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Sleepers for Edging of Artificial Lawn

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by Embee2, 19 May 2019.

  1. Embee2

    Embee2

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    Hello

    I hope that someone can advise me or share their experience if a similar situation has occurred with them.

    I am getting an artificial lawn laid & will use sleepers for the edging. Sleeper lengths planned are 3.6m and 4.8m and I was pretty much committed to pressure treated pine sleepers as I can get them in one piece. However, it is commonly stated that oak sleepers last longer.

    The aim is to have the sleepers laid (wider side facing up) in such a way that the lawn is not flush with the ground and the sleepers form an edge/border which will have gravel on the other side. My concern is that the pine will rot and when it does removing and replacing it will compromise the lawn which is retained inside it.

    Does anyone have any advice on whether to use pine or oak? In particular:

    a) would you use oak or pine?
    b) has anyone that has used pressure treated/tanalised pine experienced rotting edging after a short period of time?
    c) if treated pine is used what is the best way of preventing degradation of the wood?
    d) can the edge be removed without compromising how the lawn is laid?
    e) if the default tanalised timber edge is used by the lawn fitters who do they resolve the pine rotting issue & replacement of the pine edge?

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  2. foxhole

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    If the grass butts to the sleeper rather than sitting under it changing sleeper should be simple, had mine down a while and they are fine, gave them a coat of decking oil.
     
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  3. Embee2

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    Hi Foxhole, your garden looks lovely. Do you have pine or oak sleepers?

    Also, have you actually changed your sleeper? I am curios because the sleeper is acting as a retaining wall/edge when artificial turf is laid. Does the MOT sub 1 base & granite sand become set in place allowing sleepers to be changed later without affecting the grass.

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    Pine sleepers , if base is compacted well should be fine .
     
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