Space is a valuable commodity, so it’s a great idea to try and maximize the space you’ve got in your garden for decoration. However, maybe the soil in your part of the world isn’t particularly plant friendly. Or maybe the only space you have available is a concrete yard.
Thankfully, there’s an option which means you can exploit the space you’ve got and this is through the creation of a wooden planter box. Not only is it a cheap and easy feature to create, you can custom build it to whatever size you like.
And, of course, it allows you to build up a fantastic selection of plants and flowers to brighten up your outdoor area. Let’s take a look at how you can build a wooden planter box and all the right tips to make sure it’s amazing.
1. Measure up Your Planter Box
The first step you’ll want to take is to decide the size of your planter box; the main thing to remember here is that you want to keep the planter box in proportion with the rest of the garden and its surrounding features.
Build a planter box which is too big and it will stand out too much and disturb the balance of your garden. On the other hand, build one which is too small and it will fail to draw attention from your marvelous creation.
Also, you need to make sure it will fit where you want it to go without encroaching on any other features in the garden, so chalk out an outline for your proposed box first. This will help give you a good idea of how it sits in the garden.
2. Choose the Right Wood
You need to remember that your wooden planter box is going to be exposed to the harsh elements of nature all year round, so it needs to be durable. The best choices for this job are either pressure treated wood or cedar as they’re hardy types of wood and relatively hassle free to handle and cut.
You can either buy the wood in large sheets, and cut this to fit your requirements, or, in some wood yards, you may be able to get custom sized boards cut for an extra fee. And, don’t forget, you need a base board for the box, so remember to get this cut as well!
3. Building your Planter Box
Once you’ve got your boards cut to size, you can start building your planter box.
Start by taking two of the end boards and drilling pilot holes into them. The role of the pilot holes is to provide an easy route for the screws which won’t damage the wood. Create three of these holes, in a straight line, around an inch inside of the board.
The next step in creating your planter box is to screw all the boards together. You’ll want to make sure that the boards with the pilot holes are positioned on the outside corners. You can then screw in your screws (or use a drill and drill bit) to hold the planter box’s frame securely together.
The final step in building the structure is to install the base board. This should fit snugly within the bottom of the planter box and not merely below the planter box’s frame. Once this base is in place, you can secure it by feeding screws through the side boards to fix the base.
4. Finishing off Your Planter Box
To complete your planter box you’re going to want to carry out a little bit of work to help protect the wood. The main issue here is water damage, so it’s a good idea to install a nylon sheet in the base of your planter box.
After you’ve nailed this in place you will need to drill drainage holes through the sheet and through the base of the planter box. This will ensure that there’s a drainage system in place to let excess water run through rather than damage and weaken your planter box.
And then you’re ready to fill up your wooden planter box with soil and start planting its contents.