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Sleepers have an endless use of possibilities within gardens. Originally used on railways, they are now widely used for building retaining walls or forming raised beds for garden plants. They can also be used to make building decking faster and easier. Sleepers come in a variety of materials but wooden sleepers are the most popular and regularly used.

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Wednesday 10 July 2019

Sleepers have an endless use of possibilities within gardens. Originally used on railways, they are now widely used for building retaining walls or forming raised beds for garden plants. They can also be used to make building decking faster and easier.

 

Sleepers come in a variety of materials but wooden sleepers are the most popular and regularly used. Here at Haldane Fisher, our timber sleepers are produced from softwood and treated with Class 4 Tanalith E for protection against rot and decay in ground contact situations.

 

Due to their versatility and natural rugged look, this feature looks great in any garden.

 

Our sleepers are currently on special offer at Haldane Fisher:

 

200mm x 100mm non-creosote sleepers @ 2.4m - £14.90+VAT (£17.88 inc VAT)

240mm x 120mm non-creosote sleepers @ 2.4m - £19.80+VAT (£23.76 inc VAT)

 

 

One of our favourite uses of sleepers is for creating stunning flower beds. Therefore in this blog post we are going to give a step by step guide to creating your own raised beds with sleepers.

Due to their sturdy nature, sleepers are great for supporting the pressure of soil, so they can be used at different elevations to change the plane of your garden. Creating raised beds from sleepers is surprisingly straight-forward and requires very little tools. Here is our guide:

 

  • Once you have chosen where you are going to place your raised flower bed, lay your railway sleepers on the ground in the square or rectangular shape you desire. You’ll want to place the sleepers at 90 degrees to each other, and ideally place them on a level surface (or you will have to level the surface before laying the sleepers down.)
  • Next you will need to fasten your sleepers together at the corners. Two screws per corner is enough and will firmly lock your sleeper square or rectangle together. This forms your base. Depending on high you want your raised bed to be, you will continue adding sleepers on top of this base.
  • When adding layers on top, make sure you are overlapping the joints of the sleepers and screwing each layer into the layer below. You’ll need to use sleeper screws to ensure the sleepers are effectively held together. If you don’t want the screws visible on the upper layer, you can screw at 45 degrees from the outside to the layer below.
  • When you have fixed together as many layers as you want and have the ideal raised bed, you will want to attach a plastic membrane to the inside of the bed - this will prevent rot as the wet soil will not touch the wooden sleeper.
  • Add to the bottom of your raised bed a layer of stones to encourage drainage.
  • You can now add soil! Fill up your raised bed with whatever type of soil you require and then fill with plants!
  • To retain moisture, you can cover your top layer of soil with wood chips.

 

 

We hope this guide has shown you just how easy it is to create a raised bed and has maybe tempted you to try something new in your garden this summer. If you would like more information on how to create this feature, or the products we can provide to help you, call into your local Haldane Fisher branch where one of our experts will be more than happy to help you!