FAQs about raised beds
Once it’s been delivered, how do I store my raised beds parts before I start assembling them?
Recycled plastic lumber should always be stored laid flat on delivery, until you start work on it. It’s best to just leave all items on a flat surface or if delivered on the pallet leave your kits on it.
What tools do I need?
A power drill with a Philips Head (size 2) and a large hammer to drive the stakes (if required).
Can the recycled plastic lumber be worked like wood?
In many scenarios, recycled plastic lumber can be worked like hardwood, however it is worth noting that it should never be cut lengthwise. This is to do with differing tensions between the “skin” of the recycled plastic and the inside. Nor should deep notches over 50% of the width of the plank be cut into it. Cutting a notch into a lumber plank weakens it as would be the case with timber. Therefore if notched planks are integral to your design, we suggest this is only as part of a finished product which remains static, ie. not something which is regularly moved or dismantled.
I have replaced a number of wooden raised beds in the past, often after only a few years. How long will these last?
Raised beds made from recycled plastic will last for many decades, maybe even 100 years, but ours come with 25 year guarantee.
Will they leach any preservatives into the soil?
Not at all. They are chemically inert, neither absorbing nor releasing anything.
Do I need to buy a kit or can I make my own by just buying the lumber and fixing it together myself?
You can do either. If you have specific dimensions you wish to fill, you may prefer to buy full lengths and cut them to your exact requirements, saving a little money in the process. If you want something easy to assemble, pre-cut and with fixings supplied, a flat-packed kit is probably best for you.
Can I buy these from garden centres?
No, they are only available direct from us. Please email your enquiries to [email protected] and let us know what you’re interested in and where you are.
Where does the plastic come from?
All of the plastic is sourced from Ireland using mainly silage wrap from Irish farms that is discarded after use. This is then melted down to form the recycled plastic planks used in the raised beds.
How are they shipped out?
Due to the weight of our recycled plastic raised beds, orders below 2 kits are shipped as smaller parcels with Fastway. However, for orders above 3 kits they are typically shipped on pallets through the national road haulage network. Due to the flat-packed kit form of our raised beds, you don’t need to worry about making extra long raised beds as all parts are broken down into manageable sections making them suitable for relatively small delivery vehicles that can in turn access narrow lanes and urban developments.
Is the delivery included?
Delivery costs are included in the prices shown throughout the website and on our shop page.
How long does delivery take?
All of our products are made to order so please allow up to 10 working days for delivery