Here's a quick way to give your backyard a lift, adding variety and interest while making future gardening tasks easier on your back. Make this simple timber raised bed for your yard.

February 19, 2016
Raised Bed

No fine carpentry is required to make the classy-looking bed—just a little heavy lifting and a couple of hours. Choose timbers that will last well in your climate, and stain them however you'd like. Wear gloves and eye protection when cutting pressure-treated lumber.

  • Working time 6 hrs
  • Start to finish 6 hrs
  • Difficulty Kind of Easy
  • Involves Cutting Wood, Drilling

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Create Level Base

Where the wood will rest on the ground, dig a level trench. Make the trench 2 inches wider than your timbers and about 3 inches deep. Pour and level a base of gravel, making it nearly as high as the surrounding grade.

Step 2

Begin Courses

Lay the first course of timbers on the gravel. Bore 3/8-inch holes down through the timbers every 3 feet. Set precut 2-foot pieces of 3/8-inch reinforcing bar in each of the holes and pound them flush with the surface of the timber.

illustration wood raised flower bed
Step 3

Finish Bed

Attach the final two courses with 12-inch spikes. To drive the spikes, predrill 3 inches into the timbers with a 1/4-inch bit. Then, pound them flush with the surface of the top course.


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