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  • 2016
Best Types of Wood to Use For Raised Garden Beds

Best Types of Wood to Use For Raised Garden Beds

Raised beds can resolve many-a gardeners’ woes – but the type of wood one chooses is important!

You’ve got perfect soil, a level yard, consistent rainfall, and everything grows beautifully in the Californian sun…right? Every garden has challenges and raised beds can solve many of them!

As raised garden beds are a popular and effective addition to any growing patch, the wood that one chooses is more important than you think! Wood is a popular choice for building plant boxes because it’s fairly inexpensive, readily available, and lasts for a handful of years. You have to choose carefully to avoid contaminating the soil and find to an eco-friendly source.

It all comes down to one question: what is the best wood for raised garden beds?

Local and Sustainable: The best choice (and the kindest on your wallet) is locally-sourced wood, coming from sustainably-managed tree farms. Opt for local wood over forest clear-cutting supplies!

FSC Certified: If possible, use wood with the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification! The FSC is an international, non-profit organization that promotes the responsible management of forests.

Durable: 1” of untreated pine can last around 10 years. Other naturally rot-resistant woods will last even longer.

Here are a few popular types of wood:

  • Naturally rot-resistant, long-lasting: Cedar, yew, redwood, juniper
  • Dense woods: Black walnut, white oak, locust wood
  • Other: Spruce, pine, Douglas fir


  • Recycled or reclaimed wood if you don’t know the origin or if the wood has been strained or painted.
  • Pressure-treated wood.

After building your raised garden beds, your garden will need a bit of catching up to your plant patch! To ensure safe water drainage and additional landscape management needs, contact Enhanced Landscape Management!

We serve the areas of Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and the greater Conejo Valley area of California with quality service for your garden and lawns.