Safe Sleepers for Your Garden

If you are considering renovating your garden with a DIY project, knowing what materials are safe and which are not can help you make secure decisions. What kind of wood should you use to frame your garden? How can you distinguish between types of wood? Read on to learn answers to these questions and more about creating a border for your garden.

What Are Safe Sleepers?

Having a raised garden can be a great addition to your home. One obvious benefit is that you will not accidentally step on your garden that has not sprouted any buds yet. However, these types of gardens also provide great drainage and keep regular weeds from creeping in. Bordering the raised garden bed with wood is becoming quite common. However, some gardeners have fear that the treated sleepers they want to use may have arsenic in the treatment. Especially if you are trying to grow your plants organically, this could become a big problem. You do not want the chemicals to leak into the soil.

Simply because CCA (Copper Azole) pine has had problems in the past can be a reason that many people will not use it, even with little evidence against it. While the wood is treated with arsenic, studies have been done to show that the arsenic does not have the ability to leak into the soil and harm the vegetables being grown. Fear that broke out about the treated pine was addressed with regulations that keep all treated garden sleepers safe. The treatments used are approved by the government as being safe for users. Having the sleepers treated means that you will be able to fight against termites, fungi, and anything else that can threaten your wood. If the sleeper is not treated, then it will rot easily, leaving you with an ugly looking garden.

How Do You Know If The Wood Is Treated?

One way to easily know if the wood has been treated is by its color. Greenish wood has been treated and will offer the amenities that treated wood does. Another easy-to-use tip is that treated pine will be a bit more expensive. Because it offers so many benefits, you can expect the price to tell you a bit about its contents. Calling timber yards can help you locate which yards produce the material. If you are going to stores and looking for the material yourself, ask someone who can help you or look for a stamping on the wood that should make it clear whether or not it was treated.