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What's the best wood to use for a raised bed?

Putting in some raised beds in my mums garden, which type of wood will be the most sturdy and not rot?

4 Answers from MyBuilder Carpenters & Joiners

Red cedar, black locust or redwood. I would recommend these woods as they have high rot resistance and would last around 12 years. However, treated wood in general is quite good for outdoor use like raised bed.


Answered 23rd May 2019

Treated wood as above, alternatively for more local wood, Oak and Larch are pretty rot resistant without the need for preservatives - which is preferable really as the treatments for making many woods rot resistant involve some unpleasant chemicals. You may struggle to find them affordably / locally however, best option would be to try local sawmills for these.


Answered 23rd May 2019

I would personally use hard wood being oak as it has a very long shelf life


Answered 23rd May 2019

As long as it's treated/pressure treated. Second hand/reclaimed railway sleepers are reasonable and will last decades, without the need of inconveniencing yourself with the work of treating it. If you want smaller timber, get treated timber and remember to treat at least once a year. Hope this helped you.


Answered 24th May 2019

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