- 1 Can you use decking boards to make planters?
- 2 How do you build a deck planter?
- 3 Should I line a decking planter?
- 4 How do you keep wooden planters from rotting?
- 5 How deep should a planter box be?
- 6 What do you put in deck planters?
- 7 What is the best wood to use for planter boxes?
- 8 How do you fill a wooden planter box?
- 9 How do you line a wooden planter box?
- 10 How do you waterproof a wooden planter box?
- 11 What do you fill the bottom of a planter with?
- 12 What do you put in the bottom of a planter for drainage?
Can you use decking boards to make planters?
When you have all the materials needed, you can now start building your planter. The materials you will need to make a wooden planter with decking are a decking board, a power or manual drill, screws, screwdriver, handsaw, measuring tape, and base material.
How do you build a deck planter?
How to Make a Deck Rail Planter
- Measure and cut wood to length. Measure out and mark each board with a square before cutting.
- Build the box.
- Trim the box.
- Drill drainage holes.
- Sand and clean.
Should I line a decking 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.
How do you keep wooden planters 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 deep should a planter box be?
Eight to 12 inches is usually adequate. If drainage is a problem, or if the plants you are growing prefer drier soil, the bed could be taller and filled with a porous growing medium. Vegetable beds should be 12 to 18 inches deep. The material used to edge a raised bed should be stable, durable and attractive.
What do you put in deck planters?
What Plants Should I Put in a Deck Planter Box?
- Broadleaf Evergreens. Broadleaved evergreens are an excellent choices for deck planters, as they offer both beauty and, in the case of some of the larger species, a bit of privacy.
- Needled Evergreens.
- Sweet Succulents.
- Edible Species.
What is the best wood to use for planter boxes?
There are several types of lumber to choose from:
- Pressure treated or composite boards are chemically treated to resist termites, mold and other damage.
- Cedar, white oak and redwood naturally resist termites and other insects.
- Soft woods such as pine work best for indoor planters.
How do you fill a wooden 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.
How do you line a wooden planter box?
Line the entire planter with a sheet of plastic, trimming it so that it reaches but does not go over the rim. Staple the plastic all the way around the rim. Using a screwdriver or sharp stick, poke through the drilled drainage holes to let excess water drain out of the plastic liner.
How do you waterproof a wooden planter box?
How to Waterproof a Wood Planter Box
- Power drill.
- 1/4-inch drill bit.
- Silicone caulk.
- Oil-based varnish.
- Paintbrush or cloth.
- Clean cloth.
- 220-grit sandpaper.
- 6 mil plastic sheeting.
Light Materials If you have an especially big planter to fill, light, bulky materials are your best bet. Examples include plastic drink containers, milk jugs, crushed soda cans, foam packing materials and plastic or foam take-out containers.
- 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.