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  1. Adding Arbours, Pergolas and Gazebos to Your Garden

    Adding Arbours, Pergolas and Gazebos to Your Garden

    As children, building dens in the garden was an instinct – blankets across the washing line, cardboard boxes upended and filled with cushions, and hollowed out hideaways under bushes. As grown-ups, have much better ways to create those special places from which to make the most of our garden. When it comes to truly maximising enjoyment of our outdoor space, a permanent garden shelter is simply a must. Easy to erect and near maintenance-free, these shelters offer a beautiful standout garden feature, without significantly increasing our workload.

    So, which sort of shelter is right for your garden?

    The chances are that it will either be an arbour, pergola or gazebo but, to make an informed choice about which one to purchase, it’s important to consider exactly what you intend to use it for and to understand their different characteristics. Without further ado, let’s take a look at them.

    Arbours

    Garden arbours are the smallest of the three and come in two distinct forms. Firstly, they can simply be a decorative archway, designed to provide a link between different areas of the garden, for example the main pathway and the vegetable patch. They usually come with trellis sides or roofs to support climbers.

    Alternatively, an arbour can be a small, standalone sheltered area with seating, which makes a wonderfully intimate place to relax with a loved one, or even just a good book. These types of arbour also tend to incorporate a trellis design, as sitting down surrounded by climbers provides a magical feeling of seclusion.

    Click here to select your ideal garden arbour from our superb range. Once you’ve done that, why not read our article about how to install a garden arbour too?

    Garden Arbours from Buy Fencing Direct

    Pergolas

    Pergolas are usually square or rectangular and are normally erected on decks and patios. They can either link two different structures or stand alone. Instead of a conventional roof, the upper section is constructed from cross beams, often with a trellis design, which are perfect for supporting climbers. Pergolas provide a shaded area, where one can enjoy fresh air whilst being sheltered from the full glare of the sun or the worst of the rain. This makes them an ideal place for barbecues, dining alfresco, hot tubs, and social gatherings.

    Click here to browse through Buy Fencing Direct’s superb range of pergolas for sale.

    Garden Pergolas from Buy Fencing Direct

    Gazebos

    Gazebos are the ultimate outdoor building, offering you the opportunity to extend your living space into the garden. Separate from any other feature, they enjoy their own roof and are usually round, hexagonal or octagonal in shape. This provides an enclosed feel, making them suitable for positioning deeper into the garden than a pergola. A garden gazebo is a wonderful place to enjoy hobbies, dine alfresco, for the kids to play, or for you to entertain guests – all completely sheltered from the elements.

    Click here to choose from our superb range of gazebos for sale.

    Gazebos from Buy Fencing Direct  

    Whichever shelter you buy, there’s one thing that we can guarantee: you will be investing in an attractive and effective way to shelter from the unpredictable British weather, which will ensure that you spend more time in your garden all year round. What could possibly be better than that?      



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  2. Fifteen Fun Shed Facts - for every devoted sheddie

    Fifteen Fun Shed Facts - for every devoted sheddie

    definition of sheddie

    At Buy Fencing Direct, we admit that most of us are sheddies in some form or another.  So, for all you fellow sheddies out there who love your sheds, we've compiled this list of shed facts for you.

    According to Kerry Maxwell, author of Brave New Words, "the affectionate term sheddie has been around for a number of years, but has only recently come into the public eye in connection with the observation that the current economic situation may in part be responsible for the growing popularity of 'garden offices'. Users of garden offices, also sometimes referred to as 'shed workers', are now often female, countering the rather hackneyed image of the shed as the last bastion of masculinity."

