- 1 Can you use a wooden box as a planter?
- 2 Do you have to line a wooden planter?
- 3 What do you put in the bottom of a wooden planter?
- 4 What do you put in the bottom of a planter for drainage?
- 5 What is the best wood to use for a planter box?
- 6 What can I use to fill the bottom of a large planter?
- 7 How long do wood planters last?
- 8 How do I keep my wooden planter from rotting?
- 9 How do you fill a wooden planter?
- 10 How do you paint a wooden planter box?
- 11 Does a wood planter box need to be lined with plastic?
- 12 Do you need drainage holes in wooden planters?
- 13 What should I put in my planter box?
Can you use a wooden box as a planter?
A wooden box may need drainage holes, depending on how porous it is without them. You can also use plastic to line your pots—a preferred method for planters used indoors—but make sure you punch holes through the plastic at the drainage hole locations.
Do you have to line a wooden planter?
Make sure your wooden planter has drainage holes, so plants don’t become waterlogged. However, if positioning your planter in full sun, you may consider lining the inside of the planter with pieces of old compost bag, to keep the compost moist and reduce the need for regular watering.
Place a sheet of plastic or metal screen cloth over the entire bottom of the pot to keep drainage holes open. Alternatively, put shards of broken flowerpot or other pottery over the holes.
- Plastic Bottles. Recycle your plastic bottles by using them at the bottom of your big containers.
- Packing Peanuts. Reuse your Styrofoam packing peanuts as filler for large pots.
- Wood Chips. Don’t have enough of the previous two ingredients?
- Landscape Rocks.
What is the best wood to use for a planter box?
Cedar, white oak and redwood naturally resist termites and other insects. They stand up very well to the elements and last season after season. They can, however, require more upfront investment. Soft woods such as pine work best for indoor planters.
Heavy materials you can use to fill the bottom of your large planters include:
- Pea pebbles.
- Landscape/river rock (big and small)
- Old ceramic tiles (intact or broken)
- Broken pieces of pottery.
How long do wood planters last?
The longevity of untreated wood used for a raised garden bed depends largely on its exposure to the elements. Most wood species can last between 5 to 15-years outside. Wood deteriorates quickly if exposed to water/moisture and sunlight.
How do I keep my wooden planter from rotting?
The best way to prevent deck planters from rotting is with a liner. Lining a wood planter prevents water and fungi from contacting the wood. Preventing rotting by separating that which is good for the plants, water and fungi from the wood.
How do you fill a wooden planter?
Filler Materials For Wooden Planter Box
- Used Containers. Household containers like water bottles, empty cans, and soda bottles can be used as fillers.
- Broken Rocks Or Gravel. Rubbles are also another good option to fill your planter box before adding soil.
- Wood Chips.
- Styrofoam Peanuts.
- Broken Potteries And Crockeries.
How do you paint a wooden planter box?
Make sure that it is suitable for use outdoors.
- Step 1: Use 120 grit sandpaper to smooth the exterior surfaces of the planter box.
- Step 2: Now, seal the wood with high-quality alkyd primer.
- Step 3: Lightly sand the primed surface to remove any imperfections and remove all accumulated dust.
Does a wood planter box need to be lined with plastic?
I would suggest using a plastic bag or sheet as a liner if your planter box is made from wood or metal. Plastic is the only material that is not permeable. So it will not leach out water into the wooden planter causing it to rot. You’ll still need to line the planter box with plastic.
Do you need drainage holes in wooden planters?
A wooden planter should have drainage holes in the bottom to prevent water-logged soil. If the holes are too large, though, some of the soil itself may be washed out of the container, so cover the bottom of the planter with landscaping fabric to prevent soil loss.
What should I put in my planter box?
Possibilities include crushed aluminum cans, plastic milk jugs, plastic water bottles, plastic soda pop bottles and crunched, empty potting soil and soil amendment bags. Upending a stack of nursery pots inside a planter box also works well.