Using Railway Sleepers in Your Garden
Wooden railway sleepers, softwood or hardwood, have many practical uses in the garden and landscaping projects. They can be used to create raised beds for flowers and vegetables, retaining walls for slopes and embankments, steps and paths to access gardens, edging for flower beds and other building projects.
Available in softwood varieties such as pine, spruce or larch and hardwood varieties such as oak or iroko, wooden railway sleepers come in a range of sizes and shades of brown, green or even black. While softwood garden sleepers are more cost-effective than hardwood ones, they do require more maintenance over time.
When it comes to using wooden railway sleepers in gardening projects there are a few points to consider. Since they are designed for outdoor use they should be treated with a preservative such as creosote to protect them from decay. In addition, wooden sleepers should be re-treated every two years while hardwoods may need less frequent treatments depending on the grade of wood used.
In terms of installing softwoods or hardwoods in the garden there is no definitive answer to which one is better suited. Softwoods are lighter so easier to work with but don’t last as long as harder woods; although this depends on how well kept they are cared for over time. Hardwoods however may need extra bracing due to their weight and size but will last longer in general if maintained regularly.
When using railway sleepers in gardening and landscaping projects it is important to remember that their shape means they cannot easily be cut down into smaller pieces without leaving unsightly gaps; therefore it is best to buy them at the right length when possible rather than trying to trim them down afterwards. As well as saving time during installation they can also help save money due to buying just what you need rather than having surplus pieces left over that may have been necessary if cutting down larger sizes first.
In addition, railway sleepers could add an interesting visual element by creating a contrast between soft greenery with rusty old rail tracks adding character and texture – something not everyone’s garden has! It can create both an industrial yet homely feel at the same time – rustic yet elegant.
All in all wooden railway sleepers can provide an array of options when designing your garden space from raised beds, retaining walls or simply adding texture through rustic features – providing a versatile solution which can last a lifetime if maintained correctly!