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

Nancy Ludwig
by Nancy Ludwig
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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.
Good bye 20 Year Old planter.
I purchased 12 cinder blocks. Placing them in this pattern, on ground I had leveled out.
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.
I then filled the outer holes of the cinder blocks with dirt, so I could plant more plants around the collar.
This angle shows the heat pump and garbage can.
Now they can’t be seen from the golf course side.
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.
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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  • Bonnie Hinkle Zick Bonnie Hinkle Zick on Jun 01, 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

  • AM AM on Jun 02, 2018

    How can i get her your friend to make

    me a sign @ how muvh if will do

  • Lynn Lynn on Sep 11, 2022

    Is the sign handmade or shop bought? 😍

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  • Marie Marie on Aug 09, 2021

    Thanks for the great idea. I was looking for any tips on hiding my ugly well end cap in the middle of my paved terrasse. Now i will use those cinderblock, i will use only 8 and i have that terracota piece to add on top. Perfect idea. I love it

  • Nancy Ludwig Nancy Ludwig on Aug 09, 2021

    Thank You Marie.