With Instructables you can share what you make with the world, and tap into an ever-growing community of creative experts. For years the treatment used was CCA this was the one which was voluntarily taken off the market for non-structural purposes by the industry due to the arsenic levels. Landscape timbers give every homeowner the ability to turn their eyesore exterior into a landscaping masterpiece. To simplify, landscape timbers are used to build planter boxes and raised beds for gardening. The possibilities are endless, but before you go and purchase landscape timbers, make sure you read all there is to know about this highly attractive landscaping feature. There are certain landscape timber basics all must know before embarking on such a landscaping project. According to our landscape timbers cost estimator, all types of landscape timbers vary in price.
Natural Untreated: Most pay $300 for untreated landscape timbers that covers 50 linear feet.
If your yard is not level or has drainage issues, the timbers may deteriorate, rot or shift out of place.
Untreated timbers have some natural resistance to fungal growth, moisture and temperature extremes. When a natural landscaping timber begins to deteriorate, one must replace the decaying log right away.
As I said above, there are numerous applications for landscape timbers such as landscape curbing, building a garden bed or separating a walkway.
Besides a huge bump in curb appeal, there are various benefits to installing landscape timbers.
Durability: Treated timbers can last up to seven years and plastic can last several decades.


Accessibility: Raised beds made of landscape timbers reduce the amount of weeding that needs to be done while allowing for an extended growing season and easier access to the plants. As indicated with our landscaping cost estimators, it’s almost always cheaper to handle your own landscaping project as opposed to hiring a pro. To start off, one should always wear gloves when it comes to landscaping projects, especially those involved with treated landscape timbers.
With the correct landscape timbers (based on your measurements above), you are ready to install. For a more detailed description, please see David’s 10 easy tips to timber installation.
It’s the details that count and when it comes to upgrading your curb appeal, few projects do it better than landscape timbers. If you are interested in installing your own landscape timbers, but want an expert eye on the project, click here to connect with up to four landscaping pros near you!
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Unlike most Colorado big box stores who sell pine, we sell only top quality Hem Fir timbers. The lowest treatment level which is commonly used on cheaper timbers from box stores and other sources is .06.
CCA treated lumber is still manufactured for in-ground structural applications such as poles for a pole barn. Landscape timbers present a challenging DIY project, but one any determined landscaper can handle. Like many other home materials, landscape timbers come in a variety of colors and materials.
These woods have a pleasing color, but they can also be painted to match other landscaping features.


Wood treated with creosote or pentachlorophenol results in oils that coat the roots, stems and leaves of nearby plants. That’s because most homeowners use treated timbers to build benches, retaining walls or tables. If you plan on working in the yard, do yourself a favor and invest in a good pair of gardening gloves. They are a high quality lumber; with a traditional rough finish which are great when used for retaining walls, driveway borders and other landscape construction applications. While the treatment pounds per cubic feet has decreased it is not very telling because the treatments substances are so different. The logs are treated with oil-based preservatives that help stave off mold, fungi and damage from exposure to moisture, sun and air. Finally, synthetics do not include any chemicals, providing a safer environment for your plants and family. Creosote and pentachlorophenol may also release an odor that is offensive to sensitive individuals.
According to David Beaulieu, landscaping expert, installing the edging first will make your life much easier. Today MCA is the standard industry treatment used as the lumber preservative as kind of the second generation post CCA day’s treatment. Synthetic, the most popular of which is recycled plastic, will last much longer and is cheaper. Landscaping timbers that were treated with copper, chromium and arsenic mixtures should not be used around plants for human consumption.



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