treated wood in garden soil

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by kathrynlmv, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. kathrynlmv

    kathrynlmv Well-Known Member

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    Does anybody know of the dangers of using treated wood....as in deck-type-stuff- that kinda green looking wood.......in or near garden soil where food is grown? I've heard that many are treated with arsenic and that they are not safe in contact with the soil.....any responses appreciated.....kathrynlmv..
     
  2. Christiaan

    Christiaan Dutch Highlands Farm

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    As far as I know, no treated wood is acceptable for vegetable gardens. Some contain arsenic, all contain petroleum distillates. I live in Western Washington where it is wet 9 months of the year. For my raised boxes I use pine boards and they last five to ten years, which is about what you'd get from treated wood.