Planter box pool inspection pool certificate pool compliance

I’m sure that everyone from seasoned veteran to the freshest novice, have at some point asked:

What is a planter box? 

The humble planter box is something most of us have seen, even if you’ve grown up without a backyard or garden and goes by many names; some of them are flower box, planter, plant trough. 

A planter box is defined as something that, as the name suggests, is a box that is used for planting decorative or edible plants, vegetables, herbs and flowers. 

Generally speaking, a planter box is used for keeping live plants outdoors, however you can certainly find indoor applications

For example, you can easily keep a small planter box on a sunny kitchen window sill, so that as a chef you can always have easy access to a miniature kitchen garden.  

With a diverse range of applications, they can be lined on the ground, mounted on walls or even hung from ceilings. 

They can be made from many materials, however the most popular are wood, PVC and fibreglass. 

Wooden planter boxes are the classical choice although they are prone to rot after 3 – 5 years

Though with proper preparation and treating of the wood, wooden planter boxes can now be made to last up to 10 – 15 years.  

PVC and fibreglass planter boxes offer the benefit of being rot-proof, insect-proof and lightweight, sometimes even coming in cheaper than the rustic wooden alternatives. 

You can also find planter boxes constructed from materials such as metal or brick

Both are quite durable however, both can be quite heavy with metal being susceptible to rust build up and the brick being easier to crack. 

A great way to get the kids involved is to build your own planter box, from a ready made set.

You can pick a brick DIY set from Bunnings and most other reputable garden stores.

As always make sure you choose the right planter box for you, the application you’ll be using it for and to ALWAYS keep them clear of your Non-Climbable Zone (NCZ). 

If you do notice your planter box is within your NCZ simply use the steps in our next article about how to rectify a planter box in your non-climbable zone, and keep your pool safe. 

 Before you go!

Make sure you download your pool safety self-assessment checklist.

It’s the easiest way for you to do your routine pool safety checks, in the convenience of a PDF printable checklist.

Simply follow the image below to access your copy now

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