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What to consider when purchasing a garden bed?Updated 4 months ago

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a garden bed to meet your needs.

Material
The material your garden bed is made from is important because it can affect durability, drainage, and soil quality and retention.

Galvanized steel is an excellent choice because it is strong and resists rust and weathering. Locally manufactured options are often better quality and subject to greater quality control, which means you'll avoid the lack of transparency and possible safety concerns that come with overseas manufacturing.

Thinner materials or materials including aluminium may scratch and corrode. Wooden garden beds are aesthetically pleasing but require higher maintenance and are subject to decay over time, especially in the Canadian climate.

Ease of assembly
Garden beds can be bulky and come with several pieces, making it difficult to put together easily.

Maintenance
Look for a garden bed that can provide excellent soil retention and is made of thicker, long-lasting and weatherproof materials. This will reduce the likelihood of requiring replacement and potential warping or decay.

Safety
Ensure that your garden bed is manufactured with safety in mind. Look for an integrated safety lip and fewer joints, as well as non-painted options to avoid the possibility of toxic chemicals leaching into your soil.

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