Re: [gardeners] Question about pressure treated wood

Harry Boswell (
Thu, 22 Feb 2001 08:17:14 -0600

I'm speaking off the top of my head here, but I live in a "warmer region"
(Mississippi), and I would think that the wood in a raised bed would
not make more of a target for termites than the wood already in
the house.  I haven't encountered termites in any raised bed I've had.
I wouldn't, however, pile old wood up next to the house.  10 feet
sounds like enough of a buffer zone in any case.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Carol J. Bova" <>
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Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2001 1:32 AM
Subject: Re: [gardeners] Question about pressure treated wood

> Any danger of encouraging subterranean termites in warmer regions using
> lumber to make raised beds?  I have several 10 ft pieces of painted 4 x 4's
> apparently left over from building the carport. I was thinking of using
> them to make raised beds, and the nearest garden beds will be about 10 ft
> from my husband's studio... which has a lot of wood components.
>          Carol
>          In sunny again for the moment Sunland, CA
> ><snp>In the meantime - last year, I decided to do a test, using one bed of
> >lumber, one of untreated lumber, and one of untreated-but-painted lumber.
> >So far, they're all holding up.
> >
> >Harry