Wood is a versatile beautiful material that can be used in many different ways in the garden. It can add warmth, texture and character to any outdoor space. At Genesis Gardens we use timber in many of our gardens, it’s one of our favourite materials!
If you’re looking for ways to create a more natural feel in your garden, here are five ideas to get you started:
Decking is a great way to create an additional living space in your garden. It’s perfect for entertaining guests, relaxing with family, or simply enjoying the tranquillity of nature. Wood decking is a particularly good choice, as it blends in seamlessly with the natural environment. We aren’t fans of composite decking as we don’t feel it is kind enough to nature, so we stick with wood.
When choosing wood for your decking, it’s important to select a durable species that is resistant to rot and decay. Some popular choices include oak, larch and Douglas fir. All decking will need periodic maintenance and you should also make sure that the wood is treated with a suitable preservative to protect it from the elements.
Although installing decking can be a DIY job, it’s hard work and generally best to get a professional team such as ours in to ensure a top quality finish.
Wooden fencing is a classic way to enclose your outside space. It can also be used to create different areas within your garden such as vegetable patches, flower beds and sitting areas.
There are many different types of wooden fencing available, so you choose a style that suits your taste and budget. Some popular options include panel fencing, picket fencing, and trellis fencing. For a rustic, natural look we love woven fencing such as wicker or willow.
As with all timber, make sure that the wood is treated with a suitable preservative to protect it from the elements. We recommend looking for an environmentally friendly variety which will be kinder to wildlife and plants which make a home in your garden.
3. Raised beds
Raised beds are a great way to improve the drainage and fertility of your soil. They’re also easier to weed and maintain than traditional garden beds and are especially good for those with mobility challenges.
Raised beds can be made from a variety of materials, but wood is a popular choice for its durability and natural appearance. Railway sleepers are a popular option for raised beds, and it’s easy to see why. They are extremely sturdy and long-lasting – and they’re strong enough to hold the weight of the soil and plants. These days, untreated sleepers are produced for beds, ensuring no contamination of the soil in which vegetables will be grown.
4. Pergolas and arches
Pergolas and arches are a simple and beautiful way to add structure and interest to your garden. They can be used to create a shaded walkway, support climbing plants or simply provide a focal point or cosy corner.
Pergolas and arches can be made from a variety of materials, but wood is the most popular choice for its natural beauty and durability.
Once built, many gardeners like to train plants or vines to grow over their pergola or arch for an even more natural look and feel.
5. Garden furniture
Wooden garden furniture is a great way to add warmth and character to your outdoor space. It’s also perfect for relaxing and enjoying the tranquillity of nature.
There are many different types of wooden garden furniture available, so you can choose a style that suits your taste and budget. Some popular options include benches, tables, chairs and swings.
When choosing wooden garden furniture, choose the best you can afford and make sure to take care of the wood. If you do, it will last you for a considerable amount of time and bring hours of pleasure.
Why is wood a sustainable gardening material?
Wood is a sustainable gardening material because it is a renewable resource. It can be harvested from forests that are managed sustainably and it can be recycled or reused at the end of its life.
Wood is also a good choice for the environment because it is carbon neutral. This means that the amount of carbon dioxide that is released when wood is harvested and processed is offset by the amount of carbon dioxide that trees absorb during their growth.
If you’re looking for ways to create a more sustainable garden, using wood is a great place to start. It’s a versatile and durable material that can be used in many different ways, and it’s good for the environment.
About Genesis Gardens
At Genesis Gardens, we specialise in creating wildlife-friendly and sustainable gardens that are both beautiful and functional. We believe that wood is a great material to use in the garden, and we often incorporate it into our designs. If you’re looking for help creating a more natural and sustainable garden, please get in touch with us. We would be happy to help you achieve your vision, just get in touch for a no-obligation chat.