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A Guide to Staying Safe in the Sun
July 21st, 2021

A Guide to Staying Safe in the Sun

During summer, most of us are tempted to spend more time outdoors as the weather gets better. However, it is important not to overdo it in the sun because there are a range of risks involved. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep yourself safe and avoid getting burnt, dehydrated or worse...

A Guide to Installing Decking for Summer
July 14th, 2021

A Guide to Installing Decking for Summer

This guide will show you when you should look at changes to your home and how to capitalise on them across the year that are both cost-effective and the best times for your home...

When is the Best Time to do Home Improvements
July 7th, 2021

When is the Best Time to do Home Improvements

With summer in full swing, you might be looking for ways to improve your garden and ensure it is a safe, relaxing place that you can enjoy for the next few months. Decking is a great option and can completely transform your outdoor space.

How to Enjoy Great Outdoors Month in Your Garden
June 23rd, 2021

How to Enjoy Great Outdoors Month in Your Garden

June is Great Outdoors Month, and now that the sunny weather has finally arrived, there's never been a better time to get out and celebrate the great outdoors in your own back garden...

3 Ways to Encourage Wildlife to Your Garden
June 16th, 2021

3 Ways to Encourage Wildlife to Your Garden

As a huge benefit for the environment and the local area’s wildlife growth, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be adding these features to your garden. Here are the top 3 features you can add into your garden this summer in order to encourage the wildlife!

How To Revamp Your Summer House
June 9th, 2021

How To Revamp Your Summer House

If you have a summer house, you know how much of a benefit it can bring to an outdoor area. It’s a great asset to your backyard that can be used as a place to relax, a place for your children to play, or to get your BBQ ready for those warmer evenings. Read our guide to getting your summer house back to being the life of your garden.

Quick and Easy Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value
June 2nd, 2021

Quick and Easy Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

Thinking of selling your home, or have you been putting off those decoration plans? There are many ways you can boost the value of your home by making changes that are cost-effective and improve your return on investment.

How to Make Your Own Raised Sleeper Bed
May 26th, 2021

How to Make Your Own Raised Sleeper Bed

If you want to create your own fruit and vegetable patch in your garden, raised beds are the ideal solution. Here we give a brief introduction into construction of your own raised beds and how they can improve your health and your outside space.

Is Your Garden BBQ Ready?
May 19th, 2021

Is Your Garden BBQ Ready

With lockdown easing and the weather improving, your outside space is now the safest way to host your family and friends. Have you been neglecting your space throughout the winter? Does it need a little revamp or clean? If you don’t quite feel that your garden space is ready for hosting, read our guide on how to get your garden BBQ ready this summer!

Cheap and Easy Ways to Improve Your Garden for The Kids This Summer
May 12th, 2021

Cheap and Easy Ways to Improve Your Garden for The Kids This Summer

It won’t be long before the kids are off school for several weeks, and you’ll likely have to come up with lots of ways to keep them entertained. There are many ways you can prepare for your garden for your kids’ summer holidays that don’t break the bank; we’ve put together the best ideas that your little ones will enjoy.

Preparing your Patio for The Summer -Top Tips
May 5th, 2021

Preparing your Patio for The Summer

With rain, sometimes hailstones, crisp mornings and direct heat onto the decking, canopies, and furniture, you may need to look at taking care of your patio before inviting guests around for a post-lockdown party. So, before investing in that new BBQ, take a look at this guide to preparing your patio for the summer.

Everything you need to know about Hardwood Garden Sleepers
Apr 28th, 2021

Everything you need to know about Hardwood Garden Sleepers

Railway sleepers are extremely versatile and a great choice to create and plan a new garden layout. New garden layouts can include steps, pathways or even simple borders. Whatever the use for garden sleepers, you can purchase railway sleepers in three different variants – Hardwood, Softwood and Reclaimed Sleepers. In this blog, we explore in detail everything you need to know about Hardwood/Oak Garden Sleepers.

How to Paint, Stain or Oil your Decking - Get started!
Apr 21st, 2021

How to Paint, Stain or Oil your Decking

Decking can brighten up and add character to any home, allowing you have the perfect place within your garden to relax, dine outdoors and even play. Whilst the benefits of decking are obvious, it is also important to maintain your decking. To keep your decking in pristine condition, in this blog we have put together decking maintenance methods varying from oils, paints and stains for you to use, including top tips for each method.

How to install Closeboard fencing - Comprehensive Guide
Apr 14th, 2021

How to install Closeboard fencing

Closeboard fencing is one of the most popular fencing types among our customers and across the UK, and it’s easy to see why. It’s known for its strength and versatility, as well as the classic design. Read our blog for a step-by-step guide on how to install closeboard fencing.

Why Your Outdoor Space Should Be High Up In The Priority List
Apr 7th, 2021

Why Your Outdoor Space Should Be High Up In The Priority List

In recent times it is becoming more apparent that your outdoor space is an extremely integral part of your home’s overall aesthetics. You may ask why? Beautiful outdoor spaces are a real game changer when it comes to first impressions of your home – you may have guests visiting your home and the first thing they see is the exterior. In this blog, we explore why your outdoor space should now be further up your priority list and how Lawsons, as a supplier, can help you.

3 Reasons You Might Switch To Composite Decking
Mar 31st, 2021

3 reasons to switch to composite decking

When it comes to building your decking, you can choose to work with a number of materials such as timber or composite decking options. The focus of this blog is to explore three key reasons why you should dump traditional timber decking variants and switch to composite decking.

Why You Should Consider Painting Your Fence
March 24th, 2021

Why you should consider painting your fence

Giving your fence a new lick of paint might be just what it needs to refresh and update it. By adding some colour to your fencing, it can make a big difference to the overall look and feel of your garden. In this article, we will explore why you should consider painting your fence and questions which may arise if you do decide to paint your fence.

How To Care For Your Timber Gate
Mar 17th, 2021

How To Care For Your Timber Gate

Installing a strong and attractive wooden gate is essential for a secure home and easy access to your front or rear garden. But like all timber products, it’s important to maintain and care for your gate to ensure it will last you years and look perfect all year round. In this blog, we will be exploring timber treatments and gate care for different gate types and giving you top tips on how to effectively care for your gate.

Can You Use Artificial Grass On Decking
March 10th, 2021

Can you use artificial grass on decking

Artificial grass has been a popular option for many homeowners and it’s easy to see why! A question that we get asked a lot by our customers is whether you can use artificial grass on decking? In short, the answer is yes but there are a few factors that we will address in this blog that you should consider.

What To Consider When Selecting a New Fence
Mar 3rd, 2021

What to consider when selecting a new fence

Selecting a new fence can often be a difficult task as there are various factors which need to be considered. These can include whether you are looking for fencing for privacy reasons or down to aesthetics. Whatever the reason for your choice of fencing, read our blog to ensure you’ve thought about the below considerations before making a fence purchase.

Everything You Need To Know About Softwood Garden Sleepers
Feb 24th, 2021

Everything you need to know about Softwood Garden Sleepers

Railway sleepers have been a popular landscape feature for many gardens over the decades. Due to its versatile characterises, garden sleepers continue to be loved by gardeners, homeowners, and landscapers today. In this blog, we focus on everything you need to know about softwood garden sleepers.

How To Seal Block Paving - What We Recommend And Best Practice
Feb 17th, 2021

How to Seal Block Paving

Keep your block paving looking fantastic all year round by a bit of DIY sealing. This sealing process will help protect your paving from nasty elements, limit weed growth and ensure your paving looks in perfect condition. In this blog we look and share best practices for sealing block paving.

Everything You Need To Know About Our Brick Centre
Feb 10th, 2021

Everything you need to know about our brick centre

Bricks are one of the most essential building materials required when it comes to any construction project and it has been for thousands of years due to its durable characteristics. Here at Lawsons, our Brick Centre Hub, we stock an endless range of bricks to accommodate all your requirements. In this blog we outline everything you need to know about our Brick Centre service offerings.

How To Fit A Door Architrave                  
Feb 3rd, 2021

How To Fit A Door Architrave

Architrave comes in many styles, materials and widths and is the ideal decorative feature to use around a door, window or even a loft hatch. For doorframes, it’s perfect to hide the untidy edge where the wall joins the frame. In this blog we give you a step-by-step guide on how to fit architrave to a door frame.

Floor Protection For Renovation
Jan 27th, 2021

Floor Protection Products For Renovation Projects

It’s always a great idea to start your renovation or construction project which you may have planned a while back. But you want to make sure you don’t damage your home’s flooring, as your flooring is an integral part of your home design and décor. Read on to find out our three key product suggestions to protect your flooring during any construction or renovation projects...

How To Hang An Internal Door - Our Step To Step Guide
Jan 20th, 2021

How to hang an internal door

Here at Lawsons we stock a wide range of beautiful internal doors, supplied by our leading supplier Deanta. Our extensive range covers many types of doors including Oak, Walnut, White Primed doors, and Fire check doors. With a wide range of internal doors in stock, read this blog to rea our top tips on how to hang an interior door.

How Will Your Fencing Stand Up To The Winter Storm
Jan 13th, 2021

How will your fencing stand up to the winter storm

With the days getting shorter and the weather forecast for winter has been predicated as freezing conditions, now is a good time to check if your fencing will stand winter months. In this blog we consider factors you should consider when purchasing a new fence or how your current fencing is going to stand the upcoming winter months...

Garden Trends for 2021
Jan 6th, 2021

Garden Trends for 2021

As gardening continues to become a favourite hobby for homeowners, you may be on the lookout for the latest garden trends for this year. Here at Lawsons we have been analysing the most recent trends via Instagram, which we think will continue to dominate in 2021. Read our latest blog to uncover these latest trends...

Save Money on Heating This Winter
Dec 23rd, 2020

How to Save Money with Your Heating This Winter

Are you worried about the rising cost of your utility bills in the winter, when you have to start using the heating on a daily basis? Smart controls and adequate insulation are just some of the many ways you can help to keep your house warm, whilst saving money. Here are some more of our helpful heating tips...

Wood or MDF Skirting Boards?
Dec 16th, 2020

Wood or MDF Skirting Boards?

We walk past skirting boards several times a day without paying them much attention. It’s not until you actually need one for a renovation project that you start to think about what materials are used to make them. There are several options worth exploring before you make a decision, which we discuss.

How to Work Safely In The Loft
Dec 9th, 2020

How to Work Safely In The Loft

In this blog we’ve put together some health and safety considerations for those tradesmen who work on various loft and roof space projects. These projects could include loft conversions, repairs and access to household equipment in the loft – such as boilers, extraction fans, smoke detectors, power and data cables, and much more, cavity wall and loft insulation and even general DIY, household clearing and sprucing. Whatever the reason, it’s important to work safely in the loft and be aware of the dangers, here are a few safety issues we think you should consider...

How To Look After Your Garden In Winter
Dec 2nd, 2020

How To Look After Your Garden In Winter

Winter may be upon us, but this doesn’t mean that your garden should be neglected during these cold months. Take advantage of the winter months by caring for your garden and your plants. In this blog we share tips on ways you can look after your garden in the winter and ensure your garden is prepped for the upcoming spring season.

