How to Build a Landscape Timber Planter Box


Planter boxes are easy ways to garden without the hassle of weeding. They are a pretty addition to the lawn as well. Using landscape timbers that are pre-cut is an easy way to build a planter box and enables anyone to make their own. Improve your lawn by installing a landscape timber planter box.

Step 1

Determine the area where you want the planter box to be. Measure the area (8 feet by 4 feet) with the tape measure. Use the spray paint to outline the area.

Step 2

Shovel out the grass and weeds inside the painted area to clear the soil of all debris.

Step 3

Dig a 6-inch-deep trench along the painted lines and as wide as one landscape timber.

Step 4

Place a landscape timber in each trench with the 4-foot sections resting inside the 8-foot sections. Lay another landscape timber on top of this first layer, nail in place with the nails on each end of the timbers, and equally spaced along the timber.

Step 5

Add two more layers to the timbers and nail these in place as well.

Step 6

Measure and cut the correct size of landscape fabric to place inside the box on top of the soil. Cut a hole in the fabric in the desired location for plants.

Things You'll Need

  • 8 8-foot landscape timbers
  • 8 4-foot landscape timbers
  • 16 12-inch landscape nails
  • Rubber hammer
  • Landscape fabric
  • Shovel
  • White spray paint
  • Tape measure


  • Backyard Landscaping Ideas

Who Can Help

  • Gardening Resources
Keywords: landscape timbers, planter box, landscape fabric

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Cathy has 5 years experience in newsprint as an Assistant Editor. She is a Freelance Writer for Demand Studios & private contracts. She has 20 years experience working in the medical field and is currently licensed as a Texas Insurance Representative. She also has many years in home improvement and gardening.