Treated pine sleepers have been around for centuries. Since the dawn of the railways, treated pine sleepers have been used in various applications. Use in residential and commercial construction continues to occur, especially in gardens and landscaping projects. For use of treated pine in connection with growing vegetables, we recommend you use ACQ treated pine. Please speak to one of our friendly staff members to discuss your intended use so that we can guide you in the right direction.
Pine is a solid and shock-resistant timber that will last a long time if maintained well. Pine is treated through a chemical infusion process to prevent the wood deteriorating through natural causes. Treated pine will be less susceptible to moisture ingress, decay and insect invasions. This makes treated pine sleepers a suitable candidate in your garden and will act as a suitable garden border, as part of a retaining wall, walk path or other outdoor entertainment and garden feature.
Treated pine sleepers are easy to install and maintain. They do not require regular oiling or painting unless you are trying to blend the sleepers in with the surrounding design. Otherwise, they should be treated with care and will serve as a functional material that should last a long time. Treated pine sleepers can be fastened naturally on a level earth, using bolts or placed on a bed of concrete. Each sleeper is relatively heavy so make sure that when it is suspended of the ground it is fastened appropriately and securely.
If you are concerned about how to buy treated pine sleepers, you can visit a timber specialist such as Australian Treated Pine. We stock dressed treated pine sleepers and rough sawn treated pine sleepers. Treated pine sleepers Melbourne is favoured by many Australians because of its inherent characteristics, versatility and affordability. For the top 8 best uses of treated pine sleepers in your garden, we describe these below.
1. Retaining wall
To construct a retaining wall, treated pine sleepers are sturdy and rigid timbers that can support unstable sections of earth. A retaining wall is a common garden and landscaping feature especially when the earth is not level and on a gradient. Retaining walls can help to segment the garden and act as a suitable boundary at the border of the property.
2. Vegetable garden
A vegetable garden is a great way to stay self-sufficient and take on the task of growing your own vegetables. The boundary of a vegetable garden can be constructed using ACQ treated pine sleepers (this is important from a health perspective). These timbers provide a strong border that will keep the vegetable garden in place. Treated pine sleepers are safe for use in vegetable gardens. If you are still concerned, you can seal the inside with various materials to prevent the chance of any leeching of chemicals into the soil.
3. Raised garden
A raised garden bed helps to provide striking visual elements to your garden. Not only can a raised garden be more accessible for those who want to avoid bending over or down, it provides a visual spectacle at the eye level. Creating a multi-dimensional garden is truly a great way to add colour and tones at all elevations.
Break up a concrete, pebble or grassed path with treated pine sleepers. Add character to your garden with different features and visual elements. Treated pine sleepers have ordinarily been used as on the ground as railway sleepers and provide a stable and secure footing.
Construct a new table or seating bench using treated pine sleepers. Sleepers are a reliable material that can be bolted together to create amazing garden furniture without difficulty or expensive materials. Make sure you use the right materials so that the table or seating bench functions effectively and can support the intended loads.
Treated pine sleepers are a useful material to use for constructing stairs. If you have a gradient in your front or back yard, segment the areas with a retaining wall and construct stairs so that you can access each section easily.
For a bold decking at your property, treated pine sleepers are often used to create a sturdy base. While note as common as merbau decking timbers, treated pine still functions effectively. You can oil the sleepers or paint them to suit the décor at your property.
Treated pine sleepers can be used for ponds because they are moisture resistant and are not susceptible to decaying or rotting. Provided the pond is appropriately tanked and sealed from within, treated timber sleepers create a visually appealing water feature that will blend in with the surrounding elements of the garden.
At Australian Treated Pine, we are a leading supplier of premium treated pine products. Update your existing garden or design your new garden with a range of plants, features and textures. Incorporating treated pine sleepers into your garden will add a different tone that can offer a beautiful contrast against the natural elements. If you have any questions or would like to place an order, browse our collection online or call us on (03) 9305 2000.
Use of Treated Pine Sleepers Garden FAQs
Question: Can you use treated pine sleepers in a vegetable garden?
Answer: Yes. ACQ treated pine sleepers are commonly used at the perimeter of a vegetable garden. There are no restrictions on the type of vegetables that you can plant. Please speak to a friendly team member about the right type of sleeper.
Question: Is treated wood safe for vegetable gardens?
Answer: ACQ treated wood is used for vegetable gardens. While wood is treated using chemicals, the chemicals are unlikely to leech out and permeate with the soil. Treated timber helps to minimise insect invasions and the development of fungi.
Question: Is it OK to use treated pine sleepers for raised garden beds?
Answer: Yes. Treated pine sleepers are commonly used for raised garden beds. The sleepers are rigid and sturdy and can hold back the soil if correctly installed as a wall. Only use ACQ treated pine sleepers.
Question: Does painting treated pine make it safer?
Answer: Painting treated pine may further assist in preventing the timber deteriorating. As to whether painting treated pine makes it safer, both the paint and the treatment applicant contains chemicals. We do not believe that painting treated pine makes it safer.