How To Care For Artificial Grass In Winter
Nov 25th, 2020

How to care for your artificial grass in winter

Artificial grass looks wonderful all year round and that’s why it’s so popular here in the UK. Whilst artificial grass is low maintenance, with extreme weather, you will have to maintain your grass to some extent, especially in the winter. In this blog we’re exploring and give you top tips on how to care for your artificial grass during the winter...

How Does Rain Affect Your Fencing and Preventing Damage
Nov 18 th, 2020

How Does Rain Affect Your Fencing

The impact of rain on fencing can be significant. Although most fences are designed to withstand weather conditions and last a long time, sometimes, rain can take its toll on your beautiful fencing. In this blog we explain how rain affects your fencing and ways you can prevent rain damage.

What To Consider When Planning A Driveway
Nov 11 th, 2020

What to consider when planning a driveway

Creating a paved driveway has become a popular choice for many homeowners in the UK. By updating or creating a new driveway, you can easily frame the outside of your home in the style that you want, make a change to the appearance of your home and also the functionality of the approach. In this blog we explore key factors you should consider when planning a new driveway...

What Are The Pros And Cons For Timber Fencing
Nov 4th, 2020

What are the pros and cons for timber fencing

The most popular and preferred material for fencing is timber. Wooden fencing has been around for centuries and is still the number one fencing choice for many households in the UK. So, what makes timber fencing so popular? In this blog we will explore the pros and cons of timber fencing...

How Best To Prepare Your Home To Avoid Drainage Problems This Winter
Oct 28 th, 2020

How best to prepare your home to avoid drainage problems this winter

As the temperature drops dramatically during the winter season and the cold starts to settle in, staying warm is our number one priority. But did you know that the cold weather can also have adverse effects on your pipes and drains? That's why, it's important to deal and check your drainage systems and pipes to avoid any unpleasant problems. Read on to explore our suggestions to help support your pipes and drains during the winter.

What's the Difference Between Green and Brown Timber
Oct 21 st, 2020

What's the Difference Between Green and Brown Timber

Timber is a type of wood that is used in various building, landscaping, gardening and carpentry projects and it is usually a key component for the job at hand. But have you ever wondered what is the difference between green and brown timber? In this blog we explore the key differences, treatment methods and maintenance...

How to Use Post Mix Concrete to Set Fence Posts
Oct 14 th, 2020

How to Use Post Mix Concrete

Post Mix is a very useful product and it is great to use in the garden to set gate and fence posts and a great base for paving and pathways. Used for many DIY tasks and industrial use, in this blog we explore what is post fix and how do you use it...

A Complete Guide To Decorative Fencing
Oct 7 th, 2020

A Guide to Decorative Fencing

Decorative fencing are fence panels constructed from all round timber and are designed to create a unique and stunning feature in your garden. In this blog, we will explore decorative fencing in further detail...

5 Alternative Ideas for Your Garden Shed
Sep 30 th, 2020

5 Alternative ideas for your garden shed

Traditionally garden sheds are used as a storage area, where most of your tools are stored and where the unwanted clutter ends up. Tradesmen and DIYers may also use their garden shed as a workshop area but generally it is used for bulk storage. In more recent times, garden sheds are being used for different kinds of purposes and in this blog we explore ideas on how you can use your shed.

Signs That It Is Time To Install A New Wooden Fence
Sep 16th, 2020

Signs that it is time to install a new Wooden Fence

Most traditional garden fencing is made to last, however there are times where simple maintenance and care just won’t cut the deal and you will have to replace, repair and even erect a new fence. In this blog, we explore key signs to look out for, which clearly shoutout that it’s time for a new fence...

Key Benefits of Pressure Treated Fencing
Sep 9th, 2020

Key Benefits of Using Pressure Treated Fencing

Investing in pressure treated fencing will enable you to have durable and long-lasting fencing in your garden. If you choose to purchase untreated fencing, you may find over time that it has become vulnerable to rot and insect attack. Pressure treated wood is the most common type of building material and is used for a variety of purposes. In this blog we explore the key advantages of opting for pressure treated fencing...

Garden Edging Ideas
Sep 2nd, 2020

Garden Edging Ideas

Garden edging is the perfect finishing touch for most gardens as it helps keep gardens looking professional, neat and tidy. Give your garden some character with the choice of wood, brick and stone options. In this blog we list our top four garden edging ideas to help give you some inspiration for your own garden…

What Height Should My Fence Be ?
Aug 26 th, 2020

A Guide to Agricultural Fencing

When erecting a new fence or replacing an old one, you should consider how high your fence should be. In this blog we explore various factors, which could determine what height you may keep your fencing such as privacy, location, legal matters and local rules and regulations.

Why Create A Raised Sleeper Bed
Aug 19 th, 2020

Why Create A Raised Sleeper Bed

Using railway sleepers to build raised sleeper beds are an excellent way of growing your own fruit and vegetables and even a wide range of plants. In this blog, were exploring the advantages and disadvantages of building a raised sleeper bed in your garden.

4 Essential Tools for Installing a Fence
Aug 12th, 2020

A Guide to Agricultural Fencing

When starting any DIY fence installation, you will find that there are many fencing tools you will need to ensure a strong and sturdy fence. But what are the most essential tools you need? Read on below to find our top 4 fencing tools picks, which we think can’t be missed...

Patio Ideas Using Natural Stone
Aug 5th, 2020

Patio Ideas Using Natural Stone

We love natural stone for patios or landscaping projects, it’s beautiful and you can create effortlessly stunning and unique patio landscapes. Selecting the right material for updating your existing patio or even creating a new patio is very important. In this blog, we will explore 4 patio ideas when using natural stone and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed...

A Guide to Agricultural Fencing
Jul 29th, 2020

A Guide to Agricultural Fencing

Agricultural fencing, which is also known as livestock fencing or rustic ranch is a type of fencing used to keep animals such as sheeps, horses, pigs and cattle in and out of a particular area. In this blog, we explore why it’s important to install this kind of fencing and what types of agricultural fencing is available to you.

How to Clean Artificial Grass
Jul 22nd, 2020

How to Clean Artificial Grass

There are many reasons why many people have started to choose artificial grass for their lawns and gardens. However, like all things artificial grass does need to a clean over once in a while to keep it looking fresh and healthy. Read our blog to find some beneficial artificial grass maintenance tips to help you keep your artificial grass looking green and healthy all year round.

Your Guide to Garden Buildings
Jun 24 th, 2020

Your Guide to Garden Buildings

Your garden is a place where you can enjoy the beauty of nature and somewhere to relax and refresh with your loved ones. To enjoy the natures beauty all year round, you should consider installing a garden building. A garden building is simply a structure built in your garden and there are many types of garden buildings available to you, so choosing the right one might be a hard choice. Read our blog below to find out more about the different types of garden buildings available and find out which type is right for you...

Hardwood or Softwood Garden Sleepers
Jul 8 th, 2020

Hardwood or Softwood Garden Sleepers

At Lawsons we stock a wide range of railway sleepers which can be used for many purposes around your garden. Our range includes reclaimed sleepers, softwood sleepers and hardwood sleepers. With a variety of choice, it might become difficult to decide which garden sleeper is best for the job in hand and thats why in this blog we explore the differences between hardwood and softwood sleepers and which one you should choose...

An Introduction to Gates
Jul 1at, 2020

An Introduction to Gates

Installing a gate in your garden or as part of your fencing can give your property further security and privacy while also ensuring your home and garden look great. But with many gate options available in timber and steel variants, which gate is right for your garden? Read our blog for a quick introduction to wooden and metal gates…

Are Fence Post Caps Necessary
Jun 24 th, 2020

Are fence post caps necessary

When erecting a fence, there are many materials involved such as fence panels, posts, gravel boards to name a few. Although, one material, which might get missed off the list are post caps. Many believe that the sole purpose of post caps is purely a decorative one; however in this blog we explore the real purpose of the post cap and its benefits...

How to Repair paving
Jun 17th, 2020

How to repair paving

Concrete is very durable, but you may find yourself in a situation where you need to repair some of your paving. Damaged paving can cause pavers to sink due to heavy use or ground movements and lead to rainwater collecting puddles in your sunken paving slabs. Read our blog to find out how you can best repair paving which has been damaged and keep them your paving clean.

Timber or Concrete Fence Posts
Jun 10th, 2020

Timber or Concrete Fence Posts

When erecting a fence, it’s important to use fence posts to help support and hold your fencing panels in place. There are many advantages and disadvantages of using either a wooden or concrete fence post and if you’re not sure which one to pick for your brand new fencing project, then have a read of this blog to help you decide whether you would go for wooden fence posts or concrete posts.

Why Choose Permeable Block Paving
Jun 3rd, 2020

Why choose Permeable Block Paving

In recent times, it has become more noticeable that more and more homeowners are opting to construct car parking areas within their properties and off the road. The desire to have driveways to park vehicles, does however come with potential environmental consequences.

Enhance Your Garden With Trellis Panels
May 27th, 2020

How to enhance your garden with Trellis Panels

Whatever the reason for installing trellis, it always looks great and to help you add trellis to your garden, we've written some DIY trellis installation methods for new fence panel and trellis installation or adding trellis to an existing fence, which anyone can use. Follow the link to read more.

How To Create A Pet Friendly Garden
May 20th, 2020

How to create a pet friendly garden

You’ve decided to include a beautiful patio or paved area within your garden to enjoy your summer days at home. However, with all DIY paving jobs, you will need to cut the paving slabs to fit the design you have in mind. There are many ways to cut paving slabs by hand, and in this blog, we will explore the top three methods used.

What Is A Gravel Board & How To Install
May 13th, 2020

What is a Gravel board and how to install

Is it essential to use a gravel board when installing a new fence is a common question we always get asked. The answer in short is yes, read on below to find out why it’s important to use a gravel board during your fence installation and how it can help to serve the longevity of your fencing.

Your Guide to Lap Fence Panels
May 6th, 2020

Everything you need to know about Lap Fence Panels

Lap fencing is one of the most popular types of fencing. It is constructed using wooden slats in a traditional, horizontal and partially overlapping design. This type of fencing is a stylish and cost effective way of providing security and privacy to your garden. Read on to learn more about lap fence panels and the many benefits they have to offer…

What is Composite Decking
Apr 29th, 2020

What is Composite Decking

Composite Decking has become very popular over the years in comparison to traditional timber decking. But exactly what is composite decking and why has it become a popular choice for many people? Read this blog to find out exactly why.

How To Install Trellis Panels
Apr 22nd, 2020

How to install Trellis Panels

Whatever the reason for installing trellis, it always looks great and to help you add trellis to your garden, we’ve written some DIY trellis installation methods for new fence panel and trellis installation or adding trellis to an existing fence, which anyone can use. Follow the link to read more.

Your Guide To Specialist Fencing
Apr 15th, 2020

Your guide to Specialist Fencing

Specialist fencing, as the name suggest is made to fulfil certain requirements of commercial and public fencing jobs. These fencing projects use specialist fencing for improved security, stock fencing for field boundaries and high-visibility contractor fencing for temporary use during construction. To broaden your understanding on our specialist fencing offering, read our guide before you determine which type you’ll need.

