Fort Worth gardeners enjoy longer growing seasons for hanging baskets but they often place them up high on roof eaves and overhangs, making them difficult for easy maintenance. They sometimes forget that the higher the basket the more difficult to maintain even in the Fort Worth milder climate zones. Follow these tips to mount your high hanging baskets for easy maintenance. Use a bracket with a pulley to lower and raise your high hanging baskets. If you are a newcomer to gardening visit the Fort Worth Botanic Garden for a multitude of plant varieties to consider for your high hanging baskets.
Things You’ll Need:
- Special bracket basket hanger with pulley system
- Screw eyes
- Heavy-duty nylon cord
- S-hook or swivel s hook connector
Locate your high hanging baskets to receive as much sun as your Fort Worth area allows. Check the DFW climate zone charts.
Buy a special bracket and basket hanger that incorporates a pulley system so that you can easily lower and raise the hanging basket. Check your local favorite Fort Worth nursery or Home Store for the pulley bracket system. See Martha Stewart for her method. Also Charleysgreenhouse has a pulley system that allows simple up-down pressure on basket if bottom of the hanging basket is within hands reach. Use a swivel s hook connector to easily turn your high hanging baskets with a long pole or rake handle.
If you are a DIYer, you can easily make your own from a standard heavy-duty bracket. Follow these steps:
- Fasten your bracket with exposed screw eyes instead of regular screws. Make sure the bracket and screw eyes are stainless steel or brass to resist the weather’s deteriorating elements.
- Drill hole in hanging end of bracket as shown in the illustration.
- Attach a weather proof nylon line to the pulley and secure it to the bracket with the pulley below the bracket as shown in the illustration.
- Use a stainless or brass S-hook to connect the line and the chains of the hanging basket.
- Directly below the location where the bracket is located on the wall, attach a cleat to hold the line at about head level on the wall. This would be a cleat much like you find on a sailboat or dock for temporaily securing lines.
- Be sure all bracket and cleat screws are securely fastened, hook the S-hook to the pully line and use the line at the wall to lower and raise the high hanging basket for easy maintenance. Lower and raise for watering and feeding according to the requirements of the Fort Worth planting recommendations.
Tips and Warnings:
- Pre-drill all screw holes.
- Use strong nylon cord sufficient to easily carry load of basket.
- Place ladder carefully against wall so it does not slip when securing bracket and pulley system.