Railroad ties for landscaping? Yes, the same materials used for the railroads can also be used for the garden. These ties(also called sleepers) are durable and versatile materials for landscaping, and add a rustic charm to your outdoor spaces.
Why Use Railroad Ties?
Their affordable price compared to other landscaping materials like stones and brick is undoubtedly one of the reasons why railroad ties are popular landscaping options. Perhaps one of the reasons for their low price is their mass availability. Some of them are also recycled from old railroads, which typically use hardwood such as oak.
Although inexpensive, they have never compromised quality. In fact, they are easier to work with because they already have the ribbon-like structure for wrapping plant boxes. Even a novice DIYer can easily finish a landscaping project with railroad ties. And, for those interested in “building green”, what an excellent way to incorporate recycled materials in to a project.
There’s no worry also about the general look of your outdoor because railroad ties can blend well with any landscape color. They can be painted, but they’re better left as natural as possible.
How to Use Railroad Ties
Contractors and homeowners alike are starting to realize the unlimited possibilities with railroad ties. They can be used on virtually everything in the landscape design. But the most common is for framing plant boxes. They are gorgeous borders for the lawns, too. Unlike other materials, ties can be stacked vertically, horizontally, even diagonally. They are also great for separating the irrigation areas for trees, flowers, and lawns. Use them also for separating landscape areas for easier maintenance. Mowing lawns bordered with these ties will be easier and faster.
Railroad ties can also be used with terraces and stairs as risers and decoration for the slope. Although a little work is necessary, sleepers can be cut into two-foot long materials for driveways and walkways. A fence will also be perfect with railroad ties. Cut ties into shorter pieces and they can be weaved like a basket and then be used as a nice and unique walkway.
There’s more. Railroad ties can define a beautiful effect of a water feature, protect the sprinklers, and even support a mailbox. The possibility doesn’t end here. Let your imagination run and you will come up with all kinds of creative ways to use railroad ties to enhance your property.