Hi, Does anyone know the proper name for the landscaping wood beam
(4 x 4, maybe 4 x 5) that people use in landscaping projects? I see
them all over the place, in people's yards, but HD only has the green
pressure treated ones.
The ones I see already installed seem to be treated with a black/brown
sealant (is it tar?) of some kind.
On 28-Apr-2004, email@example.com (MS) wrote:
The name escapes me, but the brown ones are covered with creosote. I'm
not sure if this is banned univerally yet, but it is banned in some
areas and is not considered safe anymore. That's why HD and others
only sell the pressure treated stuff.
The black/brown ones are called "railroad ties"; the green treated ones
are called "landscape ties". You can get railroad ties both new and used
(because railroads are always replacing theirs). The creosote treatment
is a problem today, though, because it's increasingly considered a
hazmat, and stores don't want the liability issues. The landscape ties
offer a less rustic look and are probably more commonly found at big box
home centers and such; the wood industry has long supplied them as a
cleaner, neater alternative to the "original".
The modern lego-type landscape concrete blocks are much easier to
install and are squeezing out the wood products, in my experience.
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