Using Landscaping Ties in Your Yard

Landscaping ties (also commonly referred to as landscaping timbers) are a sustainable and cost-efficient way to transform your outdoor spaces. Whether you’re a DIY homeowner, a commercial or municipal property manager, or a landscape company owner, landscaping ties can be used to upgrade landscaping plans in a budget-friendly way.

Pretreated wood (like what we offer here at Norman Lumber) helps the landscaping ties retain the look of natural lumber while protecting them against moisture damage or rot. While pretreated wood ties shouldn’t be used in edible garden beds, they are ideal for several other applications.

Edge Flower Garden Beds

Cut down the ties and use them to edge flower beds — not only does it give these areas more definition, but it can also protect against soil erosion and prevent the growth of weeds. You can also stack ties horizontally for raised garden beds. This is an easy project for beginners to tackle and supplies for this project won’t cost much.

Creating Steps

Stacking landscaping ties strategically creates a rustic-modern staircase on your property. You can also use pea gravel along with the landscaping ties for a natural, sustainable design element in your landscaping plans. This project takes a little more engineering and construction knowledge, which makes it more intermediate level.

Put Up a Fence

Property fences can be created using landscaping ties, and pretreated ties are ideal for these projects. Fence posts need to be anchored securely in the damp ground, and pretreatment prevents rot over the life of the fence. This is definitely an upgrade that the landscaping and construction professionals should handle.

Build a Fort

Whether it’s for kids or adults, a fort is a great way to use pretreated landscaping ties. However, because this is a structure that may see some wear and tear, it needs to be structurally sound and planned accordingly. Depending on how fancy you want to get, this project can be costly and may require some expert help.

Put Up a Pergola

Pergolas on a patio or by a pool define your outdoor areas, provide shade, and even help with vertical gardening. Pergolas are a great beginning project for those that want to try working with landscaping ties as they require minimal (if any) lumber cutting or construction knowledge.

Plan a Vertical Garden

Have some free time on your hands these days? Stack landscaping ties on each other like you were creating a retaining wall but extend it higher — the flat tops and bottoms on the ties make it stable and easy to do. It can also be used as a background for a trellis featuring climbing plants.

Build a Bridge

Do you have a water feature or a small creek on your property? Use landscaping ties to build a footbridge. Pretreated timbers are also ideal for this project because of their proximity to water (think: moisture damage.) This is definitely something you should tackle after you have building experience under your belt or just leave it to a professional contractor.

Expand Your Space

If you’re running out of storage inside your home or just need another hideaway to catch a breather, landscaping ties can be used to build a shed in the backyard. Pretreated timbers are sturdy and durable, but again, this is something that should be worked on by construction professionals. It may end up costing a bit more, but the ROI is worth it.

Build a Deck

Pretreated landscaping ties make great material for building decks. It can be freestanding, an extension of what you currently have, or a structure surrounding your above-ground pool. Whatever design you decide on, pretreatment will stand the test of time.

Planter Benches

The nice thing about planter benches is that they can be moved around your property for a less permanent landscaping option. You can adjust the size based on the space you have; this easy DIY project doesn’t take special skills, tools, or construction knowledge, so it’s great for beginners.

Outdoor Furniture

Feeling like a more complicated project? Use pretreated landscaping to build outdoor furniture. There are free plans available online if you search around, but you can also buy premium plans to help make the job easier. Landscaping ties make furniture both rustic and durable.

Ready to start a new project? Get in touch with our team to learn about our treated hardwood 6×6 and 6×8 landscape ties in truckload quantities — we are a competitive supplier for a wide range of hardwood and softwood products.