The green nest team proposes a service for the design, fabrication, insulation and installation of custom planters. These can be built in different types of wood and metals.
Metal planters confer a sleek modern style to an urban garden. Stainless steel is resistant to corrosion and to the Montreal climate. Aluminum is light and durable.
Galvanised steel offers a less expensive alternative to stainless steel. In their natural sheens, their colours are generally cold. Powder coating is a process by
which the metal is covered with a resistant powder-based paint; the choice of colors is vast.
Wood gives a natural and warm feel to a garden. We choose essences that are recommended for exteriors. Ipe is an exotic wood of superior quality whose natural colour
is a dark, orangey brown. Its high density gives it exceptional resistance to harsh weather conditions and a long lifetime. Garapa is a high quality Brazilian hardwood.
It has a yellow caramel colour that evolves to amber tones over the years. It is dense and resistant to harsh weather, requires minimal maintenance and has a lifetime
of 2 decades. Red cedar is an indigenous soft wood that is naturally resistant to rot and to the Quebec climate. It develops a silvery tone with exposure to sun. Treated
wood is produced from indigenous pine that undergoes a treatment that prolongs its lifetime and increases its resistance to mould. It has the advantage of being one of
the most affordable woods, but requires more maintenance.
Even if our planters are resistant to our climate, the plants they house may not be. Their roots need protection from oscillating temperatures (the Montreal winters are
particularly tough on plants because of its great temperature variations). We recommend insulating planters that hold perennials, shrubs and trees. The green nest installs
panels of extruded polystyrene (StyrofoamTM) to insulate our planters.