CedarCraft FAQs

General Gardening Questions
  • Should I use fertilizer?  If so what kind?
Great question!  We get asked about this a lot.  Check out our blog article on fertilizer here.
Cedar Planter Questions


  • What is rescued cedar?

Products made with rescued cedar mean the wood is comprised of small pieces of milled cedar wood that would have otherwise been scrapped.  These small pieces are joined together to create are larger components giving our products a beautiful mosaic look.  Best of all, no trees are specifically harvested to produce our rescued cedar planters.  

  • How thick are the cedar boards?

The cedar boards used in our products are 0.75 inches / 1.9 cm thick.

  • Is the cedar treated?

Our cedar is completely natural and untreated.  All CedarCraft products are proudly made in North America from Western Red Cedar sourced from Canada.

  • What kind of glue is used in rescued cedar?

To make CedarCraft’s beautiful Rescued Western Red Cedar panels a non-toxic glue is used.  This glue is specifically designed for our application.  Once cured, the glue becomes a solid adhesive that will not leach into surrounding mediums- even when wet.  Additionally, this formula eliminates VOC’s and waste found in many traditional adhesives.

  • Should I stain the cedar?

Without oil/stain, the biggest noticeable difference, is your planter will begin to develop a silver patina over a couple seasons.  If you wish to maintain the out-of-the-box look then it is recommended you oil or stain your planter.  Regardless of staining, your planter will provide you many-many years of gardening enjoyment. 


Spruce Planter Questions


  • How thick are the spruce boards?

The cedar boards used in our products are 0.75 inches / 1.9 cm thick.

  • What kind of stain is used on the spruce products?

Our spruce planters are treated with food-safe water-based wood preservatives.

  • What kind of screws are used in the planters?

Our planters are shipped with stainless steel screws.

  • Do the legs have a foot to not scratch up decks (if not using casters)?

The legs come with a pre-installed plastic foot to prevent scratching.  This foot also has a recessed receptacle for the caster.


Self-watering planters


  • What type of plastic? Is it food safe?

The plastic in the reservoir is polypropylene.  As you may be aware, polypropylene is one of the few “safe” plastics as it does not contain harmful phthalate or bpa and has a higher melting temperature.  Polypropylene, abbreviated PP, is FDA approved for food contact and is regularly used in food storage containers.  Below is a link related to plastics regulations from the fda.  https://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/PackagingFCS/default.htm