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How to Prevent Rot with Planter Boxes

Pembrook Nelson
February 14, 2014

If you don’t have a garden space that you can decorate, then it can be difficult to make your home or commercial building look attractive. Planter boxes have been a wonderful solution to this problem, as they enable you to grow flowers in a small box and hang them from window ledges, or use them to brighten up patios, decks and balconies. Planter boxes have the added benefit of being easy to take care of. They are a popular choice with those who might have some difficulty bending, digging, and other general gardening duties.

Wooden planter boxes can have weak bottoms that will rot very quickly, meaning you will need to replace them more often, however, there are things you can do to help prevent them from rotting, and therefore extend their life.The first thing you need to make sure of is that your planter box has enough drainage at the base. If it doesn’t, then you will need to drill a few holes in to allow for proper liquid drainage. Secondly, be sure to use a potting mix that has adequate drainage and is lightweight. Peat moss mixed with vermiculite or sand is a perfect choice. Do not use garden soil as this is far too heavy and will compact together, therefore preventing adequate drainage. Sit your planter box on top of some bricks or pieces of wood to allow at least 2 inches of space for air circulation. Likewise, do not crowd your planter boxes close together or up against fences or walls as this will prevent enough air from circulating.To ensure the best possible care for your planter boxes, you should employ the services of West Coast Deck Waterproofing. They have over 30 years experience and are experts at protecting your deck from planters. You really will be hard pressed to find anyone else who can give you better results for better prices than West Coast Deck Waterproofing.