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PVC Sleeve Planters

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Scatter these planters as lawn or landscape accents. Or arrange them in rows to form edging that also becomes part of your garden.

PVC sleeve planters with plants in a yard

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Hacksaw
  • Measuring tape
  • Square
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Drill and 3/8-in bit


  • 4-in x 4-in x 72-in white vinyl fence post, #24992 or #84055
  • Lava Rock, 1 cubic foot, #92124 or #2568
  • Garden soil, 2 cubic feet, #156800
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Step 1

Along the length of a PVC fence post sleeve, measure and place marks at 18, 34, 48, and 60 inches. Use a square to extend the marks on two opposite faces of the sleeve.

Step 2

Use a hacksaw to cut the sleeve into pieces. Sand the rough edges to remove cut marks and debris.

Step 3

On two opposite faces of each sleeve, measure up 6 inches from the bottom and drill centered 3/8-in drainage holes.

Step 4

To anchor a planter where you want it, first dig a 4-in-deep hole. Place the planter in the hole and backfill around the outside edges. Check that the drainage holes are at least 1-1/2 inches above the ground.

Step 5

Add enough rock to the bottom of the planter to extend above the drainage holes. Then add a folded sheet of newspaper to cover the rock and add garden soil to hold the paper against the rocks.

Step 6

Follow label directions to transfer plants to the sleeve and add soil to 1/2 inch from the top of the sleeve. Water lightly. Repeat for the remaining sleeve planters.