I like my neighbor, but I don’t want to see him every day when I step out of my backyard. I knew I wanted a lattice privacy screen so I could grow a climbing vine that will give me a natural wall to enjoy.
After building the lattice screen, I realized I was going to struggle with mounting it to a sturdy foundation. The conventional way is digging down 2-3 feet, putting down a post, and then filling with cement. An associate at Home Depot said the wood will rot over time so I didn’t want to deal with that nor did I want something permanent just in case I want a change. I figure by mounting my lattice to a planter, I should have enough weight to keep the structure steadfast as well as have aesthetic quality.
After screening some ideas on pinterest, I came up with this design for my needs. Most of the stand alone lattice screen planters I saw didn’t look like they would hold up to the powerful winds we have in Colorado so I modified some ideas and tried to keep costs low.
6′ cedar fence (8) ($2.15 x 8 = $17.20) ( Free if you use free wood from neighbors)
1+ 3/4″ Wood Screws (50 for $5.76)
1″ Wood Screws (50 for $3.88)
3″ Wood Screws ( 3x.96 = $2.88)
2×8 Stud Posts (2) (2×2.94 = $5.88)
4×8 Lattice Screens (one cut to 2×8 so I could have a 6×8 wall) (2 x$20= $40)
Paint (free, leftover)
2×2 posts (6) (free, leftover)
Total: $75.60 without tax
Tools: Clamps. Miter saw, Drill
I built my first planter for free using free wood from a neighbor’s fence, but the posts were a bit warped and I didn’t get good alignment, which is why I purchased new cedar planks.
Despite the deception in the picture, don’t expect perfection. Even the new cedar planks were a little warped but they were fairly aligned.
Suggestions for next time:
-Alternate the fence post so you have a curve and a straight edge next to each other
-Rather than an open planter, create a wooden base so the soil can weigh down the planter for a more sturdy foundation
-Install the lattice last. (I created the lattice panel first and then attached it to the planter, which was a bit challenging to move around.)