How To Cut Paving Slabs
Apr 8th, 2020

How to cut paving slabs

You’ve decided to include a beautiful patio or paved area within your garden to enjoy your summer days at home. However, with all DIY paving jobs, you will need to cut the paving slabs to fit the design you have in mind. There are many ways to cut paving slabs by hand, and in this blog, we will explore the top three methods used.

How To Install A Gate
Apr 1st, 2020

How to install a gate

Installing a garden gate into a fence can instantly enhance the appearance of your homes garden. Whatever the reason for your wooden gate installation, you need to ensure your gate functions smoothly (opens and shuts without a glitch), therefore it’s important you install your gate accurately. Read our step by step installation guide and have your wooden gate installed in no time.

Care And Cleaning For Your Decking
Mar 25th, 2020

Care and Cleaning for your Decking

Although composite decking is a great low-maintenance option for your outdoor spaces, it still requires occasional cleaning in order to keep it looking at its best. The good news is that cleaning your composite decking couldn’t be easier. We recommend either purchasing a composite decking solution, or using hot and soapy water with a soft bristle brush. Read on for some more helpful tips on how to care and clean your composite decking.

How Deep Do I Need To Dig My Fence Post?
Mar 18th, 2020

How deep do I need to dig my Fence Post?

How deep should I install my fence post into the ground? A common question which we get asked all the time and why weve teamed up with our experts to give you advice on the matter. Read this article on how deep you need to dig your fence post to ensure longevity and durability of your fencing and what post you should purchase for your fencing project.

What Types Of Railway Sleepers Are There?
Mar 11th, 2020

What types of Railway Sleepers are there?

We love Railway Sleepers, they are beautiful, versatile, come in various shapes and forms and have over the years become immensely popular among landscape architects, gardeners and even furniture designs. Read our blog to find out what kind of railway sleepers are available to you and to help you make a more informed decision before purchasing.

How Do You Install A Fence?
Mar 4th, 2020

How to install a fence?

Fencing your garden has become a popular option for those looking to enjoy their outdoor living space privately and can also enhance the aesthetics of your contemporary garden. However, installing a wooden fence can be quite a challenging task, so why not read our fence installation guide and enjoy your all-new garden fence.

When is the best time of the year to install a new fence?
Feb 26th, 2020

When is the best time of the year to install a new fence

It’s important to consider when is the best time of the year to install a new fence, because planning ahead ‘when’ you begin will make your fencing easier. Continue reading our blog to find out peak times and not so peak times to carry out a fencing task.

What are the different types of Artificial Grass and why should you consider?
Feb 19th, 2020

What are the different types of Artificial Grass and why should you consider

Artificial grass is a synthetic grass and has become a popular choice for many individuals over the years. With so many artificial grass options available, it can be overwhelming on choosing the right type for your garden. Read our blog to understand the different kinds to suit your requirements.

Understanding Fencing Terms
Feb 12th, 2020

How to use Rock Salt

We understand putting up a fence is no easy task. What’s more is if you’re putting up a fence for the first time, you might want to get familiar with the technical fencing terms before purchasing. If you’ve decided to begin a fencing project then read our handy fencing guide to aid you.

Garden Trends for 2020 
Feb 5th, 2020

Garden Trends for 2020

Over the last decade we have seen gardening rise in popularity, with many homeowners taking a great degree of interest in improving their backyard for a more enjoyable and comfortable home living space. Whether you’re looking to renovate your garden or complete those gardening jobs you planned years ago, read our blog to explore what we expect will be hot for gardens trends this year.

4 Key Questions to Ask Your Underfloor Heating Supplier
Jan 29th, 2020

4 Key Questions to Ask Your Underfloor Heating Supplier

Underfloor heating systems are rapidly growing in popularity throughout the UK. To ensure you’re using a provider who not only supplies quality products but can offer knowledgeable advice, be sure to ask the following questions to your underfloor heating supplier. Click read more to continue reading this article.

Electric Underfloor Heating - Why you should consider it
Jan 22nd, 2020

Why Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating offers an alternative to traditional radiators and continues to become a popular feature for many homeowners across the UK. As individuals, we strive for more convenience in our lives and the decision to install underfloor heating into our modern homes prevails. Read our blog to understand the key benefits of electric underfloor hearting.

Why should you consider Oak Doors?
Jan 15 th, 2020

Why should you consider Oak Internal Doors?

Oak doors are timeless and always look good - treated or untreated. In its natural form, oak comes in a variety of shades, which means you can pick a colour that compliments your home without too much trouble. In this blog, we explore exactly why oak doors are so popular and why should you consider them.

How to use Rock Salt effectively
Jan 8 th, 2020

How to use Rock Salt

As winter prevails and temperatures drop below zero, roads and driveways become icy and hazardous for both humans and motors. When weather conditions have the potential to become so severe, its always practical to take precautions to avoid icy conditions in your driveways.

Top Tips for Draught Proofing your Home
Dec 20, 2019

Top Tips for Draught Proofing your Home

Draught proofing your house is an effective way to keep your home warm and cosy throughout the winter, plus it can also help to reduce your heating bills

How to Prepare Your Shed for Winter
Dec 18, 2019

How to Prepare Your Shed for Winter

Garden sheds are built to be durable, strong and long lasting, which means they usually require very little maintenance. However, there are some really easy ways to care for your shed, which will protect it from the harsh winter weather and help to enhance its lifespan.

Tips & Tricks for Laying Paving Slabs
Dec 11, 2019

Tips & Tricks for Laying Paving Slabs

If you are planning a DIY project using paving slabs, such as a new patio, garden path or driveway, you might want to take note of a few of these handy tips and tricks before you begin.

How to Choose the Right Paint for Your Home
Dec 04, 2019

How to Choose the Right Paint for Your Home

A fresh lick of paint can breathe new life into your home but choosing the right paint to do it with can be somewhat perplexing. Creating a beautiful home should be simple not stressful, so luckily we’re here to help.

3 Brick Garden Wall Ideas
Nov 19, 2019

3 Brick Garden Wall Ideas

Adding a brick wall to your garden is a great way to incorporate the style of your property into your outdoor space. Brick walls are also ideal for adding decoration, improving security and increasing privacy. There are many different ways you can use brickwork to enhance your garden. To help give you a little inspiration, here are our three favourite brick garden wall ideas.

Why Choose Velux Windows?
Nov 13, 2019

Why Choose Velux Windows?

Velux are a favourite provider of roof windows around the world. Their innovative designs help to create bright, healthy and energy-efficient homes. Whether you are adding a loft conversion or an extension to your home, Velux windows are a great way to add more daylight to an interior space.

5 Top Tips to Prepare Your Garden Fence for Winter
Nov 06, 2019

5 Top Tips to Prepare Your Garden Fence for Winter

Autumn is well underway; darkness is drawing in sooner and the weather is getting colder. Leaves are falling and although the colours might be beautiful, some DIY is in order. Without adequate preparation, the harsher weather conditions that start making an appearance as we transition into winter will wreak havoc on various aspects of your garden, such as your wooden fence.

The Benefits of Decorative Chippings
Oct 30, 2019

The Benefits of Decorative Chippings

Decorative chippings are ideal for footpaths and driveways as well as enhancing planting areas giving a contemporary look to any garden design. With so many different types of decorative chippings available, you will want to make sure that you find the right option suitable for you; whether it be bark chippings, slate chippings, granite chippings, pebble chippings or a whole host of other possibilities! As well as decorative chippings looking great, they also have a range of other benefits

The Benefits of Foil Insulation
Oct 23, 2019

The Benefits of Foil Insulation

Foil insulation is an ideal product to use in a new build, conversion work or renovation project, because it is convenient, long lasting and cost effective.

How to Use Topsoil for Winter
Oct 16, 2019

How to Use Topsoil for Winter

Winter is coming! This means shorter days, dropping temperatures and less time out enjoying our gardens. However, at this time of year, it is important to prepare your garden as best you can for the frosty weather ahead. One of the best ways to do this is by spreading a final layer of topsoil over your lawn.

3 Decorative Landscaping Ideas
Oct 09, 2019

3 Decorative Landscaping Ideas

Whether your garden is the size of a postage stamp or consists of acres of lawn and flower beds, most homeowners are keen to ensure that their plot of land looks beautiful. Landscaping can be intimidating to some people; if you’re not an experienced gardener, then it can be tricky to know where to begin.

How to Insulate Your Home
Oct 2, 2019

How to Insulate Your Home

Around half of all your heat can escape if your home is not properly insulated. Instead of turning up the thermostat, get insulated! Below is a guide to some products you can use to help insulate your home, saving you hundreds on your energy bills, as well as an environmentally –friendly solution that reduces your home’s impact on the environment.

3 Decorative Chipping Landscaping Ideas
Sep 25, 2019

3 Decorative Chipping Landscaping Ideas

Decorative chippings are a popular landscaping material. They are ideal for footpaths, driveways and flower beds and can help to create a contemporary look to any outdoor space. If you are looking for inspiration on how to use decorative aggregates around your home, we’ve put together three ideas below to inspire you…

5 Benefits of Foil Insulation
Sep 18, 2019

5 Benefits of Foil Insulation

Foil insulation is sometimes overlooked in the UK as the tendency has been traditionally towards rock wool or glass fibre insulation. Some people are unsure about its benefits and many don’t look beyond the most common types of insulation.

How to Fix Problems with Internal Doors
Sep 11, 2019

How to Fix Problems with Internal Doors

The internal doors in your home have a big impact on the overall aesthetic of the room. Not only that, they are also there to provide a level of insulation and draught reduction, thus playing a major role in how comfortable your home is. You can find a range internal doors here at Lawsons including Deanta Oak doors, Fire Doors, Panel Doors, Ply Flush Doors and Door Blanks to suit the surroundings of your home and cater for your project requirements.

How to Use a Ladder Safely?
Sep 4, 2019

How to Use a Ladder Safely?

Ladders are great when working on low-risk, quick tasks but precautions should be taken to guarantee your safety. There are different types of ladders such as stepladders, loft ladders, roof ladders, combination & extension ladders to name a few, so make sure you’re using the correct one to avoid unnecessary risk.

How to Build a Retaining Brick Wall
Aug 29, 2019

How to Build a Retaining Brick Wall

Retaining walls have many usages; as well as being a great way to help with erosion and water drainage they also create a beautiful usable garden space. And thanks to interlocking, stackable blocks, projects can be completed quickly.

5 Top Tips to Maintain Your Garden Paving 
Aug 21, 2019

5 Top Tips to Maintain Your Garden Paving

Paving is the perfect way to increase kerb appeal, extend the use of your garden, or to just create an attractive edge around your lawn. We stock a huge range of paving options, including: driveway block paving, decorative paving, natural stone paving, council slabs and a full range of accessories to finish off the look you are after!

