What prod­ucts should you use for fences, sheds etc?

Amateur Gardening - - This Week In Gardening -

Nearly 15 years have passed since cre­osote was banned from sale in the eU. love it or hate it, this coal tar-based preservative was great at ex­tend­ing the life of Britain’s fences and sheds, but its can­cer-caus­ing in­gre­di­ents were too dan­ger­ous to ig­nore.

Then its suc­ces­sor, cre­osote sub­sti­tute, dis­ap­peared from shelves in 2009 be­cause of sim­i­lar con­cerns. So what are the op­tions to pro­tect your wood from the rav­ages of win­ter?

Whether in the form of deck­ing, fur­ni­ture, build­ings or bound­aries, most of us have wooden struc­tures in the gar­den, and much of it will have been pres­sure-treated. This is where the wood is im­mersed in preservative sheds and decks es­sen­tially boils down to two things: paint or stain. Both can con­tain vary­ing amounts of wax to re­pel water, but stains tend to pen­e­trate deeper into the wood, while paint dries onto the sur­face. as a gen­eral rule, stains are cheaper than paints, but the lat­ter come in a wider va­ri­ety of colours.

Some, such as Cupri­nol’s Duck­back, say they’ll pro­tect for five years (oth­ers for even longer). But I’d take such claims with a pinch of salt be­cause it de­pends on the con­di­tion of your wood.

Many of these prod­ucts also work well on gar­den fur­ni­ture made from soft­wood such as pine. How­ever hard­wood (teak and oak) has dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments. For more info on what’s avail­able – and how to use it – see the panel op­po­site.

Oil, stain or paint? Make sure you get the right prod­uct for your needs

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