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my raised bed is about 5 years old and the frame is bowing out. the space between the support beam in the middle is a good 1in gap. how would you fix it or should i just build a new one?

i live in new England and the bed is covered in snow so there will not be any pictures

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Posted 2015-01-16T02:08:53+0000  by freddie45 freddie45

Hey freddie45.


Are your raised beds made of pressure treated lumber or are you using cedar? If you were using cedar, I would probably say that its getting time to replace the boards, as they don't last nearly as long as pressure treated. Otherwise if the board is fine, I would drive a stake against the board, in the middle of the span to get rid of the gap. If the board goes 8 foot without a support, drive a wood stake up against it at 4 ft.

Posted 2015-01-18T17:14:35+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL
they are not pressure treated and i think the board is 1x2x13ft
Posted 2015-01-18T17:30:08+0000  by freddie45

Drive some stakes against it every few feet to hold it in place. This will help reinforce it. Are you near a Home Depot store?
Posted 2015-01-18T17:36:34+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL
yes. but i have some wood. what thickness would you use and screws?
Posted 2015-01-18T17:41:19+0000  by freddie45

I would recommend using something like this 2X2 stake with a 3 inch wood screw. I might recommend putting 1 stake every 3 foot or so.

Posted 2015-01-18T20:17:34+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL
Hi freddie45,

Since you don't have a current garden in your raised bed, "...the bed is covered in snow", you could move the soil in the spring to allow for straightening of the rails.

When you till the bed to prepare it for planting in the spring, pull the soil away from the boards to allow for easy movement and adjustment of the sides. Compacted soil is impossible to move by pushing against it, but freshly tilled soil can be pulled away from the bulging sides.

While the soil is moved away, make your repairs by adding a few posts to support the sides. Then move the soil back into place and repeat on the opposite side.

Just a thought...

Posted 2015-01-20T21:19:34+0000  by Travis_HD_ATL
here are some picture now since the snow has melted. the first picture is where it is the worst the support beam is not connected to the other piece of wood. the other two picture are attempts to fix the crack. the top half of the wood is very crumbly and hard to get screws into the wood.
Posted 2015-03-26T19:17:50+0000  by freddie45
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