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Is Treated Lumber Safe for My Garden Bed?

Posted 23 June 2021 1:31 PM by Jase DeBoer

Raised bed gardening is a fun and effective way to grow vegetables and flowers in rural and city environments. Raised garden beds help protect plants from pesky animals and foot traffic while allowing the soil to warm faster in the spring to produce early crops, healthier plants and higher yields with less work. Raised garden beds are also decorative and will add a touch of charm to your vegetable garden or outdoor living area.

Whether you are building a raised garden bed to grow vegetables, herbs or flowers, ProWood pressure treated lumber is your best bet! Why? It's simple – ProWood pressure treated lumber is attractive, durable and most of all Safe for use when planting and consuming vegetables and herbs. 

ProWood Raised Garden Beds

Laboratory and field studies have verified the effectiveness of micronized copper azole (ProWood's treatment type) in protecting against rot, fungal decay and termites in above-ground and ground-contact use. Naturally, decay-resistant wood such as cedar or redwood are also good choices, but they are more expensive than pressure-treated lumber, fade quickly and may not last as long.

Advancements in pressure-treated lumber have made ProWood safe for people, pets and the environment. The micronized copper formulation used in ProWood's treatment process has earned Environmentally Preferred Product status from Scientific Certification Systems. 

This formulation gives the wood a light, fresh appearance compared to formulations of the past. The treatment used in ProWood lumber is also GREENGUARD Gold Certified. GREENGUARD considers safety factors to account for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly) and ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and health care facilities.

Top benefits of raised garden beds and ProWood pressure treated lumber:

  • Raised garden beds are ideal for use in a variety of areas such as patios, decks, balconies and small yards.
  • Elevated garden beds and planters are easy to access and allow you to tend plants with minimal bending or kneeling.
  • Raised bed gardening allows you to grow deep-rooted vegetables like tomatoes for an earlier harvest.
  • Treated lumber is safe for humans, pets and the environment.

Build your own garden bed or elevated garden bed with our Free Project Plans.



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