How Can I Make my Fence Stronger?
Aug 14, 2019

Stronger Fence

Maintaining your garden fence is extremely important. For starters, it is your main line of outdoor security against potential intruders. Your fence can also offer great protection against the effects of the weather as well as being an aesthetically pleasing garden feature.

Top Tips for a Weed Free Garden
Aug 07, 2019

Top Tips for a Weed Free Garden

Anyone who has spent time gardening or landscaping will understand just how irritating weeds can be! Spending long periods of time can be tedious, time consuming and a lot of hard work. So what is the best way to get rid of weeds from our gardens? Read our list of top tips to help keep your garden in perfect condition this summer!

How to Landscape Your Garden on a Budget
Jul 24, 2019

How to Landscape Your Garden on a Budget

Landscaping on a budget doesn’t mean you have to settle for anything less than perfect, it just means you have to be a little more creative with your options. Where saving money is concerned, it’s often better to think about how you can work with what you’ve already got, rather than buying everything new. For example, if your fence is looking a little worse for wear, you might want to give it a fresh lick of paint or replace some of the panels, rather than the whole thing.

Why Treating Fence Panels is so Important
Jul 17, 2019

Why Treating Fence Panels is so Important

Summer is the perfect time of year to get outside and give your garden some TLC. Treating your fence panels should be one of the chores on your list of things to do; your fence needs just as much care and attention as anything else in the garden, especially if you want it to last for a long time. If you look after your fence now, you’ll save money in the future that would have otherwise gone on repairs and replacement.

How to Treat Railway Sleepers
Jul 10, 2019

How to Treat Railway Sleepers

Railway sleepers are a very popular garden landscaping material because they are attractive, hard-wearing and very versatile. They can be used to build retaining walls, garden borders and even benches. Wooden railway sleepers offer durability and a natural rustic look to any outdoor space, however, like your garden fence they do require some maintenance to help protect them from the elements.

3 Reasons to Choose MDF Skirting Boards
Jul 3, 2019

Wood or MDF Skirting Boards?

MDF or medium-density fibreboard is a man-made wood product, which is made by combining hardwood and softwood fibres with wax and a resin binder. This process means that MDF is not only a very strong and durable building material, but it also offers a beautifully smooth finish that is free from any natural defects. These key attributes make MDF one of the most popular materials for skirting boards and architrave.

Landscaping Ideas for Gardens with No Grass
Jun 27, 2019

Landscaping Ideas for Gardens with No Grass

While well-kept lawns are undeniably beautiful (and a must-have for many) they can also be quite high maintenance. Lots of gardens these days don’t actually have a lawn, leaving homeowners to be creative with their landscaping. You may be wondering how you can landscape a garden that has no grass? Read on for some ideas.

How Tradesmen Can Improve their Efficiency
June 19, 2019

How Tradesmen Can Improve their Efficiency

Nobody can afford to be unproductive at work, but especially not when you work for yourself. As a tradesman, making the most of every minute is crucial because it will prevent you from potentially losing money or having to deal with problems further down the line. Here are some tips for becoming more efficient as a tradesman.

Wood or MDF Skirting Boards?
Jun 12, 2019

Wood or MDF Skirting Boards?

We walk past skirting boards several times a day without paying them much attention. It’s not until you actually need one for a renovation project that you start to think about what materials are used to make them. There are several options worth exploring before you make a decision.

How to Fit Hinges, Bolts and Latches to Your Gates and Doors
Jun 05, 2019

How to Fit Hinges, Bolts and Latches to Your Gates and Doors

Proper installation of your garden gate and door furniture will ensure that they open and close efficiently, and remain safe and secure for years to come. To help you to successfully fit hinges, bolts and latches to your gates and doors, here’s our useful guide...

4 Things Every Tradesman Can Relate To
May 29, 2019

4 Things Every Tradesman Can Relate To

Not everyone is cut out to be a successful tradesman; it takes a particular set of skills, an extremely strong work ethic and sometimes even a thick skin! We speak to lots of tradesmen day in and day out and have noticed some common things that they can all relate to. From being asked for a left handed screw driver to the weather app being your new best friend we have collated a list of 4 things that every tradesman can relate to!

Landscape Garden Ideas for a Small Space
May 22, 2019

Landscape Garden Ideas for a Small Space

You don’t need a huge space to create a beautiful garden. Small gardens have a number of great benefits, including the fact that they are nice and easy to maintain!

Ideas for Using Railway Sleepers in Your Garden
May 15, 2019

Ideas for Using Railway Sleepers in Your Garden

Railway sleepers are a very popular garden building material and we are seeing them used more and more in modern landscaping designs. Sleepers are such a popular choice among gardeners because they are attractive, hard-wearing and very versatile.…

How to Ensure Your Decking is Safe
May 01, 2019

How to Ensure Your Decking is Safe

In light of May being Deck Safety Month, we here at Lawsons wanted to take the opportunity to give you some advice about your decking so that you stay safe over summer. They say that if your deck is over 30 years old, you should definitely be concerned. So, here are some things you should look out for next time you're out doing some garden maintenance…

How Can Your Garden Boost Your Property Value
Apr 24, 2019

How Can Your Garden Boost Your Property Value

Before selling a home, many people tend to focus on sprucing up the property to increase its value. Tasks involve decluttering, cleaning and even a fresh coat of paint. However, many homeowners tend to forget about the garden, which is unfortunate since it gives potential buyers their first impression. Now that the last of the winter frost seems to be on its way out, it’s a great opportunity for you to get outdoors and smarten up your garden.

The Benefits of Composite Decking
Apr 11, 2019

The Benefits of Composite Decking

Composite decking is an excellent, low maintenance alternative to timber and continues to increase in popularity amongst landscape designers and homeowners, due to its stylish designs and durability. If you are considering decking an area of your outdoor space, here is a list of reasons why composite decking could be your perfect solution…

What Fencing Accessories do I Need?
Apr 03, 2019

What Fencing Accessories do I Need?

Fencing accessories are an essential part of any fence building project or repair. When bad weather causes damage to your fence panels or posts, it is important to repair them as soon as possible to prevent the damage from affecting the rest of the fence…

3 Business Tips for Landscape Gardeners
Mar 27, 2019

3 Business Tips for Landscape Gardeners

If you work for yourself as a landscape gardener, there are lots of things to think about to make sure it is a successful venture. The great thing about landscape gardening is you don’t need any qualifications, just register with HMRC and away you go. However, although you might be fantastic in the garden, you need to be able to understand a little bit about how to run a business.

The Importance of a Proper Drainage System
Mar 20, 2019

The Importance of a Proper Drainage System

We all know that water can actually destroy a building, or at least cause some chaos. It can lead to damp and mould, cause a burst pipe or damage a ceiling when there’s a leak. What you may not know, however, is that water can also wreak havoc from the outside of a building, not just on the inside. With that said it’s important to pay attention to any drainage issues and properly maintain the drainage system on the property.

Different Types of Screws & Their Uses
Mar 13, 2019

Different Types of Screws & Their Uses

Only the pros will know that there are a variety of different types of screws, each with a unique purpose. Using screws incorrectly can lead to loose screws or snapping screw heads, amongst other issues. More often than not, the name of the screw can give the game away, but for the beginners, we want to help you get to grips with some of the basic types of screws and their applications:

3 Ways a Decorative Fence Can Enhance a Garden
Mar 07, 2019

3 Ways a Decorative Fence Can Enhance a Garden

Decorative fencing is not only a great way to add some security and privacy, but it can also improve the aesthetics of your garden and help to create an attractive landscape design. There are many types of decorative fencing styles available in a variety of sizes, so you will be sure to find a type of decorative garden fencing to suit your home. To help you choose we take a look at three of our top selling fencing styles and explain how each one can enhance your garden…

5 Landscaping and Garden Design Trends for 2019
Feb 27, 2019

5 Landscaping and Garden Design Trends for 2019

If you’re planning a complete garden re-design or simply want to freshen things up, one of the best places to start is to learn about some of the hottest trends in gardening and landscaping. To help give you some inspiration, we’ve done all the research, so that we can share the top trends that gardening enthusiasts and designers think will make it big in 2019…

What Plastering Tools do I Need?
Feb 20, 2019

What Plastering Tools do I Need?

Plastering is a skill and requires a steady hand. If you have a plastering job on your to-do list, having the correct tools will help you to get the job done as efficiently and quickly as possible.

What Insulation to Use?
Feb 13, 2019

What Insulation to Use?

Insulation is used in buildings to prevent and reduce heat loss. By preventing heat loss you can greatly reduce the amount of gas and electricity you use, which can be very cost effective.

What is CT1 Sealant and what makes it unique?
Feb 2, 2019

What is CT1 Sealant and what makes it unique?

CT1 was created by C-TEC who specialise in the development of indoor and outdoor, sealing and bonding products. After extensive research C-TEC established that the market required a flexible and odourless sealant that could, not only be applied to wet and underwater surfaces, but also resist fungal growth and refrain from shrinkage.

Our Guide to Building Your Brand as a Tradesman
Jan 30, 2019

Our Guide to Building Your Brand as a Tradesman

If you want to make money and keep your business running, it’s important that you build your brand and keep the clients rolling in. But what will influence people to hire you as opposed to other tradesmen? What actions can you take to give your business the boost it deserves? We’re here to answer your questions and give you some useful tips to help you build your brand.

Our Basic Tips for Installing Trellis
Jan 24, 2019

Our Basic Tips for Installing Trellis

Trellis has a variety of applications in a garden. It can hide unattractive areas, like a compost heap; provide support for climbing plants; add height to an prevailing fence; or act as a partition between yours and your neighbour’s gardens. Depending on its purpose, there are different ways to install trellis and the process is fairly simple, even if you’re a novice.

3 Legal Considerations for Every Trade Business Owner
Jan 18, 2019

3 Legal Considerations for Every Trade Business Owner

As a trade business owner, it’s important that you know your legal obligations. Although this can be a time consuming task, it’s worth it if you want to stay on the right side of the law. To make things a little easier for you, we have put together a little list of some major legalities you should consider.

Important Advice: Installing Trex Decking
Jan 11, 2019

Important Advice: Installing Trex Decking

Trex decking is renowned for its stunning aesthetics, durability and simple maintenance. In fact, Trex has been crowned the number 1 decking brand, helping homeowners create a striking garden sanctuary. If you have a landscaping project on the horizon and you’re planning to install Trex decking, you might find the following advice helpful.

Fail Proof Gift Guide for Tradesmen
Dec 17, 2018

Fail Proof Gift Guide for Tradesmen

With Christmas just around the corner, you might be looking for some inspiration on what to buy for a tradesman. We’re here to help, and have an extensive variety of options to choose from, so get your wrapping paper ready!

Fight the freeze – How to keep warm on site this winter
Dec 10, 2018

Fight the freeze – How to keep warm on site this winter

Temperatures can drop to below freezing during the winter months so it is always best to do what we can to prepare and to stay warm. The winter season can be particularly uncomfortable for those that work outside on site such as builders or landscapers. With this in mind we have collated 4 top tips to keep warm on site this winter.

Why should I choose picket fencing for my front garden?
Dec 03, 2018

Why should I choose picket fencing for my front garden?

