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Boardwalk and raised bed

Avoid muddy ground by creating a simple boardwalk between two raised beds.

How to build a boardwalk and garden bed
Left: alternative colour. Right: boardwalk and raised bed.

Ways with wood with Mark Rayner - Project 90

Difficulty level: Challenging

You will need:

To get the look: Mark filled the raised bed with good quality topsoil and compost.

Other ideas: For a darker look stain the raised bed with Resene Woodsman tinted to Resene Pitch Black.

Step 1
Step one
Measure the lengths of the two existing raised beds and cut the 50mm x 75mm timber to fit. Fix these lengths to either side of the raised beds using 100mm screws, drilling pilot holes first. Use a spirit level to ensure the finished boardwalk will be level in both directions.
Step 2
Step two
Lay the weed mat over the ground between the two raised beds and fix it down with weed mat pins.
Step 3
Step three
Measure, mark and cut the tongue and groove landscaping timber to fit a second layer on the main raised bed. Fix these pieces together at each corner with 100mm screws, drilling pilot holes first.
Step 4
Step four
Measure, mark and cut the fence palings into sections to fit between the raised beds, as shown. Fix at each end with decking nails.
Step 5
Step five
Carefully stir the Resene Waterborne Woodsman tinted to Resene Grey Green.
Step 6
Step six
Apply two coats of Resene Waterborne Woodsman tinted to Resene Grey Green to the raised beds allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 7
Step seven
Carefully stir the Resene Kwila Timber Stain
Step 8
Step eight
Apply two coats of Resene Kwila Timber Stain to the boardwalk allowing 24 hours for each coat to dry. Wash brush with mineral turps.

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