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Securing Containers

Making your containers stay where you put them

Creating a window box or hanging garden is simple. Just remember the three W's: weight, water, and weather. The combination of plants, soil, water, and wood (or ceramic) is going to be heavy. A medium-size plant can weigh 50 pounds or more. You will need to make plans to protect the area around the planter from water damage, and use materials that can stand up to wind and rain.

Here's a short list of the most common materials and tools you'll need to install a planter or window box:

  • Stud finder
  • Power drill (electric or cordless)
  • Molly bolts or anchor bolts
  • Pliers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hooks or eyebolts (for hanging plants)
  • Heavy cord
  • Varnished (or weather-treated) wood
  • Mounts or brackets (for railing or window boxes Wire
  • Drip-proofing

Before placing a large planter anywhere, take a look at the spot you've chosen to see how it will handle drips from excess water. You don't want water damage to collect underneath your favorite flowers. You can drill holes in outside window boxes to drain water away from building walls. Hanging plants should have saucers underneath to catch extra water. Elsewhere you can use saucers, cork liners, or other materials to keep floors and tables dry.