Landscaping your yard can be a great way to add value to your home. However, it can also cost you a lot of money if you don’t know how to find inexpensive decorating materials. One of the easiest ways to landscape your yard is to use decorative planters. These planters can not only give a track home unique personality and charm, but they can also provide you with a valuable property asset that can produce food for your family, as well as attract wildlife and admiration from your neighbors.
When you are selecting a planter, you should take into consideration (1) the durability of the material that it is made out of, (2) your climate, and (3) the purpose of the planter. The planters that you select should be made of materials that will be durable enough to withstand the elements of your climate and neighborhood, be durable enough to contain the plants that you want, and that will provide the physical aesthetics that you are trying for. This article will provide several examples of items that you can use that will not only provide a unique look for your landscape, but that will also be functional.
Unique Outdoor Planter Idea Number One: Child’s Swimming Pool
If you have a small back yard that is mostly paved, and you want a planting bed for flowers and vegetables, try using a child’s plastic pool. The smaller pools usually cost less than 410 and they are made of hard plastic that can withstand the stress of rock and dirt placed within the pool. They also come in a wider variety of colors and designs so you can coordinate the pool garden with the colors of your patio furniture, house, or apartment. The plastic inflatable pools are probably not a good idea to use as a planter as they can be easily punctured by rocks, sticks, thorns, and root systems.
Unique Outdoor Planter Idea Number Two: Old Plumbing Fixtures
If you want a rustic planter to add to your landscaping, you might want to consider using an old plumbing fixture like a sink, tub, or even an old toilet. If you are remodeling your house and you still have your old fixture in the garage or storage, simply clean, install, fill with dirt, and plant your favorite flowers or herbs. The design of these fixtures provide adequate drainage for your plants, and they can be very charming additions to suburban landscapes.
Unique Outdoor Planter Idea Number Three: Old Logs
Dead wood is another great planter idea. If you have a tree that you have cut down from your yard because of disease or because it needed to be removed, then you can cut the log down to a manageable size to be used for a planter, or several planters. To prepare the log to be used for a planter follow these steps:
1. Decide how the planter will be positioned, either standing on its vertical or horizontal axis.
2. Hollow out the log using a hammer, chisel, knife, etc.
3. Position the log planter in your yard making sure that it is stable.
4. Make sure there is a drainage hole at the bottom of the log planter.
5. Fill with dirt.
6. Plant flowers or other vegetation.
7. For longer lasting log planters, you may want to treat the wood with a sealer of some sort to prevent rotting.