Traditionally used to lay rail tracks on, these are large rectangular pieces of timber that are now used in a variety of landscaping and gardening environments, such as raised beds, lawn and border edging, steps, pathways and retaining walls.
Softwood Sleepers are sawn from pine, spruce and larch wood. They are from faster growing trees where the wood is not as dense and slow growing as hardwoods such as oak. As the softwood is not as naturally dense and strong, they are pressure-treated to counter this and offer long-lasting protection against damp and rot. Our hardwood sleepers are from slower growing trees, predominantly oak where the wood is dense and heavy, and thus naturally strong and resistant to the elements of nature without the need for treatments.
Our softwood sleepers are already pressure treated, so you do not need to treat them with a wood preservative unless you sawn them into different lengths, leaving the ends needing protecting. Our hardwood sleepers do not need treating, but will benefit from a brush of oil.
Pressure treatment, also known as tanalisation, refers to the way in which the timber is treated.
We stock New, Reclaimed and Oak in a variety of sizes and lengths.