When it comes to fencing, it would seem like metal and even vinyl would be more eco-friendly than wood, but that’s not really the case. And cedar is perhaps the most eco-friendly wood available for fence construction. What should you know about this wood and what makes it so earth-friendly?
One thing to understand is that wood is more eco-friendly than any other material out there because it is a renewable resource. Once iron or aluminum is mined and used, it is gone. The original material can be recycled in many instances, but no more metal is being formed in the planet’s crust. Plastic is also not made from renewable materials. On the other hand, trees can be regrown, harvested and shaped into fencing over and over again.
Cedar is also environmentally friendly from a lack of chemical standpoint. For instance, pine is usually treated with chemicals to make it last longer. Even so, you’ll be doing good to get more than 15 years out of pressure treated wood, and the entire time chemicals will be seeping out of the wood and into the surrounding environment. Cedar, on the other hand, can often last up to 30 years and needs no chemicals to protect it. It’s naturally resistant to rot, insects, fungus, and other destructive forces.
Ultimately, cedar will break down and decompose. It will return to the earth from which it came – returning nutrients to the soil to support the web of life. Plastic will never truly break down, and metal can take a very long time to decompose.
As you can see, cedar is perhaps one of the most eco-friendly fencing options available to you today. Work with a reputable supplier to provide you with authentic split cedar fencing to beautiful your property.