When you hear the term white picket fence it can conjure up thoughts and images of an all American family from the 50’s living in a big house with 2.5 children and a dog. Picket fences are however still standing strong and today they are still one of the most popular options for fencing a front garden

Do you need your neighbour’s permission to replace a fence?
Nov 27, 2018

Do you need your neighbour’s permission to replace a fence?

One of the first questions you may have when you’re thinking of replacing a fence is whether or not to speak to your neighbours first? It is always courteous to let your neighbours know of any work you plan to carry out in your garden, especially if that work involves a sudden gap in the fence!

3 Ideas for Using Railway Sleepers in the Garden
Nov 16, 2018

3 Ideas for Using Railway Sleepers in the Garden

There are so many great ways to use railway sleepers in your garden and the results are not only visually pleasing, but can also be very cost effective. Their natural colours and long, wide structures make them the perfect feature material for landscaping as well as building garden furniture.

How to Safely Remove Ice & Snow from your Decking
Oct 2, 2018

How to Safely Remove Ice & Snow from your Decking

If you want to use your decking area throughout the winter, or you need to access your garden via your decking, then you will need to prevent it from becoming icy and dangerous throughout the winter months.

Behind the Brand: All About Axus
Sep 19, 2018

All About Axus

Here at Lawsons we stock a variety of the top, specialist, decorating brands including a new range by Axus Décor. These quality products were designed and created using the suggestions and opinions from decorators who visited their North-West London retail store. Through this direct customer interaction they were able to learn exactly what decorators needed from their tools.

Get to Know the Brand: Olfa – World Famous Tools
Sep 13, 2018

Olfa Tools

We are excited to introduce you to our new range of the world famous Olfa hand tools. Renowned for their high quality, efficiency and durability; Olfa maintain a commitment in providing high class, premium products.

Our Tips for Removing Wallpaper
Sep 05, 2018

Our Tips for Removing Wallpaper

If you’re embarking on a redecorating project, you might need to remove some outdated wallpaper. Unfortunately, this isn’t the nicest job in the world; it’s messy and time-consuming. It will certainly all feel worth it in the long run! Follow our tips to find out how to effectively remove your wallpaper so as not to cause any damage to the walls underneath.

How to Choose the Perfect Decorating Roller
Aug 22, 2018

How to Choose the Perfect Decorating Roller

When painting a large surface, rollers are a lot more efficient than brushes, and they’ll help you complete the job a lot faster.

8 Products Every Decorator Needs
Aug 17, 2018

8 Products Every Decorator Needs

We have the tools to help you get the job done! Whether you’re removing old wallpaper or applying a fresh coat of paint, the tools you use can make or break the look.

Five Simple Ways to Sound Proof Your Home.
Jul 23, 2018

Five Simple Ways to Sound Proof Your Home.

Fixing squeaky floorboards can be a quick noise relief! If you are unable to replace the nuisance boards, you can try re-securing them or using a filler.

Bathroom Tiling – The Do’s & Don’ts
Jul 20, 2018

Bathroom Tiling – The Do’s & Don’ts

We’ve put together a helpful list of things to consider before starting any bathroom tiling project…

Top 5 Benefits of a Garden Fence
Jul 18, 2018

Top 5 Benefits of a Garden Fence

Fences are usually installed with a particular purpose in mind, but actually have many uses and benefits. We wanted to share what we think the top five benefits of fencing are, to give you a guide when choosing and to really highlight what a great investment it can be.

How Artificial Grass Can Help with Hay Fever
Jul 12, 2018

Top 4 Tips for Upgrading Your Decking

While installing artificial grass won’t actually cure your hay fever, it will certainly help to reduce your exposure to grass pollen in your garden. This will make it easier to sit out and enjoy that sunshine during BBQ season, without the unpleasant symptoms.

Garden Fence and Gate Ideas
Jul 5, 2018

Garden Fence and Gate Ideas

With so many varieties of garden gates and fence panels, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for your home. Not only are gates and fencing used to secure a space or mark boundaries, but they are also an important feature for framing your garden. To help inspire you, we have put together a few of our favourite garden gate and fencing styles

Top 5 Garden Storage Ideas
Jul 4, 2018

Top 5 Garden Storage Ideas

Sometimes a standard shed just isn’t enough for all your garden needs – that’s why we have put together our five favourite garden storage options; all of which will keep your garden organised and your belongings safe and easy to find throughout the year.

Top 4 Tips for Upgrading Your Decking
Jun 29, 2018

Top 4 Tips for Upgrading Your Decking

If your decking needs a little TLC, here are our top tips on what you can do to help it look its best and protect it from the elements.

Make a Traditional Stepping Stone Path
Jun 27, 2018

Make a Traditional Stepping Stone Path

Once upon a time, stepping stone paths were seen as a bit passé; the sort of garden feature which rose to popularity in the 1950s and 60s only to plummet into the depths of ‘naff’ once things got a little more streamlined and contemporary in the 1990s.

Garden Path and Patio Ideas
Jun 22, 2018

Garden Path and Patio Ideas

Give your outdoor space a new stylish edge by plotting in a patio or weaving in a walkway. It's a good idea to try and match your pathway to your patio paving. This will allow the same style and design to flow throughout your garden, bringing all the landscaping elements together.

The Tricky Business of Rules and Regulations
Jun 21, 2018

The Tricky Business of Rules and Regulations

Making some home improvements isn’t always quite as straightforward as you might hope. You may already be aware of the rules and regulations with regard to bigger changes to a property such as extensions or loft conversions, but you might not know that sometimes, even seemingly small changes need. Some issues which you might need to consider include;

Is your toolbox topped up for summer?
Jun 15, 2018

Is your toolbox topped up for summer?

These five toolbox essentials are our top pick to help builders or DIY enthusiasts tackle their heavier workloads across the summer season…

Easy DIY Updates for Your Home This Summer
Jun 13, 2018

Easy DIY Updates for Your Home This Summer

There comes a time when you look around your home and everything seems a little bit tired, shabby or faded. Often, it’s during the first flush of spring that people begin to notice their home is in need of some extra TLC. This of course is down to the change in light.

How to make a retaining wall with railway sleepers
Jun 08, 2018

How to make a retaining wall with railway sleepers

Wooden railway sleepers are an excellent alternative to bricks or concrete for building retaining walls in your garden. Not only do they look beautiful, but they are often a much more affordable option.

How to Lay a Garden Path
Jun 05, 2018

How to Lay a Garden Path

A garden path is something that is often overlooked, but there is actually a huge amount of potential when it comes to planning a pathway. If you have decided to add a path to your garden then there are lots of things to take into consideration….

Are You Considering Railway Sleepers in your Garden Makeover?
May 31, 2018

Are You Considering Railway Sleepers in your Garden Makeover?

Garden design is currently more innovative and creative than it’s ever been before. Thanks to a huge interest in gardening programmes on television, more and more people are realising that they can self-design an amazing space in their own gardens and also that the materials necessary are readily available.

How to Choose a Kennel for Your Dog
May 16, 2018

IHow to Choose a Kennel for Your Dog

Choosing the right kennel for your dog can be a little more complicated than people think. There are size requirements laid out by the RSPCA, as well as further practical considerations. However, once your kennel is up and running it’ll provide a shelter and a safe space for your dog out in one of their favourite parts of the house.

How Are Fences Treated?
May 5, 2018

How to Treat Fences

Timber has been used outdoors for millennia – it’s an eco-friendly, durable, and versatile material that can be used for everything from decking, fencing, and sleepers through to general furniture and garden accessories.

Why Install Porcelain Paving?
May 03, 2018

Why Install Porcelain Paving?

Porcelain is a new and modern alternative to natural stone paving, which can be used both inside and outside the home if you’d like a robust, hard-wearing surface that’s beautiful too.

How to Install Composite Decking
Apr 25, 2018

How to Install Composite Decking

Composite decking is the low-maintenance alternative to timber – you don’t need to sand and seal your deck regularly and you can even still enjoy the look of timber, depending which type of decking boards you go for. You can install your new deck yourself if you’re relatively comfortable with DIY – it’s a great project for sunny days in the garden.

How to Get More Construction Clients Online
Apr 19, 2018

How to Get More Construction Clients Online

Any business consistently wants to gain more clients, but many construction professionals aren’t making the most of their online presence. There are plenty of ways to gain more clients without having to spend a lot of money on advertising or promotion

How to Repaint Your Timber Windows
Mar 29, 2018

How to Repaint Your Timber Windows

In order to keep your timber window frames looking good as well as watertight, you will need to ensure that they’re regularly repainted or stained. You can really uplift the look of a home with a fresh coat of paint; if you want to really make a splash, choose a heritage shade rather than the usual cream, grey or white. Antique greens and blues look especially stylish and work in new or older homes.

Is That Allowed? Sheds, Cabins and Planning Permission in the UK
Mar 22, 2018

Is That Allowed? Sheds, Cabins and Planning Permission in the UK

The best way to approach any new outbuilding which you’re thinking of adding to your property is like this: if you think you have to ask then make sure you do. Any significant change to your property’s exterior or interior should always be run past the appropriate authority.

Work from Home in Style
Mar 14, 2018

Work from Home in Style

The number of people in the UK who work from home has increased in recent years to reach record highs. In 2016 there were an estimated 1.5 million people listed as working from home…which is a huge leap from the 241,000 that were listed in 2006.

Making Space for Adult Kids at Home
Mar 07, 2018

Making Space for Adult Kids at Home

It’s a bit of a contentious issue for some people; kids who don’t leave home or indeed, kids who do leave home, attend university, maybe have a year’s travel and then return to the loving fold of their Mum and Dad’s house to ‘save up’ or even just ‘to recover’.

City Gardens: Making the Most of Your Space
Mar 1, 2018

City Gardens

City living has many advantages but lots of outdoor space isn’t one of them. However, many homeowners are happy to forgo the joys of mowing their own lawn for the convenience of living close to shops, theatres, cafes and work.

How to Revamp a Fireplace
Feb 07, 2018

how to revamp a fireplace

During the 50s, 60s, and even the 70s there was an unfortunate trend in home decoration which resulted in many beautiful and original fireplaces being ripped out.

Maintenance Restoration and Repair in Heritage Properties
Jan 25, 2018

Maintenance Restoration and Repair in Heritage Properties

If you are lucky enough to live in a heritage property, then you will be only too aware of some of the drawbacks to living in older houses. Creaky floors, draughty doors and windows and dodgy wiring being just a few.

Do It Yourself Landscaping
Jan 19, 2018

Do It Yourself Landscaping

Gardening can be intimidating if you’re not an experienced horticulturist and let’s face it, not many people are. That doesn’t change the fact that gardening is one of the most satisfying and healthy hobbies out there and many people would love to get involved in the beautification of their garden.

How to Fit New Shelves
Jan 11, 2018

how to fit new shelves

If you’re trying to declutter or just revamp your home in the New Year, you may want to install some new shelving throughout your home. Shelves are incredibly easy to fit and you can even make your own from timber rather than buying sets. Here are some of the basic types of shelf and how to fit them.

