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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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

Decking

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.

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 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 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.

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.

Build a Sandpit for the Kids
Sep 30, 2016

Sandpit

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.

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.

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.

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

Decking

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.

Decking Tips and Tricks
June 03, 2016

Decking

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.

Seven 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.