Do you want to change your garden landscaping and introduce more natural materials?
Have you grown tired of concrete, asphalt and paving?
Have you fallen in love with the rustic appearance of landscaping bark and this has inspired you to create a fairytale forest for your children or grandchildren?
Perhaps you enjoy using recycled materials for maximum impact?
Welcome to the world of bark and timber in all its glory.
Landscaping DIY projects using landscaping bark, timber fences and timber sleepers are relatively easy to install and maintain so you don’t need to possess a degree in landscaping and design to make the most out of nature’s gifts. You can transform a space within hours.
Landscaping bark is best laid over a weed stopping membrane that sits above the soil.
You want to enjoy the new look without playing “spot the weed” games so investing in membrane will save you time, energy and help you to relax.
Here’s a way to install timber sleepers, new or reclaimed, as uprights in your space, for timber fences, around flowerbeds or by patios:
If you want to have a varying height or curved edge, then using timber sleepers vertically is the best way to achieve it. Laying the timber sleepers horizontally is better for straight retaining walls, boxes and steps.
You simply dig a trench for the timber sleepers to sit in, lower them in to the space and backfill with dry concrete mix until each timber sleeper is firmly installed.
If you step back and realise that the pattern is incorrect or that you have a timber that’s too high then the dry concrete mix makes it easier to remove and replace as required.
The ground’s moisture will set the concrete for you but if it’s hot weather and there is little moisture you can set the concrete by watering it with a hose or watering can.
A quick tip when you choose the height of timber sleepers, when the ground and timbers are wet there’s more pressure so they will dip.
Another tip is to ensure effective drainage with gravel so that your timber sleepers are preserved for longer.
Tormented sleepers acting as timber fences in high winds or a foot of snow are going to need a support mechanism.
You can secure the timbers with wire or plastic to protect the wood from bad weather.
No one wants their vertical features to be lying face down in the pond after the first storm of the winter.
Traditional timber fences in panels and posts are widely stocked by suppliers and these are cost effective and easy to install.
Suppliers like Rivar Sand and Gravel in Newbury, Tadley and Windlesham stock lap timber fences in 4ft and 3ft panels and featheredge panels in 6ft, either with or without frames. The posts are in 8ft timbers.
Within a few hours a tired fence can be replaced with an enduring professionally produced one.
It’s time to embrace timber and bark around your property.