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Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Got your holiday list ready? To make your holiday shopping even easier, we’ve compiled some ideas for every type of person on your list. And the best part? You can order it online and avoid the crowds. Consider it our present to you. Happy shopping!

Fall Window Box Ideas, Tricks & Treats

This fall, don’t leave your windows out on the fun of the season! These window box decorating ideas incorporate everything you love about the season, from breathtaking arrangements of fall flowers to autumn-inspired décor like colorful pumpkins and other gorgeous gourds! Get ready to let everyone on your block know you’re pumped for pumpkin spice […]

How Should Exterior Shutters Fit?

From Colonial to country, our exterior shutters will complement your home’s architecture, upgrade your exterior, and give your home your own personal touch. But what if you’re not exactly sure which shutters will look best on your house, or how to get the right ones to fit your windows? Let us help you in this […]

How to Keep Hanging Baskets from Drying Out

“Why do my hanging baskets die?” This is a common question, and yet the answer in most cases is surprisingly simple: they are not getting enough, or a consistent amount of, water. Because the plants and flowers that are planted in hanging baskets have little room to grow, and the small amount of soil included […]

How to Prep Your House for Airbnb Guests

New to Airbnb hosting? We’ll help you prepare your home for Airbnb with this list of tips on how to make your property a haven that your guests will remember. Some of the items on these lists are “must-haves,” while others fall under the “it would be nice to offer.” But one thing is for […]

Hard-to-Kill Plants for Your Fiberglass Flower Boxes

As a self-proclaimed “brown thumb gardener” (somewhere between green and black), I am always looking for low-maintenance gardening tips and tricks to make my greenery look—and stay looking—great with little care. That is why I’ve compiled this list of plants and flowers that are as hardy as they are pretty, and perfect for fiberglass flower boxes.

Greet Spring with Bright White, Easy-to-Install PVC Window Boxes!

Nothing says spring like clean, white window flower boxes overflowing with vibrant flora and fauna. Close your eyes and picture your home brought to life with bright flowers of the filler, spiller, and thriller varieties. Whether you’re sprucing up a new home or energizing the one you’ve lived in for years, window boxes are an inexpensive yet dramatic way to add instant color and beauty to your home’s exterior. And our PVC window boxes, which are made from a solid-core cellular PVC composite material, are durable and long-lasting under any condition.

Add color and dimension to your home’s exterior with our white PVC window boxes, like in this photo from @beechdesigngroup

Spring-White Window Box Styles, from Traditional to Contemporary

Country chic or modern and sleek? Whatever your overall design scheme, we have the window boxes that will work with it. Choose from several varieties, including the elegant Laguna window box, the streamlined Newport window box, or the modern Tapered Urban Chic window box. All of these chic styles come in a crisp, clean white design that looks (but doesn’t rot!) like painted wood. On top of that, any of these lovely window planter boxes can be further customized to fit your window!

This lovely outside view from @kimhopkins inspires new spring window box recipes

Installs in Minutes, Meaning More Time to Enjoy the Springtime Sun!

Want to be able to install the window boxes yourself, and easily take them down when you’re ready to plant new blooms? The “Easy Up” Cleat Mounting System we offer for our PVC flower boxes lets you install them in minutes and do it as a one-person job! Just affix the cleat onto your home siding under your window, or on any flat vertical surface, and then attach the planter. Easy peasy! Plus, who wants to wobble around trying to hang an unwieldy window box when there are garden parties and spring festivities to enjoy now that the days are longer and warmer!

Easy cleat mounting system makes hanging this PVC window box a one-person job

Spring Showers? No Rot, No Worries! (And They’re Bug-Proof Too!)

Spring showers bring May flowers but also wood rot and insect infestation for many window boxes. But our PVC window boxes are made with a water- and insect-resistant composite material, making them rot-proof, mildew free, and completely bug-proof! Not only that, but they won’t crack or dent no matter how long you’ve had them or how much soil, plant, and water weight they hold.

Get “spring-spiration” from our Window Box Inspiration Board! Browse photos from garden lovers like yourself, and get plenty of new window box decorating ideas!

