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How to Use Planter Reservoirs to Conserve Water & Help the Environment

Water is not always a free-flowing resource, especially as we look for new forms of conservation and ways to limit our impact on the environment. Luckily, there are steps you can take to ensure you do not waste water while keeping your plants healthy. Whether you have difficulty keeping your plants watered or want to learn new ways to help the environment, the use of self-watering planters will be beneficial. Keep reading to learn more about self-watering reservoirs and how to begin conserving water to do your part for the environment this Earth Day.

 

How to Choose a Planter Reservoir

When choosing a planter reservoir, pick from a range of sizes to fit your existing planter or contact us for custom sizes and orders, including planter reservoirs for window boxes, planter boxes, and even hanging baskets. No matter what type of plant you want to grow, you can make any container self-watering by adding one of our quality water reservoirs.

 

Setting Up a Self-Watering Reservoir

In order for your planter to properly disperse water, follow our instructions for using a planter well self-watering reservoir and look over some of the sizes we have available. This is something that any homeowner can do and setting up your self-watering planter is not a complicated task. In addition to window boxes, we also have a range of options for those wanting flowerpot reservoir inserts.

Make your flowerpots self-watering planters

Make your flowerpots self-watering planters

If you need to utilize a hanging basket for your plants, we have you covered. We have two separate options for your hanging plants – choose from a fiberglass hanging basket insert, which is a perfect match for our coconut coir basket liners, and a hanging basket planter reservoir. Both are easy to install and simple to refill.

 

Hanging basket fiberglass inserts with planter reservoirs are the best solution for hanging basket flowers.

Fiberglass inserts and planter reservoirs are the best solution for hanging basket flowers.

We also have square self-watering systems for square containers and large rounded reservoirs for larger planters. These reservoirs are installed in the same manner as the other water systems and over time you will discover that they offer a great return on investment.

 

Yet another solution for saving water and the time needed to refill your reservoir is the use of a rain catcher. These large water reservoirs can collect rain run-off from your downspouts, making the entire process hassle-free.

Rain catchers are a great way to save water and use it where you need it.

Rain catchers are a great way to save water and use it where you need it.

Save Time and Money

Having a planter reservoir can help you save time and money by limiting the amount of work needed to care for your plants on a regular basis and helping you conserve water. In some areas, recent droughts have led to water rationing and an increase in water utility rates. Save water in the garden and time needed to care for plants. As a bonus, conserving water is a great step towards limiting your use of natural resources and helping out the environment.

 

For any type of plant life, you can save water, time, and money, by using a planter reservoir. To start saving water while caring for your plant life, visit our website and take a look at our self-watering reservoirs for window boxes, planters, and hanging baskets. For custom sizes and order, feel free to contact us any time.

Ever wonder how these things just 'float' under windows?

Installing Window Boxes the Right Way

Ever wonder how these things just 'float' under windows?

Ever wonder how these things just ‘float’ under windows?

Planter boxes are timeless and beautiful home and garden additions. A well maintained window box planter can add a touch of elegance to any home. At HooksandLattice.com, you can choose from lots of different kinds of container designs and materials, like vinyl, wood, fiberglass, and various types of metal, but the material with the most versatility is that of the composite PVC window boxes.

Life’s Easier with PVC

PVC planter boxes have the appearance of wood and can be custom painted by HooksandLattice.com, like this ArmorCoat Bronze Laguna with Cleat Mounting System, which is actually a real bronze coating (install guide included). PVC composite material looks as elegant as true wood without the hassle of maintenance. PVC window boxes don’t feel like plastic, and when painted, they look and feel like actual wood.  Unlike vinyl, wood, and most metal boxes, a cellular PVC will not rot, bend, sag, crack, or rust.

How to Perform Your Window Box Installation

An improperly hung window box can not only cause damage to your home, but can also cause serious injuries to yourself and others. The following instructions are included only as an installation guide, and because PVC boxes can be installed on almost any siding, specific instructions will vary. Be sure to contact a licensed contractor for your project before you hang your PVC window box.

Measuring

For the most traditional and simple way to hang a new window box, use a direct mount window box planter. Before making your purchase, you want to make sure that you’ve got the right sized window boxes. As a general rule of thumb, it is recommended that you measure the window you intend to use so your planter box doesn’t extend more than four inches past your window.

Mounting for Wood/Vinyl/Stucco

  • Use a stud finder to locate the studs in your wall underneath the chosen window. Mark the spot of each stud. Not having a planter box properly secured to a stud in the wall is the quickest way to bring it and maybe even part of your wall to the ground.
  • Center the planter box underneath your window. Transfer the markings from the studs to your container and drill holes into the box. It is important to properly align your markings before you transfer them and start drilling so your project will be level.
  • Recenter the box underneath your window and mark the wall through the holes you just drilled in the box. This is where you will drill the pilot holes into your siding. If you don’t properly align your markings, you’ll be sure to have a lopsided planter box.
  • Drill the bolt holes through the marking you made on your siding, then bolt your container to the wall. PVC window boxes are often heavy, so it may suit you to use other tools, like heavy duty clips in addition to your bolts to keep your planter box secure.

 

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Do I need Brackets?

