Wooden planters make handsome containers for flowers, vegetables and even miniature trees. Drill drainage holes in the bottom of the planter if it does not have them already. I m going to invest in wooden boxes, my queston is do you drill holes in the wooden box so the plastic liner has drainage and if you don t drill in the wooden box do you at least drill the plastc liner? I want to get it right and I am just a bit puzzled. I have been asked if a wooden box needs drainage holes and I would say it depends on how porous it is without them. After you have lined your box with plastic, fill it with potting soil and plant it like you would any container garden.
Shop our selection of Drainage Holes, Planters in the Outdoors Department at The Home Depot. Hollis Wood Products 22 in. Square Redwood Planter Box. That means lots of nice sized drain holes in the bottom of the container. In a hot and sunny summer, EVERY plant (except maybe sweet corn) would like some afternoon shade. The wrought iron holders I have in the sun either have wooden boxes in them to hold the soil and plants in place (the rougher the wood, the better this looks), long plastic window-box like containers, a row of plastic pots, or a combination of those types of containers. Sometimes a plant is already planted in a pot with no drainage at all. Imagine a dozen stalks of sweet corn producing ears on your patio in a self -watering container like the Earth Box. Then mulch over the soil with wood chips, soil or other material to help it survive winter.
Flower boxes do in fact need holes on the bottom; otherwise they can flood in heavy rains. Generally however, the drainage holes are located toward the front of the box, so that the water drains away from the house. Wooden flower boxes require drainage holes—holes at the base—that allow excess water to seep out. If no drainage holes exist, irrigated or rain water collects at the base, weakening the structure, decaying wood and causing roots of contained plants to rot and die. You can use old wooden boxes, although I’ve found those best outside as, even with a layer or two of plastic sheeting in the bottom, they tend to leak over time when the plastic starts to break down – or use a plastic container(s) inside and cover up with moss to hide them. I use them as pot covers – I put an inch or two of gravel or aquatic plant soil on the bottom of the drainage-free pot, then insert a slightly smaller plastic pot.
If you’re using a pot without drainage holes, your plant will require different care and maintenance. Drainage holes allow excess water to seep out of pots after watering, ensuring that water does not pool at the base of a pot, helping to protect sensitive roots from rot, fungus and bacteria. Turn pot upside down on a piece of wood. Mark a spot in the center with a marker. Wooden planters posts from our gardening forum. I then decided to move the acer from the box which I hadn’t lined and hadn’t treated. I then discovered that the roots from the acer had grown into the wood which had split and started to decay and in removing the shrub, managed to snap off what I believe was the tap root. First thing – do the barrels have drainage holes? pattieb. I’ve always been told to put a layer of gravel in the bottom of a flower pot before planting. Put a layer of gravel in your plant’s drainage tray, or down inside a decorative planter, then sit your plant pot on top.