A New Railway Sleeper bed will be extremely strong and long-lasting, with an attractive natural look. Our pressure treated new sleepers come in two sizes, 2.4m x 250mm × 125mm and 2.4m x 200mm x 100mm. Oak new sleepers come in a variety of sizes with 2.4m x 200mm x 100mm being the most common.
What Are the Benefits of Choosing A New Railway Sleeper?
1. They are easy to source
2. They are easy to handle, cut and fix
3. They are attractive
4. They are long lasting
5. You can use the extra width to create seating or leaning places.
6. You can lay the sleepers horizontally, or cut them in length and fit them in the same way as timber posts.
What Are the Benefits of Using Raised Garden Beds?
1. Increased production.
New Railway Sleeper beds are more productive per square foot because plants can be spaced more closely together. This is because you don’t need to leave spaces to walk through because you don’t need to ever step on the garden bed.
Having a higher density planting also has the advantage that the plants growing there will shade out bare soil, making it harder for weeds to grow. The most important benefit of raised garden beds is productivity. Raised garden beds are at least twice as productive as a conventional garden.
2. Better soil conditions.
Since there is no soil compaction, there is no need to plough, till, fork or dig the soil to loosen it up, traditional practices which destroy the soil structure and do more harm than good. Therefore, raised bed designs also lend themselves very well to the gardening technique of “no-dig gardening”. You can use raised garden beds to overcome issues of poor drainage, poor soil, or even no soil, such as gardening on top of straight concrete or asphalt because you create the garden bed and fill it with the type of soil you require and build it by adding organic matter.
You could even create a number of beds with different soil blends for a variety of different growing environments. By not having to step on the soil, you avoid soil compaction. When the soil is compacted, water and air do not move as easily through the soil to the roots of plants. Even the plant roots themselves have trouble growing through compacted soil, limiting the plant’s access to water and nutrients. It has been suggested that soil compaction can lead to a 50% loss in productivity.
3. Increased flexibility.
You can also attach trellises, supports, fences, frames, or shade cloth over/around the raised sleeper bed much more easily, or permanently as part of the structure. For people with physical limitations, such as those unable to bend over, or who are confined to a wheelchair, waist-high raised beds are the answer.
A bed of this height will enable the person to partake in their interest in gardening without hindrance.Not having to step in the garden bed has the benefit of being able to tend to the garden, that is, sow, plant and harvest, whenever you want, even when the ground is wet because you won’t be stepping in mud!
4. More efficient irrigation.
Raised beds can support very thick layers of mulch above the soil, which will not slide off, or be blown or washed away. This not only aids in water conservation but allows you to enrich and build the soil through the constant addition of organic matter.
The dimensions of raised beds lend themselves to the installation of drip irrigation, which is an efficient way to water the garden, minimising loss by evaporation, and reducing disease by not wetting the plant’s leaves.