Container gardening is a common option for those who only have decks or balconies and limited yard space. While setting traditional plant pots around the floor is one option, you can also hang pots over the railing on the deck. These planters can be positioned on the outside of the railing facing away from the home or toward the inside of the patio. To do this, you will need to purchase deck railing planters that come with hardware to secure the planter to the rail.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- Deck rail planters
- Potting soil
Place a tape measure at the top edge of the handrail on the railing and measure the width as precisely as possible. Write down the measurement and take it with you to the store to purchase the rail planter. Make sure the planter package indicates it fits your size rail.
Set the planters along the floor in front of the deck rail and move them around until you find a spacing that is aesthetically pleasing to you. You can space them at equal distances or group them together.
Turn the planters to face the direction that you want them to face. For example, they can face away from the home or towards the home.
Lift the planter up and set the bottom bracket over the rail. Have a friend hold it in place while you insert the provided screws into the bracket and secure it to the railing with a screwdriver. Some planters have an adjustable bar that slides in and out to tighten it against the rail.
Shake the planter gently with your hand to make sure it feels secure.
Hang additional railing planters in the same manner and then place soil and plants into each one.
Tips and warnings
- Some rail planters do not have any hardware. Instead, these planters have an indented area on the bottom that simply slides over the hand rail.
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