Paint To Match Your Home and Make Your Spring Flowers Pop!

Keep your PVC window boxes bright white or paint them to match or complement your home’s exterior shutters, siding, or trim. Our durable PVC window boxes dry quickly when painted, and have that same, smooth finish as the original planter box design, but in the hue of your choice.

Shop several styles of our PVC window boxes at HooksandLattice.com or call us at 800-896-0978 to place your order.  

 

Self-Watering Reservoirs for Window Box Planters - Easy Curb Appeal - Hooks and Lattice

Self-Watering Reservoirs: Best Kept Secret in Container Gardening

Are you searching for a simple solution for keeping your plants healthy? By using self-watering planters, you do not have to worry about regular watering. You simply fill the self-watering reservoirs for window boxes and your plants take care of the rest – remaining hydrated weeks at a time, depending on weather conditions.

Thanks to this easy-to-use container irrigation setup, you no longer need a green thumb to maintain your plant life. Read on to learn how to make DIY self-watering planters for residential or commercial use.

What is a Self-Watering Reservoir?

As the name implies, self-watering reservoirs for window boxes and planters allow your plants to absorb water as needed. They are essentially plastic containers with a tube extending from the top.

You can find them in a wide selection of sizes and shapes, to accommodate any planter. This includes our 36x8x3-inch rectangular self-watering reservoir, which fits rectangular planters. For a large square planter, we have a 24x24x3-inch reservoir – along with dozens of other options, including custom reservoirs to fit your planter.

In this educational container gardening video, Claire covers how to make any window box planter self-watering in just minutes. Click to watch or shop planter box reservoirs online.

How Do You Use Self-Watering Planters?

Self-watering planters are incredibly easy to use. They also ensure that your plants do not receive too much or too little water. You just need to choose the right size. Plants will wick moisture from the surrounding 9 inches of soil, depending on the plan and planter size. So, your reservoir should be no more than 18-inches shorter than the length of your planter, again proportional relative to size.

There are just 3 steps to using your reservoir to keep your plants hydrated:

Step 1 – Arranging Your Reservoir

First, you place a thin layer of gravel along the bottom of your planter. This will help provide drainage in the event that you add too much water. Top off the gravel with an inch or two of soil. You then set your reservoir on top of the gravel and soil layers. The included fill tube 

Step 1: Place Reservoir in Any Window Box Planter

Step 2 – Adding Soil and Plants

With your reservoir in place, you can begin adding soil. As you add soil, tamp it down, while avoiding packing too firmly. Make sure that you allow the reservoir tube to extend from the surface of your soil.

Once you add soil, you can add plants as usual. You can hide the tube, but you should ensure that you can still easily pour water into it.

Step 2: After placing the planter reservoir in your container, add soil and plants.

Step 3 – Fill Your Reservoir with Water

The final step is to fill your reservoir with water. Pour water until you can see water in the tube. Through capillary action, your plants will absorb as much water as they need. You no longer have to deal with over or under-watering.

Generally, a full reservoir should keep your plants hydrated for up to 2 weeks. This makes PlanterWell reservoirs great for residential and commercial use. Conserve water and keep plants hydrated as needed while reducing maintenance time and increasing curb appeal with beautiful containers.

Step 3: After adding soil and plants, fill reservoir with water using the PVC fill tube. There is no way to over water!

You should be able to tell when the reservoir is empty by looking through the watering tube. Shining a light down the tube could help with this process. Much like you check the oil levels of your vehicle you can also use a dowel to measure water levels. You should refill your reservoir in the mornings before the plants begin to receive their sunlight for the day for best results.

Simplify Your Plant Care with Water Reservoirs

Caring for plants is not always easy. You may forget to water them regularly or you may not have the time to keep your plants watered. For this reason, many turn to the best-kept secret in container gardening – self-watering reservoirs.

If you want to simplify the way you care for your plants, then consider using self-watering planters. You can start with a self-watering reservoir DIY project or purchase any of our durable pre-made reservoirs.

You can easily add a self-watering system to any of your existing residential or commercial planters. Browse our selection of planter reservoirs to create your own self-watering garden.

