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Cost of Wood Raised Garden Bed VS Durable Greenbed Raised Garden Bed Kit

is it cheaper to build your own raised garden bed?

Are Durable GreenBeds Better than wood Garden Beds ?

Comparison Category

Durable GreenBed
4'x8'x2' Kit

DIY Wood raised bed

prep Work

Predesigned with step-by-step instructions

Design Time 1-2 hours

Parts List

GreenBed Kit Ships Complete with: 

(6) Durable GreenBed woodchip-concrete composite side panels

(6) Aluminum brackets with architectural grade baked paint finish

Prefinished, predrilled western red cedar tom trim 3.5″x1″ thick

Bag of Fasteners + stakes

Pre-drilled & Finished Top Rail Pieces 

Shopping Lists:

2x12x9′ Rough Sawn Cedar

5/16’x4″ Galv.Lag Screws

 5/16″ Galv. Washers 

4x4x53″ Cedar Post 

2x6x12″ Cedar Decking 

Quart of Non-Toxic Stain 

Deck Screws 

Tools needed

Cordless Drill



Electric Drill 

Socket Wrench


Measuring Tape 



Chop Saw 

Crush or Roller to Apply Wood Finish 

Safety Glasses 

Access to a truck to Haul Lumber 

Time & Money

60-90 Minutes to Install, Saving you 4 to 6 Hours of your time! (~$200) 

$752.00 cost of kit + ~$100 in labor

Last 20-25+ Years 

Lifetime Cost of Ownership: ~ $852.00 + cost of re-staining top trim every 2-3 years

6-8 Hours to Build 

~$300.00 in Labor + $210.11 in materials 

Replacement every ~6 years

Total Lifetime Cost of Ownership: ~$2,040.44

(Based on Replacing 4 Times over 25 Years)

Final results

Usable: 20-25+ Years

Attractive: 20-25+ Years

Usable: 6-8 Years

Attractive: <3 Years

Durable GreenBed Raised Garden Bed Kits are Made from Recycled Wood Chip Composite Boards!

Durable GreenBeds Save Time and Money!

Building a wood garden beds take time, cedar is expensive, and assembly is hard. 

When you look at the whole picture, Our kits just make dollars and sense!

Most wood (even cedar or redwood)  garden beds will begin to rot, crack, warp, or splinter in a very short period of time and within 6 to 8 years you will need to replace them again.  Plastic beds can crack under the sun in a short period as well.   This forces you to spend money and rebuild beds rather than focus on your garden.  Metal garden beds are a source of cuts and scrapes.

Sample panel in cardboard box

Durable GreenBed Cost you LESS over 10 years that wood Garden Beds!

To get an idea of the real cost of owning a Greenbed vs. a traditional wood raised bed, we need to look at the cost over the lifetime of the raised bed. First, there is the initial purchase cost, then the cost associated with installing, maintaining, and replacing of beds over time. 

How does a GreenBed compare to building your own wood bed?

Review the chart above and see which choice is better for you. This chart compares a cedar raised bed (4’x8’x2′) and a Durable GreenBed Kit (4’x8’x2′).

Check Out 14 reasons to love durable GreenBed

Constant Replacement Increase The Cost of Wood Garden Beds

With standard wood raised beds, you will need to replace your beds every 6 or so years. Why keep paying and paying? With Greenbeds, you assemble them once and forget about it.

When you factor in the time and hassle to build a wood-raised bed, not to mention the short life span, the choice to buy a Durable Greenbed is obvious.

It’s time to get ready to garden!

*Actual parts lists priced out a national lumber yard chain.

Save Money with a Personalized Discount!

Custom discounts are available on qualifying orders of $4,000 or more. Save money by ordering multiple Durable GreenBed raised garden bed kits. Elevate your garden with a personalized discount crafted just for you.

Comparing Durable GreenBeds to Traditional Wood Beds

Durable GreenBed

Landscape Garden Beds

Chef Gardens 

Vegetable Garden Beds 

Community Garden Beds

4x16x2 GreenBed

BEDS LAST 20-25 YEARS. “The last raised bed you need to install”

NON-TOXIC Nothing in GreenBed including the stain on the wood is toxic. 

HIGH RECYCLED CONTENT The panels have a 60%+ recycled content and the aluminum brackets have a 25%+ recycled content. 

MADE IN THE USA Preserving jobs in America. 

ATTRACTIVE Can be put in the front yard as well as the backyard. 

QUICK SET-UP 45 minutes to 1.5 hours provided site it prepared. 

New Smokey Gray Panel for Durable GreenBed Raised Garden Bed

The Best Wood for Traditional Beds



Black Locust



These are all reasonably long-lasting woods when in contact with the soil. Cedar and Redwood sapwood can last 10+ years however it is difficult to find. Most are second-growth, and not sapwood, which will only last as long as fir and pine. Black Locust, cypress, and juniper can go 6-10 years. These are only regionally available, and not widely distributed. 

Widely available wood, fir, and pine are suitable, but only expect them to last 5 years or less before structural failure. 

Cedar and Redwood are naturally water resistant but can be expensive and hard to find. Hemlock, fir, and pine are suitable materials for raised beds but are not long-lasting. 

Do NOT use treated lumber or railroad ties. They contain toxic chemicals that will leach into your garden. 

Durable GreenBeds are NON Toxic Garden Beds!