Softwood sleepers, along with their reclaimed counterparts, have continued to grow in popularity in recent years, transforming the way we design our gardens and landscapes.
Unlike the second hand variety however, these new softwood railway sleepers are clean and creosote free making them much easier to handle. So whether you’re planning to arrange some garden edging or building a huge piece of furniture with them, softwood railway sleepers are the timber material of choice.
These popular products make a great addition to your garden design. You can even use them in a very simple form like garden edging either side of a pathway. In this case their size makes them very economical, giving you a lot of timber for your money.
Still in the garden area, softwood railway sleepers make great timber for raised vegetable beds. Not just because of their shape and size, but because they are new they are creosote free. Meaning there are no chemicals to leak out into the soil.
It is important to note however, that softwood can deteriorate over time when it comes into contact with ground moisture. While we cannot be exact on how long the softwood railway sleepers would last in this case, there are things you can do to lengthen their lifespan.
You can ensure the softwood sleepers are sitting on gravel rather than the ground itself. This allows proper drainage beneath the softwood. You could also line the inside of your raised bed or the underneath of your softwood sleepers with a landscaping fabric like geotextile membrane.