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Published on February 22nd, 2017 | by admin

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Wooden Wonders

We habitually seek paving, gravel and plants for our gardens but why not shake up the look of your outdoor spaces by using a natural material which is often banished to the perimeter for fencing and then largely forgotten?

Wood, in all its forms, is perfect in a garden as mulch, for paths and to elevate the eye line by having plants in raised beds. Remember, not every landscaping option has to be firmly stuck at ground level.

Here are a few examples of how wood can work wonders in your property’s exterior:

Timber sleepers

Available from suppliers like Rivar Sand and Gravel, timber sleepers make a feature of nature around your property.

Words like versatile, enduring and characterful spring to mind whether you choose new or reclaimed timber sleepers.

You can use timber sleepers for:

  • Steps
  • Retaining walls.
  • Edging for vegetable patches.
  • Edging for flower beds.
  • Raised beds.
  • Climber poles.
  • A bench.

You can opt for new softwood or hardwood sleepers but with a railway sleeper you can reclaim a piece of history, the oil may even be evident from the sleeper’s former life on the rail network.

Hardwood sleepers add instant character to your outdoor space with their rich colour and strength.

If you are working with an antique, traditional or historical theme hardwood timber sleepers will add to the overall charm.

New oak and pine timber sleepers are refreshing and deliver aesthetic appeal and longevity.

Imagine your favourite clematis or honeysuckle climbing delicately up the sturdy sleeper to the sun.

Landscaping bark

What could be more natural than landscaping bark in your garden?

It’s a perfect friend to people who don’t love weeding or maintaining gardens because landscaping bark suppresses weeds, it composts slowly and returns to nature at its life’s end.

Used as a mulch in flowerbeds, pots and even in hanging baskets it aids drainage, again this reduces maintenance. A depth of 5cm over soil is recommended.

The additional layer of landscaping bark over planted areas helps to protect plants from frost and snow damage and the heat of the scorching summer days.

Please ensure that your landscaping bark is not fresh because the nitrogen content in the bark tends to suck the life out of the soil.

Landscaping bark paths make eye catching features, evocative of forest paths. It may lead to a fairy-tale feeling so it’s ideal as a path to a children’s play area.

It’s best laid over a membrane above soil so that no weeds have a chance to find sunlight and grow. A depth of 10cm is excellent.

Retailers should ensure that their landscaping bark products are from sustainable sources in the UK. This helps nature to regenerate and thrive.

You can double check by looking for the FSC symbol on packaging. This is the Forest Stewardship Council approval mark.

Don’t relegate the wood in your exterior space to bland fencing, be inspired to let it work wonders in every corner, both high and low.


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