Raised Planting Beds – Landscape Timbers
Raised planting beds can be constructed in a number of different ways. One very durable way that they can be constructed is by using 4 x 6 x 8’-0” landscape Timbers. Raised planting beds constructed in this manner have a number of pluses going for them. Chief among these would be the fact that they are constructed of an extremely thick material and will last a very long time.
The raised planting beds video below will walk you through a number of beds that have been constructed our property. These raised planting beds have all been constructed of the material mentioned above. Some of them are over eight years old and are showing no signs of needing replacement.
Here are some of the key items to take note of in this video.
- The corners of all the boxes are weaved together and each course. This means that the next course of wood will overlap the one below.
- All these raised planting beds are joined together using TimberLok Heavy Duty Wood Screws. The screws are not cheap, costing between $1.00 and a $1.25 a piece, but are worth their weight in gold with all the time and effort they will save you. The screws are readily available at Home Depot.
- If you’re placing your raised planting beds in an extremely wet area you might want to consider pouring a small concrete footer around the perimeter of the bed. This will raise the bed up out of the water and add many years of life to your construction.
- Something not mentioned in the video is that you can line the inside of the raised planting beds with pond liner before filling it with soil. This will have the effect of keeping excess moisture from reaching the inside face of your bed and extending their life. Just remember not to include the liner in the bottom of the bed; otherwise it will be a swamp.
Raised planting beds are a great way to add a decorative touch to your back yard while at the same time providing your plants with soil that is beneficial to them. Enjoy the video and please leave a comment in the comment box below.