1. Seating and storage options
2. Raised garden beds
• To get started, purchase pine slats and cut to desired dimensions that you would prefer or suit the space in your garden.
• Mark out the area in your garden and place wooden stakes at the corners. Using a hammer, then drive stakes about 30 – 60cm into the ground and leave the rest exposed.
• Set your lowest pine slat a few centimetres into the ground and secure it to the grounded stakes with either nails or screws.
• Add additional slat boards and secure it to the stake until the desired depth is reached, however the frame should always have a depth of approximately 30cm to provide ample space for roots.
• Place the frame in the desired location and lay down damp newspaper or cardboard at the bottom of the frame before filling it with soil.
Now that your garden bed is ready, it’s time to get growing!
3. Vertical gardening
• Pine slate is the perfect option to build your garden frame and will require 3 to 4 slats depending on the desired length and width.
• Cut a single slat into 4 or more pieces of approximately 50cm in length. These pieces will serve as shelving.
• Place the shelves equal distance apart and secure the uncut slate on either side with screws. It should look a lot like a ladder.
• Once done, you can mount the frame against a wall or secure it into the ground.
• You can now place your flower pots on the shelves and let the growing begin.
• For those who are looking for more visual appeal, you can substitute the shelves for woven baskets however still securing it in between the slats.
• Be sure to line the baskets with plastic to prevent the soil from falling out.
Let your creativity lead the way when creating these gardens as there are plenty of visual and configuration options which can be explored to create the best suited vertical garden for your home.
4. Feature wall
If your garden is looking a bit boring and tired then maybe it’s time to invest in a feature wall. A wood feature is the perfect material to complement your garden and requires minimal effort to install.
• Pine will create a warm rustic feel for your outdoor entertainment area, therefore purchasing pine slats will be the best option.
• Select the wall you would like to feature and cut the slats to size. If you choose to paint the slats or stain it, it will be best to do so before mounting.
• Figure out if you would like spacing between the slats or not and then secure the slats to the wall using no more nail adhesive which can be purchased from hardware stores.
If your feature wall is under a sheltered area then go the extra mile and set up a cosy recreational area in front of it which can be accompanied by bright vibrant colours or warm tones for decorative elements.
For the above mentioned DIY projects, treated pine slats is recommended as it will increase the durability of the structures and allow it to withstand adverse weather conditions. Poles Galore provide high quality, sanded and treated pine slats which are well suited for your outdoor needs, so give them a call and get started with creating a beautiful outdoor space for you and your family to enjoy.