Is Douglas fir good for outdoor use?
Douglas Fir in Your Great Outdoors. Turns out Douglas fir is more than just a good-looking wood. Its durability and resistance to rot and insects make it a favorite choice for outdoor projects like porch decking as well.
Redwood is a premium building wood. It has a chemical inside the pores that makes it weather-, insect- and rot-resistant. Redwood will last far longer than any other type of wood when exposed to the elements. It's perfect for almost any outdoor application but can also be used on the interior of a home.
- Redwood Original is the name of the founding chapter of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. Hence the nickname S.A.M.C.R.O. The club was started by John Teller and Piney Winston after they returned from the Vietnam War.
- The minimum cost per square foot for redwood decking is around $5. The maximum cost per square food is $35. Common grades from sapwood cost around $17 per square foot. Clean heartwood grades cost between $30 and $35 per square foot.
- Description. The three redwood subfamily genera are Sequoia and Sequoiadendron of California and Oregon, United States; and Metasequoia in China. The redwood species contains the largest and tallest trees in the world. These trees can live thousands of years.
Until the safety of treated wood is proven conclusively, we recommend you use a naturally rot-resistant wood like red cedar, black locust or redwood. Under most circumstances, these woods will last 10 – 20 years when used for raised beds.
- Yes, the "new" pressure treated wood is safe for use for raised garden frames with a few precautions! Up until 2003, the most common preservative used for pressure treated wood was chromated copper arsenate (CCA), a compound using arsenic as its primary rot protectant.
- Wood options for Raised Garden Boxes
- Redwood or Black Locust – Definitely the best option for raised garden boxes in terms of longevity because they are naturally rot-resistant and have been known to last up to 20 years.
- Cedar – Another rot-resistant wood, cedar can last 10-15 years and looks gorgeous.
- Until the safety of treated wood is proven conclusively, we recommend you use a naturally rot-resistant wood like red cedar, black locust or redwood. Under most circumstances, these woods will last 10 – 20 years when used for raised beds.
Examples of hardwood trees include alder, balsa, beech, hickory, mahogany, maple, oak, teak, and walnut. Examples of softwood trees are cedar, Douglas fir, juniper, pine, redwood, spruce, and yew. Most hardwoods have a higher density than most softwoods.
- Color/Appearance: Heartwood color can range from a light pinkish brown to a deep reddish brown. Sapwood is a pale white/yellow. Curly figure or Redwood burl (sometimes referred to as “lace” or by the name Vavona) are occasionally seen.
- Uses for Softwoods. Since pine absorbs finishes such as paint, varnish, oil and urethane, it is perfect for home woodworking projects. Pine can be used for cladding, decking, flooring, panelling, structural framing, beams, poles, benchtops, furniture and cabinets.
- There are many different species of willow trees. Although the tree is technically classified as a hardwood, the wood itself is very soft and wet compared to other hardwoods like oak or maple. Willow firewood has a high moisture content.
Updated: 5th October 2018