Preserving Raised Beds


Since the last update on my raised beds, I have been busy preserving the long L shaped bed. I looked online for preservative and decking oil. I decided on decking oil as I thought this would look more natural than using some of the stains, as I couldn’t find a colour I liked.

I ordered both products from Wood Finishes Direct as they had them for half the price of local DIY shops, and with free delivery on my order it was a big saving. I would defiantly recommend them if you need wood preservatives, stains or oils. I brought 5 litres of Ronseal Decking Oil (Natural) and Barrettine Wood Preservative (Clear) and two brushes and it came to £50 including delivery. If I had got these from the local DIY stores it would have cost me £50 just for 5 litres of decking oil – so that’s more than half price!




So once these arrived (in less than 24 hours) I got on and did two coats of preservative and then decking oil. I really like the resulting colour, I choose the ‘natural’ finish as I liked the colour the wood was to start with and I was not disappointed with the results it just brought out the natural grain.


Ronseal Natural Decking Oil, Oscar checking the standards of workmanship

Both these products were really easy to apply and it didn’t take me as long as I thought it would (not like painting fences) they are the perfect consistency with no drips and I was impressed with the coverage.  The brushes were really easy to clean as well just needed some paint thinner/white spirit. These are both great products that I would defiantly recommend, hopefully my raised beds will  last longer with these finishes.

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