Use pressure treated lumber. It is far less expensive than cedar or redwood, and IT IS SAFE FOR GARDEN BEDS. There is a lingering misconception that pressure-treated wood is unsafe for garden beds, due to the chemicals used in treating the lumber leaching out into the soil, then being absorbed by the plants, then eaten by humans. This WAS actually once true, until 2003. Then, the entire industry, following government recommendations, began using chemicals to pressure treat wood that are far safer and have been proven time and again in scientific studies to be safe for such uses as garden beds. So when you hear someone caution you not to use p.t. wood in garden beds, their information is nearly 20 years out of date! Here is a link to one of the many online articles that discusses this: https://www.naturalhandyman.com/iip/infxtra/infptforraisedgardens.html Also, if you're building garden beds, you'll probably want to use at least 2 x 8" lumber, not 2 x 4", which isn't really thick enough to load a good amount of soil into. Hope this helps.
Each piece of lumber has a stamp showing grading agency, species, mill number, and grade.
Wood cracking and warping way to much
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This wood has not been pressure treated for exterior use. I suggest considering a pressure treated product with a "Ground Contact" use classification. Call your local store and they can assist you with selecting the proper product.
Absolutely not. “Select Structural” is the highest rating for Douglas Fir dimension lumber; “Standard” is the second lowest, with “Utility” being the lowest. “Construction”, “Stud”, “No3”, “No2”, “No1”, “No1 & Btr”, and “Select Structural” are all of higher grade than “Standard”, per the American Wood Council, National Design Specification, which is the basis for the wood section of building codes in the United States.
I personally would use this over Pressure Treated because it doesn't have the chemicals. Just know that it will decay with time and you will have to replace the wood at some point. The choice is yours and if you don't really care or won't be using it for edibles then I'd suggest pressure treated.
You would have to check directly with the store.
call your store directly for availability
These are extremely wet. I wouldn't drywall until they dry. I set mine on a hardwood floor overnight and they left a condensation puddle and there was black mold already. Also they will warp as they dry!