    Here are some more fun facts about sheds, with statistics taken from Cuprinol’s 2016 Shedeconomics survey:

    • Over 21 million people in the UK now own a shed
    • 62% of people would be deterred from buying a home if it didn’t have a shed – or even a big enough shed
    • More younger Brits are now investing in sheds, with more under 25 now owning a shed (63%) compared to 60% of 45-54 year olds
    • 11% of men admitted to planning a surprise for their partner in their shed – including holidays and proposals
    • 32% of shed owners admit their shed is so messy they can barely get through the door
    • The average shed contents is worth over £458
    • 3% of sheds house a sunbed
    • 7% of sheds have a TV
    • The most famous piece of garden shed art was created by sculptor Cornelia Parker when, in 1991, she blew up a shed and used its shrapnel to create her piece "Cold, Dark Matter: An Exploded View."
    • In Ancient Egypt, there was a god named Shed who was god of danger, deadly animals and illness
    • Rudyard Kipling, Agatha Christie and Roald Dahl all wrote in their sheds. A shed Benjamin Britten owned is now a Grade 2 listed building. 
    • In Slavic folklore, the shed is feared as it is believed to be the home of Baba Yaga, a witchlike character who flies around on a giant pestle kidnapping children.
    • The word ‘shed’ has the same origin as ‘shade’. in Anglo-saxon times a ‘scead’ was a place of rest in a shady place. 
    • Former Primer Minister David Cameron has bought a shed with the intention of using it to write his memoirs.
    • In jazz jargon, “shedding” is to diligently practice a musical instrument. It is a derivative of the slang word 'Woodshed' perhaps derived from the notion that an isolated woodshed is fit for practicing.
    So, how well do these statistics apply to you? Do you have a sunbed in your shed? Can you get through your shed door?
    Or do you have some more interesting shed facts to share? Let us know in the comments below.
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  3. Concrete vs Wooden Posts

    Concrete vs Wooden Posts

    Imagine being an outcast on a desert island. All you can take are eight songs, a book and a luxury. Now the songs part is easy, the book simple, but the luxury? Hmmm, obviously (obviously!) it’s between a concrete or a wooden post. Now there’s a dilemma.

    Concrete will weigh in heavier. A six-foot fence panel requires a heavy frame of concrete and they do need a couple of people to handle, manoeuvre and get in place. And once in place there is absolutely no tweaking or phrases like ‘don’t worry, the screws will bring it all together.’ Once in place that is the place. Forever. Wood, however, is slightly lighter, still heavy mind you, and - as with all posts and fencing - a helper is still a great idea. There is a bit of tweak-room with wood as it is a natural material and will be slightly more forgiving of a millimetre tolerance or two.

    Forest Lightweight Concrete Fence Post

    Concrete lasts for a long time. How about a lifetime? No need to worry about upkeep there. Wooden posts can carry a 15-year guarantee against rot so can be relied upon without the need for any maintenance. Just make sure you check before you buy.

    Concrete is white. Of course, you can paint it but they usually flake after a few years. Algae will tone the colour down but fundamentally your posts will remain white. Some consider this a clean, modern look (it is!) or too brash for some gardens (again, it is!). I guess it depends on your style of garden. Wooden posts start either orangey brown or light green depending on the pressure treatment. But both quickly tone down to the colour of ash. They then blend into most garden designs. And you can easily paint or stain wooden posts using a rainbow of colours.

    Forest Planed Fence Post  

    Concrete posts require little or no maintenance. A wash down with warm soapy water will dislodge algae and moss and a pressure washer will remove stubborn colonies. Wear safety goggles if doing this. And that’s it. Wooden posts will also benefit from a yearly check over, even with that guarantee, and preservative, stain or paint re-applied where necessary.

    To get fixings into a concrete post you need a drill and fixing plugs along with screws and screwdriver. And eye protectors just in case shards of concrete go flying. Of course, the actual fence panels slide in easily but wires, hanging basket brackets and pot holders all need secure fixings. When fixing these same items to a wooden post, it’s as simple as a screw and screwdriver. For heavier items such as planting mangers you may need to plug holes, but tensioned wires for training fruit or climbers across fence panels are a doddle to sort.

