Railroad ties are available in many sizes and grades. These options give you many ways to use railroad ties creatively in landscaping your yards to add interest and appeal to your home. If you have a very large area at hand in your yard and you want to make great use of it, try landscaping it by using railroad ties. You can have tie retaining walls as fencing borders for a vegetable garden, flower garden, or even to grow a lawn in it. They help in keeping these garden at an elevated level from the ground, and make good use of the extra space around the house. It is as simple as nailing the ties together and creating a fence around the garden area. It looks very attractive, since the ties are made from wood and have that rustic look to them. You can also use the ties in another unique way by making seating benches from them and having beautiful landscape lighting around the area.
Railroad ties can be used to create unexpected accessories for landscaping. Stake several ties into the ground to create a rugged garden fence that separates flowerbeds, or place two ties upright in the ground to serve as a mailbox holder. An option is to add stenciled or metal numbers to the ties and use them as a house number sign. If you want to illuminate a walkway for after dark, place the ties upright along a garden path, and add lighting fixtures to their tops.