[Timber Blog] Timber in Landscaping and Gardening

cp-new2Timber has it’s place in everyone’s home and garden, and more and more we are realising that there is an ongoing passion for timber, particularly in the great outdoors.  Our customers seem to instinctively know that timber looks perfect in open air surroundings, back in its natural environment.  As suppliers we are responding with a greater range of outdoor timber products, and trying to consistently match the requirements of our clients and allow them the opportunity to create the very ideas that they have in their mind.

Environmental awareness continues to influence our customers choice of materials and as well as being a material that adds charm and character, timber is the truly renewable construction material.

New Oak Raised Bed KitTimber within the garden is extensively used in decking, fencing, garden furniture, garden structures and in decorative horticultural use, such as raised beds, planters, pergolas,
archways and trellises.

Using wood to edge a bed instantly adds an organic and rustic feel to the garden. Many types of wood can be used, from treated posts to landscape timbers, and there is a wide variety of options in terms of quality of materials. Less-expensive wood edging will last for a few years, while treated durable wood edging will have a far longer life span.

An ideal use for landscape timbers within the garden is to build levels and add height, giving a previously flat garden a more interesting and dynamic feel.

Lincoln SummerhouseTimber is also widely used within people’s recreation time and recreation areas, play houses and sandpits, summer houses and gazebos, picnic tables and benches – the list is endless.

Given the variety of uses for timber, its essential that the correct timber, treated and processed in the right way, is selected.  We are finding that an every increasing number of people, not just trade professionals, are opting to visit us, as their local timber merchant. Once at our yard, customers find a variety of products available, and this is combined with the knowledgeable staff whose advice and guidance is key to the service we offer.

When guiding our customers, there are a few general pieces of advice that we offer:-

The durability of wood in an outdoor environment will depend on the species of wood chosen, its treatment and its end use.  Most timber used in the garden is softwood, from carefully managed forests in Scandinavia, the Baltic States and the UK.

HW%20Deck%20Cat(1)When using wood anywhere outdoors, consideration should be given to using timber which has been professionally pressure treated with a suitable preservative.  Treatment is essential if the wood is going to be in contact with the ground.

There is also the option of further enhancing the timber by using a wood stain.  These allow the texture and grain of the timber to show through, giving you the colour you want, without losing the natural qualities of the timber.

As long as any pressure treated wood that is cut, drilled or notched is subsequently coated with an ‘end grain treatment’ preservative then the softwood should not need  further treatment.

If you would like further advice or assistance with selecting products for your garden, from fencing and decking through to sleepers and sheds, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 01474 444150 or sales@forestrall.co.uk

 

 

 

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