Upcycled Wood Bridge at Yo.gar.den

It was a bit cold for spring projects yesterday but the sun beckoned us to get a move on building the footbridge that was planned to span the streambed at the heart chakra area located in Yo.gar.den).  The heart chakra acts as a bridge between the three lower and three upper chakras.

yogarden dry stream bed in progress Crabtree Gardens

Streambed construction continues to extend as rocks are found.

The streambed now flows through the center of the heart area but we had to wait on locating the the bridge until we were able to add enough rocks.

Next Step rocks on island Crabtree Gardens

Rocks were taken from “next step’ project and used for sides of new streambed.

An abundance relocated from the Next Step Project’s new triangular island in the lower field allowed us to finally reach our destination. 🙂

Dry streambed Crabtree Gardens Naturalized Garden upcycle rocks Recycle in the Garden

The streambed finally reaches the planting area.

We wanted something unique for the bridge so instead of buying new materials we checked out the existing lumber that we had. Dave remembered that we saved five beefy, rough-cut 2×4’s (possibly dating from the 40’s) that we removed from inside a wall during the Cottage bathroom remodel.

I asked Dave to throw out conventional wisdom (he was not pleased) and use the boards to vertically cross horizontal braces, since it was a short span, rather than making a typical bridge with short pieces of lumber attached horizontally to the vertical side pieces. He fastened the boards with long stainless steel screws to old 4×4’s that we saved from a lumber siding delivery. Dry streambed Crabtree Gardens Upcycling wood recycled garden wood

Dry streambed Crabtree Gardens Upcycling wood recycled garden wood1

The new bridge will make easy access across the rocky streambed.

The upcycled wood worked as planned.  The old nail holes add character and the slight variation in board sizes and even some remaining tree bark on the sides give it an aged feel. Since it was such a short span, the longer lengths of the boards give the illusion that it’s a much longer bridge.

The wood will eventually deteriorate, but for the next few years, it will serve the purpose. I plan to give the bridge a rough coat of the same color green latex paint as the shed (the color of the heart chakra is green).Dry streambed Crabtree Gardens Upcycling wood recycled garden wood2


Before Dave put his tools away, he went over to tighten clamps on birdhouses near the decks and noticed a rock with a slight heart-shape.  Dry streambed Crabtree Gardens Upcycling wood recycled garden wood heart shaped rockHe was so proud to show me his discovery! He left it lay on the edge of the bridge and as I was taking photos for this post this morning, it dawned on me that we now have a few more hearts to add to our growing list 🙂


About crabtreegardens

I am a passionate decorator and the head gardener at Crabtree Gardens, LLC, which is a five acre naturalized garden located in Drums, PA. I advocate chemical-free, low maintenance gardening methods and working along with nature. I'm a freelance garden writer and member of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators.
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