Wood in gardens and landscaping

There are very few materials as versatile as wood and this is particularly true for garden and landscaping applications.
Whether for fencing and screen elements, play equipment and sheds, palisades and flower bed edging, pergolas and pavilions, terraces and balconies, but also for noise protection shields or avalanche barriers, observation towers and utility masts or for landing stages and groynes, wood is used everywhere, thanks to its versatility.
Though optical features have a significant role to play, wood can also offer a range of outstanding technical qualities such as high strength at low specific weight, good heat insulation and good workability.
Given the right protection, the usually low durability wood types used in outdoor applications can be put to versatile and long-term uses in gardens and landscaping.

Play equipment

For outdoor play equipment (play ground apparatus), the safety requirements are the main focus. This is reflected in the great number of norms and standards that regulate safety requirements for wooden play ground equipment.
Correctly applied and protected, indigenous timbers such pine and spruce are used in play equipment, and the imagination of manufacturers knows no limits, as long as the standards are observed. Besides the classical swings, slides and sand pits, ever more complex and creative equipment gives children the chance to indulge in physical activity and have great fun. Where better can children learn to appreciate and understand wood than in the forest – or on their play areas?

Garden timbers

Wood is playing an ever more prominent role in garden design. No longer limited to fences and palisades, its uses now included sight and wind screen elements, pergolas and pavilions, terraces and garden furniture. There is a great variety on offer, not only in the design of the products but also in quality. But what all types of low durability, local timbers used for garden applications ought to have in common is a sound basic treatment (vacuum pressure impregnation) to provide lasting protection against the effects of the elements.

Over time, the effects of the weather turn both indigenous and tropical timbers grey. Regular care with suitable maintenance products will ensure the wood retains its natural beauty for a long time.

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