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    5 Plants that Will Flourish in Your Garden Box

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Having a garden box in your backyard is a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors—but one of the greatest rewards is the variety of plants you can successfully grow in a garden box. These plants will not only look great, but will taste great too. Here are five plants that will do well in your garden box:

    1. Strawberries are a popular fruit to grow in your garden box. While they are certainly not too difficult to tend, you’ll have to take particular care to grow strawberries correctly. Typically, your garden box will have to be elevated. You’ll also have to make sure that you plant the bulb correctly in order for it to successfully germinate.
    2. Eggplants are nutritious and delicious vegetables that are easy to grow in your redwood garden box. With a supply of naturally-grown eggplants, you’ll be able to make delicious dishes like babaghanoush or eggplant parmesan.
    3. Home-grown lettuce is extremely convenient because you can grow large amounts for very little money. Buttercrunch, salad bowl, and bibb lettuce are popular garden box choices for home gardeners.
    4. Tomatoes are very easy to grow in your garden box. If you are feeling particularly enthusiastic about lumber working, you could build your garden box near fencing to allow the tomato vines a place to grow.
    5. For fresh-cut herbs everyday, consider starting an herb garden in your garden box. Herbs do very well in garden boxes when planted in rich soil and allowed proper drainage.

    If you’re ready to start planting in your redwood garden box, then come to J & W Lumber. We carry a wide variety of outdoor building material, including garden box kits, decking, fencing, or patio cover kits. Visit J & W Lumber online or call (760) 270-9761 to learn more about our inventory.

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    What is pressure-treated wood, and what are its chief advantages? Do you know what factors can affect the durability of your wood furnishings, and how you can keep them safe from weathering and pests? Visit the pages below for more information, or contact J & W Lumber at (760) 741-8776 if you have any questions about wood.

    Learn About the Ideal Applications and Unique Characteristics of Western Red Cedar

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Some types of wood work better than others as building materials. Be sure to learn about different possible wood choices before completing a new deck or railing. This video segment can help you determine if cedar is the best wood for your project.

    This overview of western red cedar outlines the wood’s aesthetic and functional benefits. This cedar comes in multiple grades and colors. Plus, the wood comes with natural oils that resist wood rot and bugs. Overall, cedar is a great choice for homeowners who want a beautiful deck with low maintenance needs.

    San Diego residents can get access to western red cedar at J & W Lumber. Call us at (760) 741-8776 when you consider adding a cedar deck or fence to your home. We’ll be happy to supply you with the lumber and other materials that your project needs.

    J & W Lumber Your Outdoor Building Material Experts!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    J & W Lumber has all sorts of Garden Boxes! From large to small to everything in between.  Remember J & W Lumber has more decking, fencing, and patio covers than you'll find anywhere!

    Understanding the Differences between How Stained and Unstained Wood Ages

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Wood building materials are extremely beautiful, but are vulnerable to wear. That’s why so many homeowners choose to apply a stain to lumber fences and decks. However, there are some benefits of skipping this step in the wood maintenance process. This overview of stained wood aging can help you determine which look is right for your home.

    • Stain Basics: Stains are added to lumber building materials as a form of protection from the elements. Decks and fences are constantly exposed to UV rays and moisture, so visible wear from this intense weather is inevitable. Stains work by seeping into the wood’s surface layer—solvents within the stain, typically silicon or petroleum-based chemicals, dry and create a permanent barrier around the wood.
    • Long-Term Looks: Exposure to the elements can cause wood building materials to change in their appearance. The colors of stained wood are more likely to remain the same over the course of years, but homeowners with unstained wood will observe a natural transition. Eventually, dark and tan brown colors will transform into a faded grey. Many homeowners are against this color change and invest in high-quality stains to prevent the shift. Others enjoy the stately looks of grey wood.
    • Customer Options: Homeowners looking to incorporate the look of unstained aged wood will need to invest in another form of moisture protection. Thankfully, there are numerous specialty stains and finishes available. Clear and semi-transparent finishes are designed to highlight the original color of the wood, or to seal faded wood. Ask a lumber and decking professional for tips on choosing the perfect sealing option for your wood fence or deck.

    J & W Lumber deals in both stained and unstained wood materials. Contact us at (760) 741-8776 if you’ve got questions about finding the perfect finish for your fence or deck. We’re happy to lend our expertise to San Diego-area residents.

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