenant avec du terreau et des plantes
  • Bien arroser
  • Si le contenant est utilisé de façon saisonnière, rincer et remiser le matériau à la fin de la saison de croissance pour une utilisation ultérieure