What type of wood is needed to build a planter box?
When building a planter box, you should select wood that will provide a sturdy support for your soil and plants, but that also will resist rot, mildew and insect infestations.Types of WoodWhen choosing wood for an outdoor planter box, keep in mind two factors: rot resistance and insect resistance. All wood will rot over time (especially if kept outdoors), but certain types of wood will last longer under harsh outdoor conditions.Rot-Resistant WoodThe three major types of rot-resistant wood are cherry heartwood, redwood and walnut. These woods tend to be more costly, but they are best-suited when building indoor planter boxes. For outdoor planter boxes, consider using less expensive woods that also resist rot, like cedar or teak.Insect-Resistant WoodSome types of trees produce natural chemicals that insects find offensive. For planter boxes, which attract bugs naturally, woods like cedar, cypress or a tropical hardwood are ideal.Price ConsiderationsGenerally, the more expensive the wood