How to Install and Plant Window Boxes | This Old House

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to properly mount window boxes, and This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares expert planting tips. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)
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Shopping List for Installing and Plant Window Boxes:
– cellular PVC window box
– siliconized caulk
– 5/16-inch-diamter x 4 inch-long galvanized lag screws and washers
– PVC cement
– assorted annuals and perennials
– landscape fabric
– washed stone
– potting soil
– liquid fertilizer

Tools for Installing and Plant Window Boxes
– drill/driver
– zip tool
– right-angle drill
– caulk gun
– ratchet wrench

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20 Comments

  1. Pat A on February 23, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Wouldn’t it have been easier to use a stud finder than to pull up the siding and go thru’ all the problem of putting it back properly?

  2. escape0007 on February 23, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Those are the loneliest looking window boxes, that guy had bad flower choices

  3. Porsche924Tim on February 23, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    The vinyl siding installer should have nailed the siding into the spot where there is a framing stud.  Apparently the installer on this house did not…

  4. A. Madrigal on February 23, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Link for that planter box?

  5. Thomas Ralfenson on February 23, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Woodglut has a very large project base.

  6. Tamara Tamrot on February 23, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    I made it with Woodglut plans!

  7. Naomi and Corvin on February 23, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    I remember finding this show painfully boring as a kid, but now it is essential knowledge. Didn’t know about needing to caulk the drill holes, thank you!

  8. Nick Hill on February 23, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Didn’t know it would be that complicated.

  9. Tankizard on February 23, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    What kind of rope is the wicking material made out of?? I’ve been wanting to make my own version of this reservoir for a long time now

  10. PHISHIT on February 23, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    congratz, u just installed what will eventually end up as weeds in-front of your windows.

  11. LoKei13 on February 23, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    That reservoir is a great touch, gonna have to build one of those. Is the rope nylon or what?

  12. Dávid Kalló on February 23, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    You gotta lova American houses. Sticks of wood covered in multiple layers of plastic.

  13. Mrs Poulter on February 23, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you so much!!!! I gave up on my dream of having the perfect window flower box until this video. I also have vinyl siding and it’s a pain! I’m so grateful for you! Thank you!

  14. Micah Aragon on February 23, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Would this be the same process for a stucco house?

  15. Sonia Ynclan on February 23, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    So complicated

  16. XzTS on February 23, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    That was a flawless transition from light Bostonian accent heavy Bostonian accent

  17. HogFanstuckinBama on February 23, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Couldn’t you use a stud finder on the inside to find a stud for reference? This would eliminate peeling off the siding.

  18. Brett Wyrick on February 23, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    WINDOW BAWHX!

  19. joseph Norcal USA #1 on February 23, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Helpful information, thank you for sharing !!

  20. madpaddy73 on February 23, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    The client has no idea what they are talking about

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