I have used railroad ties around my beds all the time. We used them to border my moms raised garden, around flower beds, strawberries etc. They work great, dont rot for LONG LONG time, and if there is any soil contamination the plants dont seem to mind and we havent died yet or glow in the dark from it. I say USE EMgoodoldreb said:Hi folks!
We have had a few warm days, so I am trying to get everything together for my vegetable garden. I am going to try raised beds this time. My parents have some old RR crossties that I can use, but my wife has read that the chemicals used to treat them can cause soil contamination. I have heard of this using treated lumber because of the arsenic contamination. The crossties are old and cracked, but would make good borders. All of the crissole used to treat them appears to have been worn off for some time. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated as always. Thanks. GOR