Nine ways to use wooden sleepers in landscaping
Sleepers are the Lego blocks of the landscaping world—easy to connect together and so versatile for defining outdoor spaces. In this article, our Central Landscapes team has put together a collection of sleeper project ideas that we hope will inspire you to create something special in your garden.
1. Raised garden beds
Sleepers are ideal for raised garden beds. They’re relatively simple to put together using a drill and coach screws. Ideally use macrocarpa or Trustwood (pine sleepers treated in a safe process) because they’re safe to use for growing vegetables. Macrocarpa beds are worth lining with black plastic to get extra longevity for the wood. If you’re building your beds on a flat lawn area, make sure you cover the base with weedmat first. A 50-100mm layer of scoria in the base aids drainage, then fill the beds with weed-free Veggie or Garden Mix.
2. Sleeper steps
3. Sleepers for garden edging
Use sleepers as an elegant, chunky lawn edging for paths and seating areas. Used around lawns, sleepers provide a tidy straight line that makes lawn mowing easier.
4. Sleepers as a screen
5. Sleeper retaining wall
For more structural projects like retaining walls, we recommend our sleeper products that will last longer: Trustwood sleepers are long-lasting MCA treated (copper) H4 pine sleepers with a rich colour tone. NZ pine railway sleepers have a creosote coating.
6. A path made from sleepers
7. A sleeper archway, or frame for a garden swing
Add some vertical scale to your garden with an archway or pergola made with sleepers. Frame up a garden swing for the children using sleepers.
8. Sleeper garden seat
Sometimes that finishing touch – the perfect garden seat – can be just too expensive. Grab some sleepers and build your own for a fraction of the price!
9. Shed Foundations
A more practical use for sleepers is foundations for a garden shed or studio. You can use them as boxing to create a level Gap 20 base, or as load-bearing beams. Their size and weight make them an ideal platform to build on.