    Concrete vs Wooden Fence Posts

    Concrete or wooden posts? It’s a tricky call to make. Both are the right choice depending on your garden circumstances. But if I had to choose one as my desert island luxury I reckon I’d go for …wood. I can lift it on my own, and I can always fashion it into a flagpole to attract attention. Or maybe concrete? If I’m on the island for a long time it will provide support for whatever I build around it. It’s also bright and may attract attention. But I could burn the wood if it gets cold. Concrete could be used to start building a more permanent house, yet wood could be the beginnings of a boat. Oh, I don’t know. When do I go to this island anyway? I’ve got some garden fencing to finish putting up before I leave. (And don't forget, before you leave, have a browse through our superb range of fence posts.)  

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  4. Why Do I Need a Shed?

    Why Do I Need a Shed?

    Oh, come on. That’s not actually the correct question. It should be ‘How many sheds do I need?'. Every garden, no matter what size or location, needs a shed of some sort. Whether it’s a man cave, girl grotto or family retreat, of course you need a shed. 

      

    Storage: Okay, the traditional use of a shed is to store all your gardening stuff in. Spades, forks, garden furniture and cushions all need to be housed somewhere. And although you might be able to get away with a mower in the front room of your house (I did for a month - just the once), a shed will always come to the rescue. And where will you display your antique collection of half empty paint pots from yesteryear? What about all those empty boxes that will come in handy one day? Stray pieces of random wood? Exactly - you need a shed.

      

    Playtime: I have a friend who converted a rather smart log cabin type shed into a table tennis room. I know someone else who has a table football set up, fully operational complete with mini fridge and tv for watching other sport. Some children prefer dance to ping-pong. Get them practising in their own Studio de Shed. Alright, a 6x8 might be restrictive, but it’s a start. There are plenty of bigger options and ballet barres must be easy to fix to the solid framework of a well-constructed shed (I have to admit to having never done that, but how difficult can it be?).  So, if you want to play in the garden, you need a shed.

     

    Rest: Ahh, a fusty old armchair surrounded by wooden shelves groaning under the weight of fruitful decades of washed and preserved jam jars, each filled with nails, screws, nuts and bolts. Slumped and enveloped by dusty cushions, authentic Peaky Blinders cap at a cocky tilt and a hot brew in your hand. And maybe, just maybe The Archers emanating from your vintage valve radio. You can’t do that in a sterile uPVC conservatory as it wouldn’t feel, sound or smell right. You need a shed. Obviously.

      

    Gardening: How novel, a shed used to further the best pastime available to anyone. A shed without windows is a wannabee mushroom farm or the perfect store for surplus spuds. Sheds with windows are an altogether a different proposition. Potatoes can be chitted in there, shallots and onion sets spaced out before planting, even seedlings can be raised if the windows allow enough light in. Check out grow-house sheds - still a shed and a massive addition to any garden.

      

    Work: Gone are the days of long and arduous shleps to get to a stuffy office. Home-working is all the rage for obvious reasons and a well kitted out shed will help productivity or even your own business boom. The next successful entrepreneur could well be organising his or her shed delivery right now. And you could be the next. That’s why you need a shed. Don't delay, for sheds 'near me' browse Buy Fencing Direct's superb range of garden sheds today.

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  5. Creative Fencing Ideas for Your Garden

    Creative Fencing Ideas for Your Garden

    Fences are the backdrop for our gardens. Like a canvas, our plants, trees and other garden features create a picture – all framed by our garden fence.

    There are lots of fence styles to choose from – from traditional overlap fencing to undulating Paloma style fence panels. But for some, the usual choices aren’t enough to satisfy their creative vision.

    If you want to make a bolder statement with your fence line, we’ve gathered lots of creative fencing ideas for how to use your fence to add something extra special to your garden.

    Here are some ideas for your next garden makeover:

     Colour

    A simple way to spice up your garden fence is to give it a splash of colour. From softer greens and blues to bright pinks and purples, there is a shade for every taste. Plus, if you fancy a change next season, just grab the paint brush and you can match the latest trends.

         

    Artwork

    If you are particularly gifted with the paint brush or even the spray can, you can use your artistic flair to create an art piece to show your personality and make a gallery in your own garden.

