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RAISED GARDEN BEDS

Raised beds are a great way to create an instant garden in your landscape. The best part …  you won’t even have to dig up grass or weeds to get started! Just build your bed, fill it with a mixture of soil and compost, and enjoy.

Raised beds are hugely popular because they’re so easy to build and maintain, but a little planning goes a long way toward making them last for years. Great building starts with great materials, so make sure you choose wisely.

START WITH GROUND CONTACT LUMBER

CULPEPER pressure treated lumber is wood that has been chemically treated to resist rot and insect damage. The MCA preservative is copper-based, which means that it’s safe to use for residential applications since copper does not easily leach into the soil or any food you may grow.

It is very important to use wood labeled for “ground contact.”   This means it will stand up to touching wet soil, being rained on, and will keep destructive insects and fungi at bay- all conditions that will occur out in your garden.

CHOOSE GALVANIZED FASTENERS

Whether you prefer to work with nails or screws, make sure to use galvanized fasteners which will resist rusting. Rusting not only looks bad, but it can also cause nongalvanized fasteners to decay and break away, leaving your raised beds in jeopardy of falling apart. Galvanized fasteners are the recommended fastener when building with CULPEPER wood.

READY, SET, GO!

Now that you have your materials list, be sure to check out our plans for raised garden beds and clear your weekend for this easy DIY project.

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