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What makes New York Plantings Custom Built planters the best planter boxes available?

New York Plantings built heavy duty, purpose built planters made for outdoor use.

Strengthened and fortified in key areas while promoting good drainage : Drainage is one of the key elements in plant health. Well drained planters will not bare the stress of tons of pressure from freezing soil. If an engine block can split from ice a planter will surely expand/contract to become weak, separate at joints, split and fail.

Attached is the basic premise for the planter however we have improved upon this since.

Landscape Lighting and cedar planter installation NYC
Landscape Lighting and cedar planter installation NYC
Landscape Light Installation in Cedar Planter
Landscape Light Installation in Cedar Planter

The extensive use of long pocket hole screws holds better than we could have hoped for and reduces the need for redundant framing and “nailers” which are weak blocks used for attachment but not actual part of the structure.


Custom planter design by New York Planting in own work shop NYC


Long pocket hole screws used in Custom planter design for long life by New York Plantings

New York plantings custom planter design at own work shop NYC

Long pocket hole screws Items like the trim and caps etc. can be fabricated in the shop:

*much more accurate and attractive when made on a good table saw/band saw or sliding compound miter saw than the look of on site circular saw “helpers”

Solid stain applied to the inside of planters can be substituted with “RED GUARD” or similar waterproofing membrane that will effectively extend the life of the wood indefinitely.  The use of 5/4″ decking planks with pocket hole joinery (note NO framing which is always off unless the framing woof is perfectly straight and planed.

Depending upon style, each board is jointed and then planed, often each board is cut to exact size then routed on each edge.Either with factory style round over OR a bevel of 33 or 45 degrees.

Roof top custom planter design NYC by New York Plantings

Top caps can be used to lift planters in most instances the typical carpenters just tack on the top caps.

First the frame is assembled then attached to the planter. Again, made in the shop instead of on site. Cannot compare this work to on site work.

This allows perfect alignment, no gaps and true 90 degree joints.

These planters are built with solid 2X10 or 2X12″ planks. Each board is planed to perfect flatness and straightness then routed on each edge, cut down to exact sizes.

Note that our method shows no fasteners but traditional hiding of fasteners is weak since small framing is used. Framing wood is never perfectly straight: The pocket hole joinery uses screws up to 75% longer for added grip and clamping. keeping wood from warping over time.Edges Such as above will not sit straight and will have wide gaps/seams if the wood planks are not first planed and jointed.

Then, where edges meet the routing makes the joined edges look clean. This is a planter without the marine laminate liner.The 3/4″ marine laminate is designed to hold up in continuous wet environment, even saturated with water and not separate.Coated marine grade laminate is even more impervious to moisture.

Even though marine laminate is acceptable and even specified by architects and builders we have decided to use the 5/4″ thick wood OR 2″ thick solid wood bottoms (pressure treated or cedar #2 or#3 to save weight)The solid bottoms are held off the ground approx 1-2″ to allow for air to pass beneath.

NO HOLES are drilled in these solid wood bottoms. Drilling holes in bottoms will weaken the bottoms, shorten the life of any wood, solid or laminate by allowing water to enter the end-grain. Holes in planter bottoms will not offer good drainage either. By making spaces in the solid wood planks much as a deck is built the water easily drains, evenly (no wet or dry areas or puddling, fungus or moldy smells etc.)

Other smart and professional grade drainage options include “bulkhead fittings fwd in previous emails. All planter drainage can be routed directly to drain or even be recycled or re purposed to irrigate other planters.

Note bottoms of planters. There is no stronger planter made nor a better planter. Even with the marine grade laminate, the solid wood bottoms.

Note the air gap under the planter but the planter looks flush with the ground. Planters can be built with recess in bottom for LED lighting tubes.

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There are likely 100 different points to mention when it comes to how these planters are made, from the finger joint or staggered boards,

*the bracing that is made so that gardeners can plant large root balls anywhere on the planter so that they do not have to cut root balls or compromise spacing (cross bracing that actually

* bracing ties in the bottom to the sides, not just a piece of wood across the planter. Note the “V” shape of planter bracing.

Modular custom planters by New York Plantings Garden Designers and Landscape contracting

(modular planters are the planters that we deliver in sections and assemble onsite, these can be disassembled and moved more easily, these custom built modular planters can be made from cedar, IPE planters, pressure treated wood or mahogany, even composite planters. Do not hesitate to install custom built planters by newyorkplantings for your terrace, sidewalk planters, restaurant or hotel entry planters. You will always get a great planter box, custom buil to your specifications with delivery, soil and plantings such as trees, shrubs or flowers delivered and planted in NYC. Shipping worldwide for custom built planters)            


Custom built planters filled with professionaly planted flowers by New York Plantings Garden Designers

Newyorkplantings garden designers andLandscape Contractors have made a great business out of making use of this Manhattan based landscape company’s long standing hardscape design and installations by taking that outdoor custom carpentry skill in building customfences, rooftop and rear yard decks, and of course….planter boxes…

Custom planter box
Custom planter box
Large Custom planter box
Large Custom planter box

To make a dedicated shop solely to help manufacture custom builtplanters.

These beautiful large cedar custom planters are coated with 3 liberal coats of polyurethane clear after a fine 3 step sanding process. Hidden fasteners driven through the 3/4″ marine grade laminate liner and laminate beam reinforcement ties the sides to the bottom of planter.
A heavy duty 1.25″ thick pressure treated decking board is used for the bottom. Making the strongest and most beautiful custom planter boxes in NewYork City came from years of gardening experience on rooftop and penthouse gardens, planting in sidewalk planters for hotels and restaurants for commercial gardens and landscapes.

Noticing many styles and designs of wood planters as well as noting just where the traditional carpenters make mistakes or build planters with brads or nailguns to save time but this does not make as good of a joint as the heavy duty screws or stainless steel screws used by NY Plantings Garden Designers of Manhattan.
Taking note of where most Planters fell and need to be strengthened and where Planters tent to become soft splint or rotted and where Planters should be protected from the moist heavy soil that will deteriorate wood or create pressure inside the planter box.
The ability for a planter box to properly support a tree or plant encouraging growth and good plant health is possible by considering factors such as proper drainage ability, insulating qualities and of course custom sizing and shape that will grant as much soil capacity as possible. Even a few inches in each direction and almost double the soil capacity creating a much better living environment for plantings compared to pre made Planters purchased online or in local stores.
When looking for custom Planters in any size from window box Planters or flower boxes to large built-in Terrace Gardens, penthouse roof decks or large cube style tree Planters for sidewalks and cafes you can know that New Yorkplantings can build for you Planters that can last a lifetime. Contact New Yorkplantings garden designers & Landscape Contractors for your custom Planters. Payment is always made in full upon ordering and special service that goes beyond just a quality plaster such as delivery options with set up of drainage filter fabric and soil delivered to your home garden or commercial building rooftop and sidewalk gardens.
Call 3475587051 to order planters and discuss options.

New York Plantings Garden Designers and Landscapecontracting

432 E 14st

New York, NY 10009

Call: 347-558-7051

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