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20. Install Flower Boxes

19. Install Flower Boxes

19. Install Flower Boxes
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Flower boxes artfully installed under the windows of your home, on the deck or on front porch railings can add tremendous beauty and curb appeal to your home. If you have a green thumb, you can create elaborate floral creations and greenery to display around your home.

If low-maintenance gardening is more your style, choose low-maintenance plants and flowers. Regardless of your approach to gardening, be sure and select colors that complement your home’s style and decor. You can buy pre-made flower boxes at your local gardening or home improvement store, or you can create your own from scratch.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Build the frames. Use cedar wood, as it is less prone to rot or break down. Cut cedar strips for the frame and butt the ends together so that no mitering will be necessary. Form rectangular frames; use a bead of wood glue to the junctions, then nail each junction with a single nail. Insert screws to hold them more securely.
  • Attach side panels. Make sure frames are flush with panel ends, or bottom panels won’t fit. If panels are jagged, you can smooth them with a trim saw later. Drive the nails at a slight angle if needed. Repeat on other side of the box.
  • Attach end panels.Stand half-completed box on end. Use wood glue to attach two panels to each end, again ensuring ends are flush on bottom. Repeat on the opposite end.
  • Attach bottom panels, then adjust your box to be square. Attach using wood glue and screws. Base will reinforce/brace the box. Drill holes in the panels so water can escape, or leave a gap between panels.
  • Sand rough edges; stain or seal the planter, or leave unfinished. Fill with soil and the flowers of your choosing.