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Raised beds are an excellent practical way to break up your garden layout and they also have practical application, as they are great for those who are older or have limited mobility. The fact that they are raised up means less bending down and this height can also help to protect your vegetables or plants from pests such as slugs.
Old railway sleepers are a very popular material used to create beds from, as their size and appearance fits in with most gardens and the heavy duty pre-treated wood is very durable. These can, of course, be heavy, so you may find that getting a professional to buy, collect and install them for you is the best bet.
Alternatives are timber (which will need treatment and won’t last as long) or masonry, which will last forever but may be more expensive and perhaps not as attractive as sleepers. The adventurous can also utilise old lorry tyres and your landscaper may be able to source these for you.
Apart from looking good and being better for your back, raised beds are good for growing. Raising the soil above ground level means that soil warmth is improved, as is drainage. However, though this means you will have to be sure to water perhaps slightly more regularly.
Soft fruits and vegetables thrive in raised beds and your gardener or landscaper should be able to advise you on what will work best with your soil type. They will use the soil from beneath the bed to fill the raised area, placing subsoil, compost and even displaced turf. You can also use acidic soil in the beds to grow plants that you may not be able to usually grow in alkaline soil areas.
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