       

    Planters

    Using unusual planters can liven up a fence. From brightly coloured tin cans to the humble welly, your imagination is your only limit when planning planters for your fence.

       

    Lighting

    Using lighting on your fence line can add real drama to your garden. Whether you use candles, solar lighting or call in the electrician, the use of garden lighting will have real impact.

       

    Add Something Different

    Wheel hubs? Marbles? Twigs? Think outside the box when decorating your fence and you’ll be rewarded with a truly unique fence.

       

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  6. Why You Should Treat Your Fence Panels This Winter

    Why You Should Treat Your Fence Panels This Winter

    During winter, there aren’t as many gardening jobs to be done. The ground - frozen solid. The flowers? Long gone. If you can brave the cold, what better time to get outside and give your tired, old fence panels a new lease of life?

    The all-important preparation:

    Firstly, check your panels thoroughly, especially if they’ve been around for a few years. Wicked winter winds could have caused damage: loosening fixings, snapping battens and cracking slats of wood. In a particularly bad storm this could cause your panel to go cartwheeling across the garden – no one wants that! A little bit of sprucing also doesn’t hurt: remove those pesky cobwebs, lichen and weeds.

    Choosing your treatment:

    Try and calculate how much treatment you’ll need. This will vary from product to product, and we’d also recommend sticking to reputable, established brand names. Picking the best colour for your panels from the plethora now available is a little trickier. Maybe this is the year to opt for a bold, statement shade to liven up your garden? Top tip: buy two tins and keep the receipts. The nights are drawing in and you don’t want to run out of time should you underestimate and have to pop to the shops!

    Treating your panels:

    Remember to look at the weather forecast - treating fence panels would be a rather miserable task in the pouring rain! Once any necessary repairs and replacements have been carried out, it’s time to paint your panels. To begin, simply do what it says on the tin! It should be fairly self-explanatory; stir the contents carefully and away you go. Make sure to use the appropriate equipment - high quality brushes or a purpose-built sprayer are a must.

    Sit back and relax:

    Once you’ve finished, admire your handiwork. Doesn’t your garden look so much better now? You’ve certainly earned a hot cup of tea and a biscuit after all that hard graft. Now you can rest knowing your panels are protected for another few years, and you didn’t trample any plants in the process. Job well done!

    Photo credit: ronsaunders47 via Visual hunt /  CC BY-SA

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  7. Forest Raised Log Planter Giveaway

    Forest Raised Log Planter Giveaway

    It’s GIVEAWAY TIME again here at Buy Fencing Direct!

    Here at Buy Fencing, we’re giving you the chance to win this beautiful Forest Raised Log Planter. With plenty of growth depth and area this garden planter is perfect for growing plants, vegetables and herbs. Constructed from half logs giving it an attractive appearance and when planted up it will create a stunning focal point for your garden.

    We’re hosting the giveaway over on our Buy Fencing Facebook page.

    To be in with the chance of winning this Raised Log Planter, all you need to do is – ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page, ‘LIKE’ one of the competition posts and then ‘SHARE’ the post on your own wall for your friends to see.

    Deadline is November 20th at Midday and the winner will be announced the following day November 21st.
    GOOD LUCK everyone!

    Terms and Conditions:

    • This competition is for UK residents only.
    • You must be over 21 years old to enter this competition.
    • Deadline for prize draw entry: November 20th 2017 at Midday
    • There is no voucher or cash alternative.

    In order to be entered for the prize you must follow the steps below:

    • Visit our Buy Fencing Direct Facebook page and press the ‘Like’ button, find any of the competition posts to ‘Like’ and then share the post on your own Facebook wall.
    • Users can only enter this competition once.
    • There is no cost to enter this competition and it is not endorsed by Facebook.
    • One winner will be chosen from a random draw of entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.  The draw will be performed by a random computer process.
    • A winner will be announced on November 21st 2017 via personal message and a post on Facebook
    • The winner has 24 hours to reply. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, the prize will be transferred to another winner.
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  8. Forest Obelisk Summer Giveaway

    Forest Obelisk Summer Giveaway

    It’s GIVEAWAY TIME again here at Buy Fencing Direct!

