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Non-Toxic Wood Raised Garden Beds

Downtown Los Angeles, CA
Solano Valley Community Garden wooden hillside raised garden beds.
(Please excuse the background freeway noise)


Two years ago after hearing ads on the radio, Al Renner, garden master of the Solano Community Garden, decided to build a prototype TimberSIL wood raised bed to test TimberSIL wood’s non-toxic resistance to weather, insects and wear. After two years the TimberSIL wood 4×4’s shows no signs of wear, rot or deterioration. A year later a larger second TimberSIL bed was built by inner city youth provided by Homeboy Industries and the LA Conservation Corps. While the construction of the second bed was not as sturdy as the first, the TimberSIL wood itself shows no signs of rot or deterioration.


Alt Build Expo

2010 – 7th Annual
Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo presented by the City of Santa Monica.

The Expo will feature over 150 carefully selected exhibitors who represent the best of Green Building & Design Materials, Energy Efficiency, Alternative Energy, Water Conservation Products, Environmental Plumbing, Sustainable Landscaping, Waste Management, State Agencies, Utilities, Non Profits and Municipalities.

TimberSIL® will be exhibiting the only EPA Approved Non-Toxic alternative to pressure treated wood and fire retardant treated wood. Pressure treated wood (PT) is used  were wood has direct ground or water contact, causing untreated wood to decay. Traditionally PT is treated with a combination of pesticides, fungicides, insecticides and heavy metals to fend off decay organisms such as insects and fungus enabling a longer life span of the wood.

TimberSIL® uses Non-Toxic glass, that in it’s liquid state penetrates the cellulose fibers of the wood, creating a glass matrix. TimberSIL® fortifies the wood fibers in glass, harmlessly blocking decay organisms from entry. Glass inside of wood has many other benefits, it has amazing fire retardant properties and also significantly increases the strength and hardness of the lumber, allowing for increased spans and use of less material.

TimberSIL® featured in MSN Real Estate article

17 innovative ways to take the grunt work out of home maintenance

#10. Long-lasting, fire-resistant wood decks

Wood decks are gorgeous but eventually decay and must be replaced. A 2007 study on the life expectancy of building components by the National Association of Home Builders found that wood decks last about 20 years, in general — as long as 30 years in north-facing and dry areas, as few as 10 facing south. Also, in hot, dry, fire-prone regions, decks can be a fire hazard when wind-blown embers and ash are in the air. TimberSIL treated lumber was chosen by Environmental Building News as one of its top 10 GreenSpec products in 2004. TimberSIL ($2.25 to $2.50 a linear foot, compared with roughly $2.75 to $3.75 for top-quality composites and $1.50 for kiln-dried wood decking) “petrifies wood by treating it with silica,” creating a wood product that’s nontoxic, noncorrosive and a Class A fire retardant, says EBN editor Peter Yost. The manufacturer calls the stuff  “glass wood,” since the glass is infused into the spaces between the fibers in the wood, a Southern yellow pine. “You can have a raging fire and it just sits there and looks at you,” says TimberSIL representative Rick Dixon (view a test on YouTube). Maintenance is the same as with other wood decks, but TimberSIL is warrantied for 40 years against rot and decay. It should last three to four times longer than a conventional wood deck, Dixon says.

TimberSIL® Non-Toxic Railroad Ties

TimberSIL® Railroad Ties in the ground!

TimberSIL® Wood Railroad Ties have a lot of benefits over the Chemically Treated  Ties that you can also see in these pictures,  including environmental impacts, longer life span, better hold on spikes, to safety and they even look better. The Treated Ties are the ones that look really dirty and gross (that’s the chemicals used to resist rot and decay), the TimberSIL ties are the bright yellow ties that look nice and clean, crisp and sharp.  Railroad ties are replaced on average every eight years,  Do you want them replaced with more chemically treated ties?