Declutter Your Home with Better Storage
Jan 5, 2018

declutter your home with better storage

Every Christmas you accumulate even more stuff, so January’s the perfect time to start decluttering and finding homes for all of your new presents. You can effectively organise your home quickly with just a few new storage options.

3 Easy Wall Decorations
Dec 20, 2017

Wallpaper Samples

Finding good wall decorations can be difficult – especially if you want something unique – so why not make them yourself. It takes surprisingly little time and skill to make beautiful wall decorations that suit your home and family – you just need a little patience and a plan for what you want to do. Here are 3 of our favourites from around the web.

How to Build a DIY Window Seat
Dec 6, 2017

Wood Flooring

Bay windows offer the perfect space for a window seat, whether you want a quiet reading nook or just some more storage. It’s a great way to use the additional space that bay windows offer, which is often just wasted. The structures you need to create for a sturdy window seat are fairly simple but cutting out some of the angles may be more challenging, especially if you don’t have a mitre saw.

How to Update Your Staircase
Dec 1, 2017

Wood Flooring

Decorating your staircase may not be one of your biggest DIY priorities, but you can make a huge difference to the feel of your hallway and home in general by updating it. Anything from replacing some parts or adding a lick of paint, through to adding decorative touches, can help you keep your home looking fresh.

How to Make Your Own Desk: 4 Ideas for Any Space
Nov 22, 2017

Wood Flooring

It can be surprisingly difficult to find a good desk that fits your home, needs, and budget, but very few people consider making their own. You can make anything from a single desk top through to corner desks using timber or sheet materials. Take a look at these ideas for a little inspiration, and click through to the instructions if you find something you like.

How to Use Your Summerhouse in Winter
Nov 15, 2017

Garden Buildings

Due to the name, people tend to associate summerhouses with, well, summertime. But you can get plenty of use out of summerhouses or log cabins when it gets cold, especially when it’s dry. You just need to make some small adjustments to make the space warm and cosy, and you can enjoy a calm, quiet spot to read, think, or spend time with friends.

How to Build 4 Hallway Benches and Organisers
Nov 08, 2017

Wood Flooring

Winter means your family will be wearing far more boots and coats, and it doesn’t take long for your hallway to look messy and disorganised (especially with kids leaving school and sports bags lying around too). Here are a few ideas to upgrade and update your hallway while giving them somewhere to store shoes, trainers, boots, bags, and coats.

10 Beautiful Plywood Projects for Your Home
Nov 2, 2017

Wood Flooring

Plywood is a fantastic material for practically any application – you can make flooring, create furniture, or use it as a base for hundreds of different DIY projects. Here are a few of our favourite plywood projects from around the web.

Why You Should Install Artificial Grass This Autumn
Oct 25, 2017

Artificial Grass

Now that the warm weather is dying down (or disappeared long ago but we hold out hope), most people turn their attention to the interior of their homes rather than their gardens, but it’s actually the perfect time to make some upgrades outdoors. You can still enjoy many of the benefits of artificial grass, even if you’re not spending most of your time outside.

5 Back to School Home Improvements
Oct 19, 2017

Wood Flooring

Now that the kids are back to school and the weather is getting colder, you may be spending more time at home, making it the perfect opportunity to make time for some of the home improvements you’ve needed for a while. Here are a few ideas for some autumn improvements to help with a more harmonious family life or just to update your look.

How to Care for Your Decking in Autumn and Winter
Oct 11, 2017

Garden Decking

After enjoying your decking throughout summer, autumn is the perfect time to do some additional maintenance before the cold weather sets in. Whether you have a timber or a composite deck, it’s important to do some annual maintenance to keep it looking good and ensuring that it lasts for as long as possible. Here are some items to add to your gardening to do list over the next few weeks.

Choosing the Right Agricultural Fencing
Oct 4, 2017

Fence Panels

Agricultural fencing is found throughout the UK, to keep animals in their designated fields or keep humans from walking through fields and crops. The type that you require depends on your type of livestock and security concerns, so it’s important to choose the right type of fencing to avoid losing animals.

Plywood Flooring Can Be Cheap, Simple, and Beautiful
Sep 27, 2017

Wood Flooring

Plywood has often been seen as a cheap material, and therefore dismissed when it comes to more visible areas such as flooring or furniture. However, the full potential of plywood is being realised – it’s a cheap, attractive, and incredibly versatile material that can be used bare (if you like the look) or painted and stained to look like something else entirely. That’s why plywood flooring is catching on – it’s easy to install, offers rustic chic, and is considerably cheaper than solid wood flooring.

How to Install Wooden Cladding
Sep 20, 2017

Wood Flooring

Once you have chosen and bought your wooden cladding, you may be considering whether it’s a DIY job or time to call in the professionals. You will need to have some experience with DIY projects to successfully and safely install your wooden cladding, but it can definitely be taken on by more seasoned home improvers.

3 Uses for Landscape Fabric
Sep 09, 2017

Garden Patio

Landscape fabric is an essential tool in any gardener or landscaper’s arsenal. It helps to stabilise soil, saves on mulch, helps filtration, retains moisture, and prevents weeds from growing. For such a cheap tool, it’s surprisingly multi-functional and can help you make a huge difference to the quality and layout of your garden.

Home Tool Essentials: Creating a Kit That Counts
Sep 8, 2017

Timber FUrniture

Every home needs a tool kit – even if the whole family are DIY novices. You could save thousands in call out and labour fees by taking on small repair and decoration projects yourself. A lot of the time fixes take just a few minutes with the right tools. Tackling basic projects around the house means that you need to be prepared – here are the essentials for a well-stocked tool box that will have everything you need, when you need it.

How to Choose the Right Paving for Your Home
Sep 1, 2017

Garden Decking

Choosing the right paving for your home can be difficult – whether you’re just creating a small garden path or completely revamping your driveway, the decision will make a huge difference to the look and feel of your home. You need to choose something that compliments the existing features and colours, while fitting in with your budget and your own sense of style.

Why It’s Never Too Late for a Summer House
Aug 18, 2017

Garden Buildings

A quality summer house offers a beautiful, secure, and comfortable way to enjoy anything that the British weather throws at us – whether that’s a bit of shade in the heat, or reading your book as you listen to the (inevitable) summer rain in your garden.

4 Easy Timber Upgrades for Your Home
Aug 10, 2017

Timber FUrniture

Sprucing up your home or having a quick refresh doesn’t need to cost a lot – it doesn’t even take a lot of time or skill to make some attractive, rustic home accessories to brighten up your rooms or even create functional furniture. Here are a few ideas for both the inside and outside of your home.

How to Choose a Loft Conversion Company
Aug 3, 2017

Home Insulation

With all the stories of cowboy builders, finding someone to make such a significant change to your home can be a nerve-wracking experience. We supply numerous loft conversion companies throughout London and the South East, and have extensive experience working with reputable, quality builders who have the skills and materials necessary to build your dream loft conversion.

4 Signs You Need to Replace Your Garden Shed
Aug 1, 2017

Garden Buildings

Replacing the garden shed is something most people would prefer to avoid – it takes time, money, and means you need to clear everything out. However, it’s important to check on your shed to make sure that it’s still doing its job of keeping its contents safe, clean, and dry. If you see any of these signs, it’s important to change your shed as soon as possible to avoid damaging or even completely losing the contents.

3 Garden Tips from the Pros
Jul 27, 2017

Garden Decking

Not everybody can afford to hire professional landscape architects to help with their garden or even provide some consultation, but that doesn’t mean that your garden can’t look like it was put together by a pro. Just a few simple tips and details can make your garden easier to manage and more attractive all year round. Here are some of our favourite tips from gardening professionals.

4 Rules to Make a Beautiful, Functional Bathroom
Jul 25, 2017

Home Insulation

Bathrooms are one of the most underrated rooms in a house – very few estate agents will talk about the excellent layout or light in a bathroom, but designing one properly to make good use of the (usually) limited space available is important to avoid stress in the mornings and cramped, dingy rooms generally.

Benefits of GRP Roofing
Jul 20, 2017

Home Insulation

GRP Roofing, commonly called fibreglass roofing or glass reinforced plastic, has been used throughout the UK for decades. Originally used for boat hulls, the material is seamless and an excellent way to create a smooth, even surface that can withstand even the worst of the British weather.

3 Timber DIY Projects for Summer
Jul 18, 2017

Home Insulation

Timber is the perfect material for a lot of DIY projects – it’s a tactile, forgiving material that can be used on any scale, from small pencil holders through to entire pieces of furniture. You don’t need a huge number of tools to get started, and don’t need huge premises to work on your project – a lot of things can be done out on your patio or even at the kitchen table.

Plasterboard vs. Wet Plastering
Jul 13, 2017

Home Insulation

At Lawsons we offer a range of plastering supplies, including plasterboard for dry lining or plaster and compounds. If you’re not sure which is best for you, we’ve written a helpful guide to make sure you’re making the right decision based on the use and your skills.

How to Install Fence Posts
Jul 11, 2017

Summer Fence Refresh

One of the most challenging parts of installing a new fence is digging in the fence posts – most new DIYers underestimate just how deep fence their posts should go, and often buy much shorter posts than they actually need. Posts are an integral part of your fence’s structure – without proper installation, your fence will be unstable, will deteriorate faster, or even just fall over.

Should I DIY or Hire a Professional for My Home Improvement?
July 06, 2017

Home Insulation

DIY is quite a personal and divisive issue – while some people are happy to while away their weekends on projects and improvements, others might feel anxious about getting things wrong or just prefer to spend time on other things. If you’re not sure about whether to hire a professional, here are some quick questions to help you decide.

How to Make a DIY Pizza Oven
Jul 04, 2017


There’s nothing better than homemade pizza, especially in a real wood-burning oven. It’s actually a lot easier to make than you think, so take a look at the instructions below so you can enjoy authentic, homemade pizza all through this summer.

Tips to Help You Build Your Own Chicken Coop
Jun 29, 2016

Log Cabin

Chickens are an increasingly popular pet throughout the UK – unlike rabbits and cats, they earn their keep by offering 150-300 eggs per year per hen! There are a number of different breeds, including a number of friendly, affectionate, and docile breeds that will enjoy socialising with the family.

Should I Use MDF or Plywood?
Jun 26, 2017


MDF and plywood are both affordable and strong timber sheet materials that are popular among builders, gardeners, DIYers, and crafters alike. The cost and versatility of these materials means that you can use them for practically everything, but it’s important to know the strengths and limitations of your materials. We’ve put together a quick guide to help you choose between plywood and MDF for your project to get the best outcome.

Build Your Own Playhouse
Jun 22, 2016

Log Cabin

Lawsons offer a great range of playhouses and other garden buildings, along with an expert installation service that ensures a safe set-up. However, the one thing that could make having a playhouse even more exciting for your children is if you build it yourself. It could be a wonderful and very rewarding family project that lasts for years to come. All it takes some planning, the right tools and a little motivation! Oh and perhaps some nice weather.

