Do I need to treat timber edging before installing it? Do I need to treat timber edging before installing it?
If your timber edging will be exposed to the elements and you want them to last for a long period of time, then the answer is yes, you need to treat your edging first before installing it. Treating the timber protects it from the elements such as water, snow and heat from penetrating. It gives the timber a coating that will not allow these various elements from seeping into the core of the wood and eventually destroying it from the inside. It also protects the timber edging from pests such as termites and woodworms that would love to snack and make their home on the wood. Simply apply a coating or two of wood preservative in order to shield your timber edging from these elements.