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Soft wood sleepers Help!


 
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lazydayz
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:31 pm    Post subject: Soft wood sleepers Help! Reply with quote

So i bought soft wood sleepers last year without knowing anything much about them. My other half seems to think there is no point even using them as a border as we will be taking them up in a few years. The garden centre i bought them off said they were good for gardens and to paint them with ronseal stuff which i did when i got them.they werent pressure treated either. So do i use them?if so should i put plastic or stone under them or are they just good as firewood at this stage?

Advice would be greatly appreciated.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lining the inside of your wooden raised bed with black plastic film will prevent the enclosed soil drying out rapidly. The plastic sheets can be stapled on the inside face of the beds for this purpose, and also for the possibility that a barrier between damp soil and wood will prevent premature rotting.

Similarly, if the the wood is laid on a bed of drainage stone then you should get less rotting due to water contact.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks james
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