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If you are renovating your landscaping, lumber from places like ML Condon Company Inc can be a great material to use for different features like retaining walls, paths and structures. If you want your wood features to last longer, you will want to do things like use certain woods, sealants and moisture barriers where they are needed. Here are some tips to help you with using wood in landscaping design features:
1. Choosing Materials That Are Naturally Resistant
There are many different types of materials that can be used for landscaping. These woods are usually pressure treated to make them resistant to weathering and insects. If you want to get more life out of these wood features, consider using materials that are naturally resistant. Redwoods and cedar are great materials to use for landscaping features. Tropical lumber like Brazilian walnut is also very durable, and can be good for decking materials on porches, or for paths planters and seating.
2. Using Moisture Barriers Where Wood Comes In Contact With Ground
If you want to create retaining walls with wood, they need to have more protection. These features are directly in contact with soils and moisture. On the backside of retaining walls, you can use a moisture barrier to help protect the wood from moisture. This will help to prevent moisture problems on the back of retaining walls that can cause rot and decay. In addition, a layer of gravel can be added to improve drainage and prevent water moisture from building up against the wall. You can also install small drain tubes at the bottom of walls to help improve the drainage.
3. Sealing And Staining Wood To Protect It From The Elements
No matter what type of wood you use, you will want it to have some sort of treatment. Oil sealants can be used for materials like cedar and tropical woods. If you use treated materials, you can stain and seal the wood features with deck sealant. These treatments should be applied to the decking regularly. The treatments will also help to protect the materials from UV rays. If there are any features in direct sunlight, use a treatment that is designed provide UV protection as well. Regular sealing can also help to prevent fading and discoloration of materials.
These are some tips to help you get the most out of wood features in landscaping designs. If you need materials for some of your landscaping projects, contact a lumber company to get everything you need.Share