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How To Care for Hanging Baskets

How to Care for Blossoming Hanging Baskets Year-Round

Considered a staple for moms and gardeners, hanging baskets have become to go-to for on-the-go flower-lovers who want to add a little color and curb appeal to their interior and exterior home décor. There are hundreds of hanging planters that you can purchase at major depots, but for gardeners, the real fun can be transplanting their own flowers into thriving hanging baskets of their own creation.

In this article, we will offer you tips on how to care for and maintain your selection of hanging flower baskets, as well as information about different liners and helpful self-watering reservoirs.

The Perfect Hanging Basket for You

When perusing hanging baskets, you will find that there is an abundance of unique hanging flower planters to choose from. There are ones with French wire scrolling, ones that have been handcrafted from beautiful bronze or gold Greek brackets, ones that have been molded from hard moss…and hundreds of other options.

Moss hanging basket

 

The trickiest part will be finding the perfect one for you – one that matches the personality of your home, and yourself, while giving you the opportunity to build a flourishing, gorgeous bunch of your favorite flowers. Our advice? Go with what you love at first sight. This is one of those follow your heart moments that will come in handy because your first instinct is to pick the hanging flower planter that you will cherish the most.

Finding a Liner that Works Best

As many hanging baskets as there are, there are almost twice as many hanging basket liner options. We prefer the all-natural route of coconut coir liners, made from an organic concoction of coconut fibers and tree sap.

Coco liners in hanging baskets

Coconut coir liners are strong, yet fibrous, allowing roots from your flowers to grow deep, providing the best circulation of air to nourish and nurture your plants. They are accommodating to a variety of hanging flower planter sizes and shapes, and each liner retains moisture for days after regular watering.

Self-Watering Reservoirs for Hanging Basket Maintenance

Hanging basket maintenance is more than just finding the perfect coconut coir liner, or snagging the best hanging flower basket, a self-watering reservoir could make all the difference.

Self-watering reservoir in a hanging basket

For on-the-go gardeners, self-watering reservoirs will keep your soil moist when you don’t have the time to nourish your hanging basket plants. You simply fill up the fill tubes with water and leave it be for a few days. A 6-inch single self-watering reservoir can maintain an 18-inch hanging flower basket for up to 3 days at a time.

Caring for the blossoms that are blooming in hanging flower baskets requires time. Not as much as gardening vegetables, mind you, but there is definitely an art to growing beautiful flowers in mid-air.

 

 

Custom Modern Farmhouse Window Box

Modern Farmhouse Window Box

Introducing the Newest Edition:

The Modern Farmhouse Window Box

This isn’t your traditional window box, and just by looking at it you’d never know it wasn’t wood! Our modern farmhouse window box, which is actually sturdy fiberglass, will upgrade your home’s curb appeal without the upkeep of a traditional wooden window box.

Start your home’s curb appeal improvement project with a modern taken on cottage charm.

Because these window boxes are made from strong fiberglass, they will not rot, warp, or change color like standard wood window boxes do over time. They also weigh less than traditional window boxes so you can be sure that, with proper installation, they won’t cause any problems.

With its easy cleat mounting system, it is also incredibly versatile with four mounting options; home exteriors, decks, fences, and railings. If you’re looking to make your curb appeal more consistent by adding window boxes to the second story, we have a surprise for you, these window boxes are also completely finished on the bottom. Mounting these window boxes on a rail is no problem either, the back of the box is painted the main color of the box, as shown in the picture below.

Modern Farmhouse Window Box Cleat Mounting System

Modern Farmhouse Window Box with Cleat Mounting System

Each window box has pre-fabricated drainage holes on the bottom so you won’t have to worry about over watering and the water spilling all over your home’s exterior. You can even make these a self-watering window box planters with an optional planter reservoir to ensure your plants and flowers are watered adequately with minimal effort.

Custom Modern Farmhouse Window Box

Custom Modern Farmhouse Window Box

Normally, we can’t custom make fiberglass window boxes, but we’ve made an exception for these beauties!

Give us a call at 1-800-896-0978 with your needed dimensions and our estimates team will draw you up your very own modern farmhouse window box!