Wooden Planters for Your Garden - All About Wooden Pots

What to expect when you decide to use wooden garden containers? First, consider their benefits and disadvantages. Then select the planters fitting your needs. They can serve you for years if you follow maintenance schedule.

Advantages of wooden garden planters

  • Easy to paint - change pot colors and your container garden design using one planter set. Experiment till you create fantastic composition.
  • Easy to carry - while not as light as plastic pots, ideal for large plants. Consider wooden planters when you wish to move containers frequently.
  • Creative - reusing wooden stuff as unique planters is simple. Drilling holes for drainage in the wood is way easier than in, say, pottery or iron.
  • Protecting plants from extreme temperatures. In summer, wooden planters warm up less than other pot types, so the roots are protected from heat. In winter, wooden boxes protect plants. However, you still need to insulate to keep container plants warm.

Disadvantages of wooden planters

  • Limited range available - certain shapes like bowls or figures are unavailable.
  • Sensitive to environment - perfect for indoor garden but sun, water, frost can damage wooden outdoor planters.
  • Pests can damage them - ants and woodlice consume wood and wooden planters are no exception.
  • Require regular maintenance to keep them in top shape.

How to maintain wooden plant containers?

  • Paint the planter if it's unpainted. Repeat when the paint is starting to fall off. Remember to choose one that is safe for plants. Expect to repeat the procedure every year if your containers are subjected to sun, rain, heat and frost.
  • Provide drainage - drill holes in the bottom of the pot if there are none or not enough. Add layer of gravel to prevent holes from getting clogged with soil.
  • Add plastic layer inside the planter to protect wooden walls from moisture. Remember to cut holes at the bottom to allow water drainage.
  • Pl ace the container on the hard surface to isolate it from ground and prevent rot.

Choosing ideal wooden planters for garden

Before you shop for containers, consider these points:

  • Do you have any wooden stuff you could adapt as planters, like a box or old cart? Read about creative garden container ideas for inspiration.
  • Make sure you pick the pots made of durable wood like cedar, oak, redwood or teak.
  • Will you paint them yourself to suit your design? Perhaps you prefer the convenience of finished containers.
  • Either way, see that new planters fit each other and already existing design of your garden.

Where to buy wooden planters?

Get them in the local garden depot or order online. If you want to make wooden planters for your garden yourself, see the instructions in Making Decorative Lawn Ornaments & Patio Containers book from Amazon.com.