Adding a rustic, potted planter to your outdoor setting can add much needed life to any space. By making the planter with fallen branches from trees in your yard, you will have a creative piece and give the branches a second life.
Backyard Oasis: DIY Planter
By Chris Lambton
- Ideal for driving nails during a wide variety of common tasks on the job site or around the house
- Milled face grips nail head to help prevent hammer from sliding off the nail head when striking
- Patented IsoCore™ Shock Control System absorbs strike shock and vibration to reduce the punishment your body takes, transferring 4X less shock and vibration than wood handles
- Insulation sleeve captures initial strike shock before it can reach your hand
- Dual-layer handle features a specially formulated combination of insulating materials to dampen lingering vibration
- Magnetic nail-starter groove allows you to start nails with one hand in hard places
- Rip claw pulls nails quickly and easily
- Handle flare keeps the tool firmly in hand when swinging
- Softgrip® handle features a sculpted profile to fit the natural shape of your hand
- Patent-pending, strategic handle texturing features large dimples where fingers rest for maximum grip and small dimples where the palm rests to help prevent blisters
- Extended grip lets you choke up for added control when making precision strikes
- Head optimized for balance, weight and superior durability
- Forged, heat-treated steel is finished with a rust-resistant coating
- Tested to exceed ISO and international standards for striking tool durability
- Length: 13.5"
- Weight: 20 oz.
- Full lifetime warranty
- IsoCore™ 20 oz Milled-face General Use Hammer (13.5")
- Ideal for digging when planting, taking up plants, turning earth and more
- Extra-large handle with Softgrip® provides exceptional grip and comfort
- Extra-large polished cast-aluminum head with sharp edge moves more soil faster, resists rust and cuts through tough turf
- Durable design won’t break
- Handle hang hole provides easy storage
- Full lifetime warranty
- Big Grip Trowel (400S)
- Ideal for clearing brush and cutting thick branches
- Fully hardened, precision-ground steel blade stays sharp, even through heavy use
- Blade features rust-resistant coating for lasting value
- Safety tension lever provides cutting control
- Lightweight tubular-steel frame is easy to grip and carry
- Replacement blade available
- Blade length: 21"
- Lifetime warranty
- Bow Saw (21")
- PowerGear patented gear technology multiplies leverage to give you up to 3X more power on every cut
- Powers through thick branches that traditional loppers and pruners can't
- Patent-pending design with modified gears and cam mechanism optimizes your cutting power in the middle of the cut where the branch is thickest and you need it most
- Makes cutting dramatically easier than it is with other tools
- Fully hardened steel blade stays sharp, even through heavy use
- Low-friction coating helps the blade glide through wood, prevents the blade from gumming up with sap and debris and helps the blade resist rust
- Rounded ergonomic handles with Softgrip touchpoints enhance comfort and control
- Tough steel construction with riveted handles offers lasting durability
- Bypass blade style
- Length: 32"
- Maximum cutting capacity: 2" dia.
- Lifetime warranty
- PowerGear2™ Lopper (32")
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Great for a wide range of common on-the-job tasks, this general use hammer features our patented IsoCore™ Shock Control System to reduce shock and vibration by 4X.
Dig in tough soil with a tool that’s as durable as it is comfortable.
The sharp, lightweight design of our traditional bow saw is great for cutting branches and clearing brush.
Enhanced to maximize leverage where you need it most, so you can power through branches up to 2" diameter with ease.
2” thick tree limbs
1. You will need to find branches that are strong enough to support a pot filled with soil and plants. I recommend branches between 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches thick. The Fiskars PowerGear2™ Loppers can be used on branches up to 2" thick. For larger branches, I recommend using the 21” Bow Saw. Cut these branches into three two-foot pieces. You will also need three branches that are about 1" thick to use as cross braces.
2. When assembled, the wood pieces will form a triangle base for the pot to fit into. Start by attaching one of the smaller branches to the mid-point of two larger branches. I use 1-1/4” nails to hold the branches together. The IsoCore™ 20oz general use hammer is perfect for this job.
3. Repeat until all three base pieces are connected to the cross pieces forming a triangle base
4. With the base built, it’s time to fill and plant the pot. The Big Grip Trowel is built for this with its extra-large aluminum head. It moves dirt fast, and with its Softgrip handle, not only does it provide comfort, but exceptional grip as well.
5. Add your favorite colorful plants plus a filler to complete the project. Be sure to think about where you will place your planter when selecting plants. The amount of sun and your planter will get will determine which plants will grow best in your space.
6. Place your base in the desired location, and add your planted container.
Enjoy your new DIY planter.