Planting a beautiful garden is one of the best ways to brighten up any backyard. Flowers and plants offer a splash of color and new life that you just don’t get from other backyard decorations. When planting a garden, it’s important to house your plants in a secure structure. Stonewall backyard planters are easy to construct and offer the perfect place to display and protect plants of all kinds. Read on for tips on building beautiful stone planters for your backyard.
Make a plan
Before starting any construction project, it’s important to make a plan. That means deciding on how large you want to make your planters, as well as where they should go. Do you want to make several planters of the same shape and size? Do you want many planters in different locations all over your backyard? It’s important to answer these and other questions before starting construction. Once you have the perfect design, use stakes to mark out the areas in which your planters will go. This will help you decide if your planters are in a good spot, or if you need to make some adjustments.
Creating a foundation
A good foundation will help ensure the quality of your planter. Dig about six inches into the ground in the area you’ve marked. That should get you right below the soil level. After that, you’ll want to lay down a base of gravel. A little over three inches of gravel should suffice. After laying down the gravel, compact it with a hand tamper. You can find hand tampers at most home supply stores.
Constructing the planter
Once you have the base in place, you can start constructing the planter itself. Start placing your stones in the area that you’ve marked off for the planter. You can either use mortar to keep the stones together, or go mortarless. When going mortarless, it’s important to purchase interlocking stone blocks.
Be sure to constantly check for levelness when placing your stones. This will help prevent you from having to start all over should you make a mistake. You could also construct a great planter by reusing old bricks. Using old bricks will help save money on stone blocks.
Add your soil
After constructing the walls of your planter, you can next add the soil. It’s recommended that you line the planter with landscape fabric before adding soil. This will prevent soil from seeping through the cracks of your planter. Be sure to invest in high-quality soil that will allow your plants to thrive all summer. Visit your local gardening store for the best advice when it comes to choosing soil.
Now that you have your new planters ready to go, it’s time to start planting! Choose plants that are likely to thrive in your area’s particular climate. Be sure to do plenty of research on any plants you’re considering as some require more care than others.
Constructing a planter is usually fairly easy, though it can take a lot of time and energy. If you’re already busy enough, consider contacting a local residential masonry service to build the planters for you.
If you’re in need of top-quality masonry services at competitive prices, contact Langenfeld Masonry & Concrete today to schedule a consultation. From reusing old bricks to designing custom masonry structures, we’d love to assist with your project.