Nancy Ludwig
Nancy Ludwig
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  • Ocean Shores, WA

Old Cedar Planter Needed Replacing. What to Do.....

4 Materials
$80
3 Hours
Easy

I live on a public golf course, so I like to keep my garbage can and heat pump hidden from that side. After removing my rotted out planter I had to replace it with something. I chose to make a new one made of cinder blocks. Someone had also given me a drain collar so I decided to use that as the main planter.
old cedar planter needed replacing what to do
Good bye 20 Year Old planter.
old cedar planter needed replacing what to do
I purchased 12 cinder blocks. Placing them in this pattern, on ground I had leveled out.
old cedar planter needed replacing what to do
Alternating the seams until I had three layers. This gave me the height I wanted . Then I placed the drain collar in the middle, filled it with potting soil and added a new Azelea.
old cedar planter needed replacing what to do
I then filled the outer holes of the cinder blocks with dirt, so I could plant more plants around the collar.
old cedar planter needed replacing what to do
This angle shows the heat pump and garbage can.
old cedar planter needed replacing what to do
Now they can’t be seen from the golf course side.
old cedar planter needed replacing what to do
I didn’t like the plain cinder blocks, so after a week, I painted them with left over house paint, trim color. A mini roller works best.
old cedar planter needed replacing what to do
All done and it only took about 3 hours total. I put the cute sign up a friend of mine had made for me Too.

I am also pleased to say, it’s just the right level for the deer. They ate one of the type of plants I put in The corners of the blocks.

Oh well, I had wanted some vine type of plants, but couldn’t find any at the time I was planting. So now I can replace them when I find some creeping Jenny or Jacobs Ladder.
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3 questions
  • Susie
    on Jun 1, 2018

    Why does your list of materials show a Rose of Sharon plant while your plant in the photos is a rhodpdendron?

    • Ila Brown
      on Jun 1, 2018

      I'm sure you can plant whatever you want for your area!

  • Bonnie Hinkle Zick
    on Jun 2, 2018

    What is a drain collar, please, and where do you get them? I googled it but nothing came up that looks like your project. What else could you use? Thank you in advance. Bonnie

    • Nancy Ludwig
      on Aug 9, 2018

      This was a free item from a friend and she gave me the name of it. In searching myself, I was not able to find one as large in the drain or chimney sections. However I did just see one on a renovation show and it came from within the chimney of an older home. The newer ones tend to be smaller. Check the salvage shops.

  • Awa32300563
    on Jun 2, 2018

    How can i get her your friend to make

    me a sign @ how muvh if will do

    • Nancy Ludwig
      on Jul 7, 2018

      My friend had the sign made by someone else. I have contacted the make to no avail. Should she contact me I will let you know. But for now it is a lost cause.

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  • Awa32300563
    on Jul 7, 2018

    Ok thanks for trying

  • Kristen
    on Jul 21, 2018

    I love this idea. And the paint made it even better. You could repaint every time you get bored with it.


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