A few tips to further improve your next treated wood timber landscape installation project
Updated: Oct 27, 2021
Even though concrete block seems to be the most commonly used construction material for raised beds and retaining walls in the residential landscape, I personally find wood (treated wood timbers in particular) to be superior in many ways.
For starters, not only is wood a completely renewable resource, but a properly installed treated wood structure (including adequate drainage) will easily last 20-25 years. In my opinion, a beautifully designed and constructed wood timber planting box, retaining wall, etc. is far more natural in appearance and complementary to adjacent plant material than its concrete counterpart. I realize that an argument can be made in that concrete block installations are more expensive because
they are to be considered “forever” where wood will eventually deteriorate over time. This point is absolutely correct in that the concrete block itself will likely outlast it’s owner!
Here are a few tips to extend the life and improve the quality of your next wood timber installation project.
– Use large dimensioned properly rated/treated wood timbers whenever possible. By choosing a minimum sized 6″ x 6″ treated wood timber (in lieu of 3″ x 5″, 4″ x 4″ or 4″ x 6″ timbers) will be less likely to warp and twist over time.
– Apply a suitable preservative to all end cuts made during the installation process.
– Prevent “always wet” soil conditions below/around wood timber structure by installing suitable drainage improvements wherever necessary.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for assistance with your next wood timber installation project. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!