Landscape Your Garden Using Recycled Wooden Pallets

When the snow disappears and the spring fragrance is in the breeze, residents all over the world head out to their yards to start focusing on landscaping schemes to embellish their property. I enjoy these projects but what I don’t enjoy is the heavy Lowe’s and Home Depot charges on my credit card. Even the simplest landscaping projects would seem to cost a pretty penny, as supplies are quick to add up. A bit of a trick I’ve learned is to skip the costly supplies and use alternative options like old wooden pallets. I used them for countless projects, because there are three places around town that I can get for free!

They can be disassembled and used in a number of creative ways. If you want a rustic style, you can use them as-is, or finish them off for a more finished appearance. Have a look at Wooden Pallet for more info on this.

Get Started

Having got your hands on some pallets, check them for damage. Separate damaged pallets from intact ones. Good shaped pallets will get you to work with more slats, but usually damaged pallets will still have quite a few slats and rails for goods.

Next you want a pallet to be oriented, so that the slats run horizontally. The rails are the thicker boards on the edges and middle, and the slats are thinner boards that are used for pallet surfaces. Some pallets have slats on top and bottom, and these will allow you to work with more wood. Next you can use needle-nose pliers to pull out all the staples. Using a paint pen to mark any nail heads you spot on the pallet.

Break Rid of the Chord

Now it is time for the pallets to be cut to free the slats and the rails. Start by snapping a line of chalk down the left side of the right rail, making sure you avoid any heads of nails. Grab some protective eyewear, ear plugs and a dust mask before you start cutting.

Follow the line of chalk with your cut, sawing carefully through one salt at a time. Echo the chalk line down the left rail on the opposite foot, again making sure to remove the heads with nails. Give the second cut with the chainsaw, then go one slat at a time again.

Stand the pallet up and knock the slats loose with a rubber mallet near the center rail after you’ve finished your cuts. If the mallet doesn’t cut it use a pry bar to complete the job. You will have good clean slats which are around three feet in length when you’re finished.

Make use of the materials

The slats and rails of the pallet form a great outline for a garden, walkway or flower bed. Simply cut down your slats to the desired size and dig a trench where you would like to put your border. Place the parts in place, ensuring they are correctly spaced and all positioned at the same distance. Finish by filling the trench back such that the soil is even with the border’s inside bottom.