Garden Sleepers to seperate lawn an flower beds

i want to put down Garden sleepers to separate my lawn and floor beds . The idea is to lay them flat so I would not have to dig deep, Generally sleepers are quite expensive but the ones I want will be for practical use and not for decorative purposes. I have seen some cheaper ones both under £10 in Wicks and B and Q . Would they be suitable for my purpose. Any advise will be appreciated. Thank you,


  • EmmiaEmmia Forumite
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    Laying cheap sleepers (which may not be treated as thoroughly) directly on the ground may make them susceptible to rotting...
  • twopennytwopenny Forumite
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    Keep in mind that they will get slippery in the winter. Inadvertently stepping on a wet one can result if a Fawlty Towers type of fall.
    Are the ones you are looking at pressure treated? It's very cheap if they are.
    Also they will be soft wood so not very long lasting.
    Depends on your future intentions whether it's right for your needs.

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  • donemedoshdonemedosh Forumite
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    the sleepers you mentioned from Wickes are pressure treated so will do what you want & last a few years. I would lay them on a 2inch bed of 10mm gravel as this will help stop the bottom of the sleeper rotting. Plus drill the sleeper & hammer in some ribbed bar (rebar) its fairly cheap & stops the sleeper moving.
  • Magic_MomentsMagic_Moments Forumite
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    I have done similar as suggested above. Wicks sleepers are a much cheaper option. I would hope they will last without too much deterioration for about 7 years. am I correct in my thinking? It does divide the lawn and flower beds.
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