Garden Wood PreservationGarden Wood Preservation
The use of wood for outdoor purposes such as decking, fences, arbors and other decorative and basic structural features always involves depreciation by the elements that include (but aren’t limited to) rain and insects. Wooden structures will eventually decay and crumble into dust, but they will take a lot longer to do so if they are treated with a wood preservative. The difference in the time factor here can be decades.
If you are planning to include wooden structures and surfaces in patios, decks, railings or any other place that is open to the sky and therefore to the elements, it makes good sense to use wood that has been pre-treated to withstand the attacks of moisture and wood-eating insects. It makes even better sense to buy pre-treated wood that is not classified as potentially hazardous waste, as defined by the USA and UK Health and Safety Executive.
One such product is wood treated with Tannalith® E preservative, approved by both Health and Safety and the Biocidal Products Directive as environmentally safe. The trademark preservative also offers a 15-year guarantee against termites/insects and decay. For all practical purposes, Tannalith® E provides an ideal treatment to save you time and money in the long run.
The manufacturers suggest that once installed, the wooden surfaces and inserts should be washed down about one year to remove accumulated dirt and mold, but you will not need to re-apply preservative. They also warn that any shavings or pieces of the treated wood should not be used for mulch or as bedding or litter for animals, as they do contain biocides. Also, after handling the treated wood wash your hands thoroughly before eating, drinking or smoking, for the same reason.
Given all the advantages, using properly treated wood for garden and lawn purposes is the most practical way to go. It will look great and help protect the environment whilst saving you money and time in repairs and replacement.
Make sure you use sustainable wood in your garden
Most people don’t think twice about when they are buying wood, but it is very important to remember that if the wood is not farmed in a sustainable way then it is very damaging to the environment. By buying wood garden furniture that you when you don’t worry where it comes from, you could be encouraging a form of business that destroys the environment.
One of the best types of wood to buy if you are concerned about sustainability is teak. Teak is a type of wood that is very sustainable, although there are some companies that do not source it in a sustainable manner. If you buy your furniture from Faraway Furniture, you’re only going to get teak has come from a plantation.
This company work in Indonesia where the government mandates that every tree that is planted, another one has to be grown. This is a very ethical way of sourcing wood and should leave your conscience at ease about what sourcing wood is doing to the environment.
Teak is a particularly useful wood for the garden because it does not tend to rot as easily as some other types. This is especially true if you choose to go for Grade A teak, which has a very low moisture level when compared to some other grades of wood which are not as good. This low moisture level means that the wood is less likely to rot, it also means that less maintenance is needed on your part.
Teak is very strong wood and for this reason, it has been popular in construction for a very long time. It was in fact used to construct warships in the 18th century and this just goes to show how resistant it was to rotting in water. It also doesn’t require chemical treatment to give it this property, which is another beneficial thing for the environment.