How to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly (Without Breaking the Bank)
June 20, 2017

Home Insulation

Many people are concerned about the environment – between climate change, CO2 emissions, and habitat destruction, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of environmental issues and not know how you can make a difference. Fortunately, there are simple changes that you can make to your home that add together to make a big difference.

What are the Benefits of Trellis Fencing?
June 15, 2017

Summer Fence Refresh

More often than not, homeowners consider their gardens to be a place of peace and sanctuary, particularly as the warmer weather approaches and the clocks jump forward, making it lighter for longer. It won’t be long before we’re spending our evenings out in the garden, entertaining guests or simply relaxing. In fact, it is for this reason that this time of year has become a popular season for sprucing up our gardens, making our homes look just as beautiful on the outside as they do on the inside.

How to Prepare Your Floor for New Coverings
June 13, 2017

Home Insulation

A good base for your new floor will make sure that you get the most out of your material, avoid squeaky floorboards, and depending on your type of house you may even be able to reduce heat loss. Whether you’re laying a new carpet or wooden flooring, it’s important to get your floor prepped and level with a good new base.

4 Ways to Use Decking
June 8, 2017

Garden Decking

Decking is a popular aspect of many UK gardens. It is a great way to introduce a stable and safe surface for entertaining guests, hosting BBQs or simply relaxing in the afternoon sun. Even if you love your lawn, there’s no reason why you can’t also have a deck; it will transform your garden in no time at all. We have put together a list of ideas of some of the best ways use your deck.

How to Repair a Wooden Door
June 06, 2017

Home Insulation

The great thing about wood as a material is that you can easily repair it – a quality wooden door should last a lifetime when properly maintained. As time goes on, you may notice that your door is starting to stick or is not latching properly. Here are some quick fixes to repair your door easily.

4 Top Tips for Refreshing Your Fence This Summer
June 01, 2017

Summer Fence Refresh

During the winter months, it is likely that your garden has been subject to the fury of Mother Nature. Your lovely wooden fence may be looking a bit worse for wear, but completely replacing it will be costly and inconvenient. That’s why we have put together some tips to help ensure your fence looks great again - without the need for a new one - just in time for the sunshine.

How to Reduce Draughts in the Home
May 30, 2017

Home Insulation

British homes lose a huge amount of heat through gaps in and around windows, doors, and through walls – up to 35% of heat loss happens in these locations. Reducing and eliminating draughts in your home can help you save on energy bills and keep your home comfortable and warm throughout the colder seasons.

How to Take Down an Old Fence
May 25, 2017

Old Fence

Before you add a fresh new fence to your home, you’ll need to remove the existing fencing. Even the most dilapidated fence takes some effort to remove, so it’s important that you put time aside to do this and have everything to need to do the job properly.

Why You Don’t Need a Railway Sleeper Kit
May 23, 2017

Railway Sleeper Kit

Railway sleepers are one of the most fashionable building materials right now, both in the garden and for the home. As with any trend, there are plenty of businesses looking to capitalise on it, including those creating railway sleeper kits to help you build planters or raised beds and even paths.

Spring Clean Your Garden Deck
May 19, 2017

Garden Decking

With BBQ season quickly advancing, it’s a good idea to take a look at your garden decking to make sure that winter hasn’t taken a toll. This can help you avoid accidents – such as a slippery deck or even rotted joisting – and means that you’ll have any repairs and maintenance done in time for summer.

Can I Use Railway Sleepers to Build a Garden Deck?
May 17, 2017

Railways Sleepers Stacked

Railway sleepers are both very easy to use and incredibly versatile; our clients have used them for everything from making garden paths through to creating one-of-a-kind piece of furniture for their homes or gardens.

Dog Proofing Your Garden Fence
May 05, 2017

Garden Fence

Letting your dog play or roam in the garden is an excellent way to let them burn off some energy in between walks or go to the toilet, but it’s important that your garden is safe and secure. The risk of your pet running into the road or simply getting lost is too great to ignore the importance of good fencing. Here are a few tips to ensure that your fence and garden boundaries are up to the job.

Fibreglass vs. Mineral Wool Insulation
Mar 28, 2017

Fibreglass vs Mineral Insulation

There are a number of different types of wool insulation, including fibreglass wool and mineral wool. While they all help to keep heat in your home and reduce your bills, they have slightly different benefits and properties. This guide should help you choose the right insulation for your home based on your priorities and preferences.

Decking Buying Guide
Mar 23, 2017

Decking Buying Guide

A quality deck will last 10-30 years, so it’s worthwhile doing research before you buy to make sure that your deck suits your family’s needs and your maintenance preferences. That’s why we’ve put together this simple buying guide to help you choose the right decking materials and type for you.

How to Protect Your Fence from Rotting
Mar 03, 2017

Fence Rot Protection

Wet rot is extremely common in the UK thanks to our world-famous climate, which means that gardening enthusiasts and DIYers here need to work a little harder to prevent rot in their fences. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to make sure that your fence lasts longer and looks great.

How to Make Your Garden More Private
Feb 28, 2017

Making a private garden

If you want to turn your garden into a hideaway, you’ll need to make sure that it’s private enough to be able to relax and wind away summer days and evenings without feeling self-conscious or overlooked. Since gardens and homes are typically built in rows, it can be difficult to really feel the benefit of private outdoor space. Here are a few tips to help you make your garden more private.

How to Make the Most of Your Decking
Feb 24, 2017


If you’ve planned your deck, chosen a material, decided on a decking pattern, and finally created an outdoor space you can be proud of, why stop there? Your deck can provide a stable, clean, and safe surface for entertaining and BBQs, but you can add more to make it comfortable and attractive too. If you’d like to take your deck to the next level, here are a few ideas to help!

How to Install a Sunken Trampoline
Feb 21, 2017

Sunken Trampoline

If you bought your children a garden trampoline for Christmas, or even bought one for yourself to enjoy some outdoor exercise without the need for a gym membership, it’s important that you install it safely and easily. Simply standing the trampoline on your lawn is the simpler way to install it, but it means that you often overlook your neighbours when jumping on it, and if anybody does fall off the trampoline they are very likely to injure themselves.

How to Straighten a Leaning Fence Post
Feb 17, 2017

Leaning Fence Posts

A leaning fence post can cause serious damage to your entire fence if left unchecked. It could be caused by rotten or broken posts, shallow posts, or just weather damage.

Composite vs. Timber Decking
Feb 15, 2017

Composite v Timber Decking

Composite and timber are the most popular options for decking in the UK – both materials offer their own benefits and come with specific drawbacks. The right choice for your garden and family depends largely on your budget, how much time you will dedicate to maintaining it, how long you would like your deck to last, and the overall look you are trying to create.

How to Mend a Storm Damaged Fence
Feb 10, 2017

Damaged Fence

It is not uncommon for severe stormy weather to cause a great deal of damage to your property. Don’t be surprised if you are faced with several repair jobs during the colder, winter months when the wind and rain strikes your garden. Fallen trees and broken fences are frustrating and problematic, but there are measures you can take to deal with storm damage.

How to Care for Timber Decking
Feb 06, 2017

Timber Decking

Timber decking can last for decades when properly cared for, but it’s important to maintain your decking if you’d like to keep it looking good. Here is our list of tips to help you keep your decking at its best and ensure that you don’t need to unnecessarily replace parts of or the whole deck.

How to Paint Your Fence
Feb 03, 2017

Fence Painting

For many people, having the perfect garden is just as important as making the interior look great. An easy way to welcome a new lease of life into your garden is to tidy up your fence with a touch of paint. It's a fairly uncomplicated task, no matter your level of DIY training.

How to Care for External Timber – Wooden Decks, Cladding, Sheds, Furniture, and More
Feb 01, 2017

External Timber

Wood is a fantastic material – it has great thermal qualities, it’s pleasing to the touch, it’s attractive, and it’s a renewable material so building out of wood has a very limited impact on the environment (and can, in some cases, improve it). However, unlike plastics and other manmade materials, it does need a little more maintenance and care to keep it looking its best.

How to Make Furniture from Railway Sleepers
Jan 27, 2017

Railway Sleepers

Railway sleepers are arguably one of the simplest materials to use when making your own furniture – they are already thick and fairly uniform, so you essentially just need to stack them properly and make sure that they don’t move, rather than having to sand, whittle, and shape everything especially.

New Years Resolutions for Your Home
Jan 24, 2017

Home Improvements New Years Resolutons

Everyone loves a fresh new start in the new year – we all have resolutions, new ambitions, and frankly after 2016 we probably all hope it’ll be a bit calmer in the next 12 months. What better way to reshape your thinking and turn over a new leaf than updating your home environment? Changing your home can seriously affect how you use each space, so here are a few ideas that can give you a head start to your 2017 new years resolutions.

Decking Patterns - Choose the Right One for You
Jan 20, 2017

Decking Pattertns

There’s far more to an attractive decking area than just choosing the right material – you need to choose the right decking pattern and features to make sure that it suits your home and your style. Features like decorative patterns and balustrading make your decking far more interesting and can even help you define seating areas or plants if they’re incorporated into your deck too.

How to Make Your Garden Wildlife Friendly
Dec 16, 2016

Wildlife Friendly Garden

Some of the UK’s most loved animals are in decline and at risk of extinction – beloved species such as the dormouse and hedgehog are seeing falling populations due to intensive farming, urbanisation, and climate change.

Turn Your Log Cabin into a Garden Office
Nov 04, 2016

Log Cabin

More and more people throughout the UK are working from home – whether you’re self-employed or telecommuting, you can face a huge range of distractions if you don’t have a set space dedicated to work. Homeowners can turn to loft conversions and house extensions as a way to create more space at home, but a log cabin is a much more cost-effective way to create a work space that separates business and pleasure.

Brexit Hasn’t Hurt Small House Builders
Oct 14, 2016

Small House Build

There’s been a lot of nervousness about Brexit in the construction industry, and across a lot of industries in general, but a few months after the referendum we can start to feel more confident about our prospects looking forwards.

Make Your Own Furniture Out of Timber
Oct 10, 2016

Timber FUrniture

We’re all willing to make our own furniture – it’s likely you’ve made a few pieces already, but in the form of flat-packed pieces rather than making it from scratch. With a few tools and a bit of confidence, you could make furniture from scratch and customize it to your own designs. It works out cheaper than buying it from shops, and you avoid that moment when screw E needs to go into F but you have no idea what F is and you only seem to have 3 screw Es instead of 4.

Build a Sandpit for the Kids
Sep 30, 2016


If you don’t live near the beach but still want the kids to enjoy making sandcastles, creating a sandpit is an easy and safe way to let them indulge and keep them entertained in the summer. You don’t have the risks you do in communal sandpits of having rubbish (or worse) in the sand, and can make it as big or as small as you want depending on the size of your garden.

Use Pavers to Make a Modern Water Feature
Sep 23, 2016

Modern Water Feature

If you want to break up your lawn and attract wildlife to your garden, there’s no better way to do it than a pond or water feature. They’re surprisingly easy to make for something that increases desirability and creates so much entertainment throughout the year. You don’t even need to add fish to watch squirrels, birds, and even frogs playing and running around your garden.

