Wooden You Like to Know? A Primer to Wood Outdoor Furnishings


Article by: Debbie Rodgers

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In fact, the varieties of wood , Harmonize Your Yard: 8 Ways to Add Feng Shui Outdoors are dizzying. Which should you choose? How should you care for it? And is wood , The Top 10 Tips For Getting Rid Of Weeds In Your Lawn an environmentally-friendly choice for outdoor , Unique Flowers make a memorable gift! furniture?

Types of Wood

First, understand that hardwood is not necessarily hard and softwood is not always soft. The terms refer simply to the type of tree , Cold Frame Greenhouse - Maximize The Natural Warmth Of The Sun from which the wood , Growing Roses - The Guide for Fans of Roses is obtained: hardwood from broad-leafed trees, , Growing Roses - The Guide for Fans of Roses and softwood from needle-bearing trees. , How to Grow Sweet Corn

All wood , How To Choose The Right Lawnmower For Your Garden Lawn outdoor furniture , Gardening - Growing Herbs In Containers may be cleaned with warm water , African Violet Care and mild detergent.

Here are the most common types of wood , The Perfect Yellow Roses for Your Home or Garden used in the construction of outdoor furniture. , Waterfalls

  • Redwood is a durable hardwood, grown on the west coast of North America (the Coast redwood) and in China (the Dawn redwood.) Redwood is straight-grained with a reddish color, , The MorrowPond Garden - Soil Management and has a high resistance to termites and rot. Treated properly, it can last more than 25 years.

The redwood harvested in North American is cut mainly from private lands that are zoned for timber , Have Year Round Color by Planting for Birds use. Over 95% of these areas are previously harvested -- that is, they are not virgin, old-growth forests. The Coast redwood can grow , Myths About Lawns to 130 feet in just 30 years.

  • Cedar is a North American softwood, light , How to Clone with Success in color , African Violet Care and naturally splinter free. It resists insects, mold, mildew and decay, and it weathers , How Vacuum Formed Molds Are Made well. With proper care, it can last 25 years. Since cedar is a quick grower, it's a resource that renews relatively rapidly.

  • Teak is perhaps the most coveted of outdoor furniture , Cold Frame Greenhouse - Maximize The Natural Warmth Of The Sun woods and with good reason. It's a honey brown hardwood that is highly resistant to rot and decay and will last 50 years or longer, even if left outdoors , A Touch of Feng Shui in the Garden year-round. Teak is now harvested primarily from plantations in Southeast Asia. Dwindling stocks and high consumer demand have combined to make the price of teak soar.

The high price of teak has made other tropical , Working with Landscape Contractors hardwoods, such as roble, shorea, jarrah and eucalyptus popular. All of these woods , Feng Shui In the Garden are dense, durable, and stand up well to weather. , Traditional Wisdom or Old-fashioned Nonsense?

  • Jarrah, which is reddish or pinkish, is harvested in Australia from government-managed forests to ensure reforestation.

  • Shorea, grown in Indonesia and Malaysia, is stronger and heavier than teak but because of the large quantity available, is usually priced lower. Both jarrah wood , Working with Landscape Contractors and shorea will last up for up to 50 years.

  • Roble is a golden, relatively lightweight hardwood harvested mainly from dry tropical , Gift Ideas for Bird Lovers forests in South America. It will last up to 25 years.

  • Tropical eucalyptus is a native of Australia and is prized for its resistance to rot and handsome look. It also will last decades.

Tropical hardwoods will weather , How To Choose The Right Lawnmower For Your Garden Lawn to a silvery finish over time, unless treated twice a year with teak or other furniture , African Violet Care oil.

  • Pine is an affordable softwood that is harvested in many varieties from various parts of the world, but especially from American forests. All are yellow color , Harmonize Your Yard: 8 Ways to Add Feng Shui Outdoors with brown knots and are excellent for staining. Pressure-treated pine will last for 20 years but untreated, pine has low rot-resistance. It should be painted, stained or sealed and stored indoors , Hot New Sunflowers to Grow during the winter. , 10 Landscaping Design Ideas To Enhance Your Home Garden

  • Willow, cypress, alder and other trees , Flowers One of Life's Small Pleasures with pliable branches are used for bent-twig furniture. , Waterfalls Willow is especially renewable as when it is cut, two or more shoots will grow , Unique Flowers make a memorable gift! out of the stump of the cut piece. Harvested properly, willow will continue to grow , How to Clone with Success cutting after cutting.

If you use twig furniture , Tips On Growing And Caring For Orchids outdoors, spray or brush on a good quality clear exterior varnish and use the furniture , Rugged Outdoor Elegance: All Weather Indoor / Outdoor Rugs only in a protected area.

Is It Environmentally , Managing the Hobby Greenhouse Friendly?

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifies lumber forests around the world, although only a small percentage of the lumber produced globally is FSC certified. If you are extremely concerned about the future of the world's wood , Roman Concrete - How They Did It supply, look for an FSC label on the underside of the furniture , Create and Furnish Your Outdoor Room piece or on the hanging tag.

If you are not so stringent in your views, you may wish to consider furniture , Economically Design Your Own Landscape Lighting made from wood , Bonsai Trees For Sale: What Are Your Options? harvested from responsibly government-managed forests or from plantations, which grow trees , Hot New Sunflowers to Grow much like farms , Traditional Wisdom or Old-fashioned Nonsense? grow other crops. In addition, according to the Hardwood Manufacturers' Association, harvesting levels of American hardwood are far below the levels of growth, so that twice as much hardwood grows , Gardening Soil each year as is harvested.

Alternatively, you may choose to purchase furniture , Tips On Growing And Caring For Orchids made from reclaimed wood , Growing Roses - The Guide for Fans of Roses - that is, wood , Flowers One of Life's Small Pleasures that was previously used for consumer items and that has been refashioned into new furniture. , 10 Landscaping Design Ideas To Enhance Your Home Garden In addition, some companies offer recycled wood , How to Grow Sweet Corn furniture-furniture made of recycled pallets or barn wood. , A Home Garden Fun for the Whole Family You can find a partial listing here http://www.ecobusinesslinks.com/links/recycled_green_furniture_manufacturers.htm

When considering the ecological , Landscaping Lighting Techniques impact of purchasing wooden furniture, , Waterfalls you should also look at the lifespan of the wood. , How to Make a Simple Homemade Aeroponics System Most wooden , To Salt or Not to Salt Your Pond pieces last decades -- more than long enough for the wood's source to be renewed.

So, whether you go rustic , Flowers One of Life's Small Pleasures or elegant, wood , Unique Flowers make a memorable gift! may well be a wise choice for your outdoor , Waterfalls furnishings. Take a seat -- and relax!
About The Author

Debbie Rodgers, the haven maven, owns and operates Paradise Porch, , Daylily "Red Hot Returns" and is dedicated to helping people create outdoor , Storage Sheds living spaces that nurture and enrich them. Her latest how-to guide "Attracting Butterflies to Your Home , Quickly Grow a Natural Privacy Screen or Sound Barrier and Garden" is now available on her web , Unique Flowers make a memorable gift! site. Visit her at www.paradiseporch.com and get a free report on "Eight easy ways to create privacy in your outdoor , The Hosta A Shade Loving Perennial space". Mail to debbie@paradiseporch.com


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