This morning I received an email on our Facebook page. Lesley-Anne had read a previous blog post that compared our method of treating timber to our competitors (Pressure Treated vs. Dip Treated), from this she wanted to know my views on what is better for raised beds and whether treated or untreated timber is best for the soil.
The only benefit of using untreated timber that I can think of is that it gives you control over the final look of the timber. Although it is more expensive, and time consuming (it can take days with drying and repainting), to maintain than pressure treated timber it does give you more variety in terms of treatment colours – we ourselves offer 17 different varieties of treatment on our optional extras page. This treatment is a necessity for those who want a long lasting product that doesn’t weaken or rot over time. Our ChunkyWood and TruggyWug’s are made from pressure treated timber so you don’t have to worry about annually applying treatment to keep your raised bed looking great. As our heavy duty timber is cut to size before being treated and kiln dried, we can confidently give you a genuine 10 year Guarantee against fungal decay and insect infestation.
I can appreciate the concerns of a green fingered enthusiast who don’t want their hard work ruined by chemicals seeping into the soil and damaging whatever you are growing. In December 31, 2003, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned anything treated with chromate copper arsenate (CCA)[i] from being used in the home because there were concerns regarding arsenic contaminating the plants, soil and people. We are very proud that the treatment we within our pressure treated products is non toxic, arsenic free copper chrome preservative which is not poisonous if consumed (we know this because we use it in our Rabbitopia; we don’t nibble on the timber). This also means you won’t need to worry about the treatment affecting your soil or plants although, if you are still concerned, you can add a liner to the inside before adding the soil of your choice.
From all my research (trust me, I’ve been looking for hours) I cannot find any distinctive reason why you should opt for untreated timber over pressure treated in terms of growing potential – you can still choose the soil, plants and vegetables you want. The main difference is in the convenience and longevity we offer you with our ChunkyWood and TruggyWug because of the treatment we use in our timber.
To opt to add a ChunkyWood or TruggyWug and take the hardwork out of gardening, visit our website or call us on 01234 272 445 today. As always, feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comment box below.