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    Project InspirationBuilding a sturdy planter box

    Building a sturdy planter box - Mt Wellington, Auckland

    Building a sturdy planter box - Mt Wellington, Auckland

    Dean McGowan, a DIY enthusiast and PlaceMakers team member, recently built this solid and multi-tasking planter box. Serving as a transition from the background planting to the lawn, this DIY decorative planter also conceals a soaker pit.

    Dean chose 200x50mm H4 ground-treated timber for the box to prevent rotting and secured it together with stainless batten screws and Gorilla Grip construction adhesive. The timber was sanded and then stained with a dark Cabots stain to match the fence, and the pot sits on a Firth cobblestone with river pebbles around it to keep pesky weeds at bay.

    To protect the planter, McGowan installed a mowing strip with Dricon Ready Mix concrete. Armed with just a saw, sander and cordless drill driver (as well as his safety eyewear, earmuffs and gloves) Dean found building the box easy – and a great excuse to scope out more tools for other projects!

    Overall, McGowan is thrilled with the result and is confident the planter box will last at least 50 years. He only wishes that the potted Bird of Paradise would bloom already!


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