Lifestyles for Better Living

Great Reasons for Using Planter Boxes

Trees, flowers and other plants enhance the look of any home or business.

Using planter boxes makes gardening possible where enough space for a garden is not available. You can also create a more elegant landscaping design. They will enhance any entryway, patio or garden, especially some of the beautiful wood planter boxes.
A bench planter box combo can add elegance to any garden while serving multiple purposes.

In addition, many commercial establishments use beautiful planters to display their landscaping around their buildings.

Different plants like different types of soil and food in order to look their best. When using a nice planter box, You have total control of the soil and nutrients being used for your flowers and vegetables.

Remember, when using planter boxes, the soil will tend to dry out much faster than traditional gardens. So be sure the plants are getting all the water and other nutrients required.

Another advantage of planter boxes is their mobility.
You can place them in the sun, shade, patio, deck or garden. You also have the choice of small individual boxes or large heavy duty planters for shrubs or trees.

And of course, don’t forget about a window box and indoor planter box.

A high quality Redwood planter box will not rot or decay for 10 to 30 years, depending on the age of wood grain.

You can paint or stain the wood planters to complement the exterior of your home and so they will blend in with any landscape color. However, using a clear protective coat on redwood keeps them looking nice.

A quick power washing every 5 or 6 years will quickly clear away the accumulated grim, UV surface burning and the old sealant. When power washing, be careful not to spray to close to the surface or you may cut into the grain of the wood. Once it’s dry, you can smooth out any rough spots by lightly sanding if desired.

After sanding, choose any stain/sealant you like. I prefer a Transparent Premium Sealant for outdoor planter boxes. For indoor planters, I use a wax finish.

In year-round unprotected weather, planters may eventually develop a surface cracks from the expansion and contraction caused by changes of temperature and moisture. But, if your crack has a rough edge, take a few minutes to sand it smooth as mentioned above. After sanding, if you want the sanded area to match the rest of the furniture, power wash and then reseal.

If you want to keep wood looking like it did new, donít wait until it has faded completely. Every 18 months or so, take a few minutes and scratch up the surface with 2 sheets of sandpaper (100 and 220 sandpaper, Scratch lightly in the direction of the grain. Dust off and apply one coat of the finish. Wipe off the excess within 10 minutes to keep it from gumming up.

If you do this touch up, in four or five years the finish will accumulate and will no longer penetrate the wood. So, at that point, power wash the set to remove the accumulated finishes and start over