Before bolting composite flower boxes to the wall, you may want to add a pair of decorative brackets to your direct mount for additional decorative flair and support for your container. A window box can be heavy on its own, but its weight grows even more when you add soil and plants. While not necessarily required, decorative brackets can be useful to provide support in windy or otherwise dangerous areas. Click here to peruse both decorative and functional support brackets. Installing planters on brick or masonry? Our installation guides cover both!

Now that you know how to hang window boxes, your house is posed to be the talk of the neighborhood. Explore our selection of charming PVC window boxes and brackets on HooksandLattice.com to bring some variety into your home and garden today.

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Introducing ‘Can Do’ Curb Appeal Ideas with Sage!

We all love that friend with the creative, easy curb appeal ideas. The DIY-savvy type who makes us say to ourselves, “I want to try that!” Wouldn’t it be great to have that type of thrifty pal at your beckon call?

Now you can.

It’s with pleasure that we introduce Sage – the newest member of the Hooks and Lattice community. Like our customers, she can’t get enough of a good home and garden project. From window shutters and flower boxes, to indoor terrariums and home decor, Sage has tried it all! And now she’s here to share her tips and tricks with you.

No project is perfect.

And that’s part of the fun! Because the only way to know which home and garden ideas will ultimately succeed is to try. With the right tools, products and tips, more curb appeal ideas can be transformed into gorgeous results. Sage is no stranger to the bumps that sometimes surface along the way. Take advantage of her knowhow to help make your DIY projects smoother and more enjoyable.

Really, it’s about sharing the curb appeal love.

At Hooks and Lattice, we’re passionate about all things home and garden. We want Sage and her “Can Do Curb Appeal” ideas to serve as a useful extension of this enthusiasm. Ultimately, it’s about a sense of community to improve communities. Because when a house is truly a home, people and families tend to be happier and healthier.

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Get in on all of Sage’s home and garden adventures.

Whether you’re looking for new ideas, help with an ongoing project, or just comparing notes, Sage is your collaborator. And she’s not afraid to offer her opinion! Her “Sage” advice also includes notes on what not to do, which is something every DIY’er can appreciate.

So, you ask, what can I expect? All sorts of goodies. In each “Can Do Curb Appeal” segment Sage will be working on a new project. And it could be anywhere! From small space balcony gardening, to projects out in the yard. She also has ideas for sprucing up interior design, growing plants indoors, and much, much more!

How can I find the latest curb appeal tips and tricks?

Let Sage come to you via your Facebook and Twitter feed, or check in with us on the Hooks and Lattice website and blog. Have an idea for what Sage’s next project should be? Give us a shout on social media or drop us an email at info@hooksandlattice.com. And don’t be shy! We love it when our customers share their curb appeal trials, triumphs and inspirations! It’s the reason we do what we do.

Wrap-Around Iron Faux Balcony

Faux Balconies that Make a Statement

Wrap-Around Iron Faux Balcony

This wrap-around balcony is gorgeous, and makes this house the envy of the neighborhood.

Faux Balconies that Make a Statement

A quick and easy way to add character to a home and boost curb appeal is to add a faux balcony. It provides a unique and personalized look without the need for expensive construction of building an actual balcony. Plus, it adds a whimsical touch to both the inside and outside of your home. Here are three ways to use iron home accents to create a faux balcony that really makes a statement:

Add faux balconies with no offset to windows and doors for a boost of upscale curb appeal.

Add faux balconies with no offset to windows and doors for a boost of upscale curb appeal.

Juliet Balcony

Named after the great Shakespeare character, Juliet balconies are faux balconies that look like they could be real, but it lies nearly flat against the home. Their iron accents create visual interest and elongate the window, while creating the look of a French door. The Westwood Decorative Balcony mixes contemporary and classic styles for an interesting piece that will match most architectural styles. While Juliet balconies aren’t functional, they bring a sense of the outdoors in and are a great boost to the exterior of your home. For the complete look, use a Juliet balcony off the master bedroom, or across all windows on the upper level to create a uniform and stylish look.

Short Faux Balcony

While most Juliet balconies tend to be taller, some houses look best with shorter, more traditional faux balconies. The key to finding a decorative iron balcony that matches your home is to look at proportions. For homes with a shorter roof or less room under the window, a short faux balcony, such as this classic option, is the way to go. The shorter wrought iron decorative balcony adds interest and enhances the look of the windows without drowning out the rest of the home.

Finishing touches like finials and hand bent wrought iron scrollwork give your home a custom look and feel.

Finishing touches like finials and hand bent wrought iron scrollwork give your home a custom look and feel.

Pottery shelf

A less traditional take on the faux balcony is to install a decorative pottery shelf. Pottery shelves extend further from the home and are shorter underneath the window that other faux balconies. Like the name implies, they can hold pots or window boxes and can add a burst of colorful flowers to your home. The Dayspring pottery shelf is a charming option that looks great with or without plants and flowers inside. Although the shelf itself is shorter underneath the window, some pottery shelves like this scroll base model, have decorative iron elements underneath the shelves.

No matter which faux balcony you choose, the inside and outside of your home will benefit. The exterior will be lengthened and have an added charming touch, and the inside of your home will be opened and expanded with more access to the great outdoors. Faux balconies are the perfect simple way to make a big statement.