Construction Post-Brexit
Sep 19, 2016


Whatever your views on June’s Brexit vote, there’s no denying that it has had an economic impact on the UK. While many of the initial changes were due to panic (like the stock markets dropping and then regaining all their lost capital just 3 days later), other slowdowns seem like they will take longer to resolve.

7 of Our Favourite Garden DIYs to Make the Most of Summer
Sep 09, 2016

Garden DIYs

Summer’s coming to an end but it’s not quite over yet – there are still a few sunny weekends coming up when you can make the most of the warm weather and improve your home or garden. Here are a few of our favourite DIY projects from around the net – you can make almost all of them with items from your local builders’ or timber merchant, but may need to supplement a few specialist parts from elsewhere.

DIY Weekend Project – A Raised Seating Area
Sep 08, 2016

Raised Seating Area

At Lawsons, our staff are just as creative as our clients. Working around building materials every day means that a lot of our staff start thinking about how they can use our timber, decking, or railway sleepers and how they can improve their homes.

How to Improve Your Garden Soil
Sep 02, 2016

Garden Soil

Good soil is the foundation for any successful growing project, whether you want to improve your borders or even start growing your own food. Britain’s land is hugely varied, so it’s important to pay close attention to your soil before you start planting to ensure that it drains well, allows room to grow, and has the nutrients you need for your chosen plants to grow.

Everything you need to Know about Railway Sleepers
Aug 12, 2016

Railway Sleepers

Uses and things to remember about Railway Sleepers


The Importance of Brick Matching
July 29, 2016


Brick matching is an essential service, especially if you are building an extension onto an existing home. Experts such as Lawsons’ brick matchers will help you find the right colour and texture of brick to ensure that the addition blends in with the original structure.

Update Your Driveway for Real Kerb Appeal
Jul 22, 2016

Driveway Kerbing

Your driveway is one of the first things you see when approaching your home – it can add kerb appeal, security, and elegance to your home without having to gain planning permission or affect your day to day life during the building work.

Build a Perfect BBQ Garden
Jul 15, 2016

Perfect BBQ Garden

Realistically, the UK only enjoys about a month of BBQ weather per year, so we need to make the most of it. This is when Britons get the most enjoyment out of their gardens and beautiful lawns – enjoying good (possibly burnt) food with family and friends while soaking in the sun. A well-designed BBQ garden gives you space to cook on, eat on, and socialise, without turning the entire area into a patio. It’s surprisingly easy to design a garden that helps you make the most of summer while cutting down on maintenance throughout the rest of the year.

Block Pave Paths, Patios and Drives 
Jul 11, 2016

Paths Patios and Driveways

Block Paving, also known as Paviours or Pavers, can be used in almost all paving applications be it large commercial projects, such as car parks and docks, right down to a simple garden path or patio. It is a good alternative to traditional concrete and tarmac as offers greater flexibility in design and is aesthetically more pleasing. Being interlocking in their design makes them extremely strong for use in trafficked areas.

The Deck of Your Dreams
Jul 01, 2016


No matter how beautiful your garden is, without a deck it’s missing an integral focal point in terms of both looks and practicality.

A decked area is more than a handy spot for relaxing in the sun; it’s a point of centrality, a beautiful oasis in the middle of your lawn which surrounded by trees, shrubs and flowers, makes what is essentially the sitting room for your outdoor living.

Decorating Tips and Tricks from the Professionals
June 24, 2016

Decorating Tips

Painting and decorating is one of those skills at which many try their hand and few succeed. This is usually down to underestimating the importance of preparation rather than a lack of skill or ability. There are certain tricks of the trade which when taken heed of, will ensure that your DIY decorating job looks as good as a professional job.

Velux Loft Conversions
June 17, 2016

Loft Conversion

Loft conversions are the new black…they are everywhere! This is partly due to the fact that while house prices have shot up, families have not stopped growing and people continue need more space.

Why you Need a Workshop
June 13, 2016


A garden workshop is a must have if you have any hobbies, passions or even fledgling business ideas.

Adding what essentially boils down to an extra room to your home is as simple as purchasing a ready-manufactured workshop and installing it in a suitable area.

Decking Tips and Tricks
June 03, 2016


A beautiful decked area can really transform your garden as well as your lifestyle. Adding to the value of your home and to the practicality of your outdoor space at once, a timber deck is a must-have even for those with small gardens. The freedom to sit and relax or to entertain outdoors in a stylish and attractive area is a real pleasure once the warmer months arrive.

Six Brilliant Uses for Railways Sleepers
May 27, 2016

Railway Sleeperd

Railways sleepers are one of the most versatile landscaping materials you can acquire for very affordable prices.

There’s no limit to the creative uses which they can be put to both in the garden and out. If you’re overdue for a little carpentry and you think you’d like to give your home or garden a little facelift, take a look at our ten most innovative uses for railway sleepers.

How to Choose the Right Fencing for your Garden
May 20, 2016

Garden Fencing

Deciding which sort of fencing is the best for your property isn’t an overnight task! Getting it right lies in a number of different areas. Much will depend on not only your garden but also the area in which you live.

Log Cabins – Providing More Space for Growing Families
May 17, 2016

Log Cabins

As house prices rise and more and more families find that the idea of moving to a larger property is simply out of their reach, so innovative space-saving ideas move to the fore with many people thinking out of the box when it comes to finding new ways in which to fit the family in.

Keeping Your Garden Organised All Year Round with Garden Storage
May 05, 2016

Garden Storage

Gardening enthusiasts will know the frustration of keeping their beloved green space tidy and beautiful no matter what the time of year. In the UK, the weather alone causes some serious challenges – add to that the frustration of Autumn and wildlife and you’ve got a real issue.

Fencing and the Law - Know Your Rights Before Choosing New Fencing
Apr 28, 2016


Boundary disputes are unfortunately extremely common in the UK. Disagreements arise regularly and for all sorts of reasons. There may be a dispute over where the boundary actually lies or there may be disagreement over who is responsible for maintenance or repairs of any existing fences or hedges.

Summer Houses, Man Caves and She Sheds
Apr 21, 2016

Garden Buildings

Just about everyone needs a little time out for themselves don’t they? No matter how large or small your home, no matter how many or how few people there are in it, we just sometimes need to get out and spend some quality alone-time.

Railway Sleepers Versatile and Beautiful
Apr 14, 2016

Railway Sleepers

Railway sleepers aren’t only fabulously cheap to purchase but they’re also beautiful and there’s actually not a lot you can’t make with them. If you’re dreaming up all manner of timber based projects for the coming summer and wondering how you can afford all of those materials…look no further than railway sleepers.

Install a Timber Plank Wall at Home
Apr 08, 2016

Timber Plank Wall

DIY plank walls are an increasingly popular trend – whether you just want to add some texture to your walls or want to follow the reclaimed wood trend, adding a plank wall to your home is an easy project that’ll really transform the entire room.

Benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring
Apr 01, 2016

Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring usually looks identical to a solid plank floor once it’s installed, even to experts. Both solid and engineered wood floors use natural wood, but engineered floors are easier to install and cost far less than solid wood. If you’re struggling to decide between solid wood, laminate, and engineered wood flooring, this could help.

Transform Your Landscape with DIY Garden Steps
Mar 24, 2016

Landscaping DIY

If you have a sloping lawn, garden steps could be a great way to tidy up the look of your garden and offer an all-weather alternative to walking down the grass and getting your shoes muddy. It’s the perfect way to join up your landscape, especially if you have a shed or garage at the end of the garden you’d like to access regularly.

Raise Your Gardening Game with Planters
Mar 18, 2016

Garden Planters

Raised planters are a fantastic way to separate your flowers or vegetables from the rest of your garden – they offer a way to save space, maintain healthier soil for your plants, and even mean that you don’t need to bend down as much when tending to your garden if you have a bad back.

How to Transform Your Garden with Namgrass
Mar 03, 2016

Artificial Grass

Namgrass is an excellent alternative to grass if you’d like a low-maintenance lawn that looks fantastic all year round. There’s no mowing, no watering, and no mud – you can just relax on your pristine lawn and know that even if the kids are out playing on it, you won’t have mud dragged across your carpets.

3 Ways to Use Concrete in Your Garden
Mar 03, 2016

Concrete in your Garden

Concrete can be a little intimidating as a material, especially to novice gardeners and DIY enthusiasts, but it’s an extremely versatile material and you may be surprised at how many different things you can make with concrete. You can buy a large bag inexpensively and you know that your finished items will definitely last!

Should I Buy New or Used Railway Sleepers?
Feb 25, 2016

Railway Sleepers

Railway sleepers are one of the most popular gardening trends of 2016 – designers and gardeners are using them for everything from creating paths, retaining walls and to building planters.

Fencing Ideas for Your Garden
Feb 25, 2016

Garden Fencing Ideas

Fencing isn’t typically the focal point of a garden – it’s there to provide privacy and security for you and your family – but the right fencing can complement your landscaping work and even provide structure for plants to grow on.

Build a Fire Pit in Your Back Garden
Jan 29, 2016

Fire Pit

There’s nothing like a crackling fire on a summer evening to draw friends and family together. A well-built fire pit can extend the amount of time you spend outdoors and improve your garden as a social area. They’re also surprisingly easy to build, even if you’ve never tried bricklaying before.

Create a Pathway Using Railway Sleepers
Jan 10, 2016

Railway Sleepers

If you have a path that’s in regular use – usually to a shed or pergola – it can have an impact on your grass quality. Creating a path is an excellent way to break up your lawn and offer an easy way for people to get around the garden without ruining your lawn.

How to Build Your Own Pergola
Dec 21, 2015


Pergolas are a beautiful addition to any back garden, offering shelter and shade in the summer months as well as an attractive frame for vines and climbing plants.

Maintenance for Wooden Garden Sheds, Summerhouses and Log Cabins
Oct 21, 2015

Garden Buildings

As with most products the lifespan of garden buildings can be dramatically prolonged by taking a bit of time throughout the year to look after the building and tend to any repairs before they become more serious.

How To Lay Railway Sleepers In The Garden
Jul 18, 2015

Railway Sleepers

Railway Sleepers come in various sizes in both new and reclaimed softwood and hardwood. Reclaimed sleepers have generally been used to support railway lines; they have a worn appearance which makes them ideal for that traditional rustic look.

Distinctive Decking for Your Garden
Jun 17, 2015

Garden Decking

Using decking to create a raised area gives you an ideal place for entertaining your friends & family for those long summer evenings. It does not matter if your garden is on a slope or level, timber decking can offer an attractive area for seating.

How to install a Garden Fence Using Fence Panels
Jun 17, 2015

Fence Panels

Now is the time to get out in the garden and start those repairs and improvements you have been putting off, don’t delay any longer – enjoy the challenge.

How to lay the Perfect Garden Patio
Jun 17, 2015

Garden Patio

Looks like summer is finally on the way so now is the time to be thinking about that new patio. Just think how proud you will feel when you invite your friends round for that traditional barbeque. Here is our easy to follow guide for forming that perfect area.

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