    With summer in full swing, we are enjoying spending more time in our gardens enjoying the sunshine. Here at Buy Fencing, we’re giving you the chance to win this Forest Obelisk. If you are fond of climbing plants then this obelisk is the perfect structure for your garden. The clever design provides the ideal support for climbing plants such as the clematis and climbing vegetables such as the sweet pea. A perfect prize and addition to any garden!

    We’re hosting the giveaway over on our Buy Fencing Facebook page.

    To be in with the chance of winning this Forest Obelisk, all you need to do is – ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page, ‘LIKE’ one of the competition posts and then ‘SHARE’ the post on your own wall for your friends to see.

    Deadline is Sunday 20th August at midnight and the winner will be announced the following day – Monday 21st August.
    GOOD LUCK everyone!

    Terms and Conditions:

    • This competition is for UK residents only.
    • You must be over 21 years old to enter this competition.
    • Deadline for prize draw entry: midnight of Sunday 20th August 2017
    • There is no voucher or cash alternative.

    In order to be entered for the prize you must follow the steps below:

    • Visit our Buy Fencing Direct Facebook page and press the ‘Like’ button, find any of the competition posts to ‘Like’ and then share the post on your own Facebook wall.
    • Users can only enter this competition once.
    • There is no cost to enter this competition and it is not endorsed by Facebook.
    • One winner will be chosen from a random draw of entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.  The draw will be performed by a random computer process.
    • A winner will be announced on Monday 21st August 2017 via personal message and a post on Facebook
    • The winner has 24 hours to reply. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, the prize will be transferred to another winner.
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  9. Large Overlap Cold Frame Summer Giveaway

    Large Overlap Cold Frame Summer Giveaway

    It’s GIVEAWAY TIME again here at Buy Fencing Direct!

    As summer is getting closer, we are well and truly ready to be spending more time outside in our gardens enjoying the sunshine but we are also thinking ahead for your yearly garden needs. Here at Buy Fencing we’re giving you the chance to win this brilliant large overlap cold frame. The cold frame features two independently opening lids, with a timber prop to allow air circulation throughout the garden cold frames. A perfect addition to any British garden this year!

    We’re hosting the giveaway over on our Buy Fencing Facebook page.

    To be in with the chance of winning these excellent set of three planters, all you need to do is – ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page, ‘LIKE’ one of the competition posts and then ‘SHARE’ the post on your own wall for your friends to see.

    Deadline is Sunday 2nd July at midnight and the winner will be announced the following day – Monday 3rd July.
    GOOD LUCK everyone!

    Terms and Conditions:

    • This competition is for UK residents only.
    • You must be over 21 years old to enter this competition.
    • Deadline for prize draw entry: midnight of Sunday 2nd July 2017
    • There is no voucher or cash alternative.

    In order to be entered for the prize you must follow the steps below:

    • Visit our Buy Fencing Direct Facebook page and press the ‘Like’ button, find any of the competition posts to ‘Like’ and then share the post on your own Facebook wall.
    • Users can only enter this competition once.
    • There is no cost to enter this competition and it is not endorsed by Facebook.
    • One winner will be chosen from a random draw of entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.  The draw will be performed by a random computer process.
    • A winner will be announced on Monday 3rd July 2017 via personal message and a post on Facebook
    • The winner has 24 hours to reply. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, the prize will be transferred to another winner.
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  10. Lindhurst Trellis Arch Spring Giveway

    It’s Spring GIVEAWAY TIME here at Buy Fencing Direct!

    To help get you into your garden this Spring we're giving away a classic Lindhurst Trellis Arch, which will make a perfect feature and statement in any garden. The fab Arch allows for climbing and trailing plants to grow up the structure, fitting into your garden perfectly.

    We’re hosting the giveaway over on our Buy Fencing Direct Facebook Page

    To be in with the chance of winning this excellent Trellis Arch, all you need to do is – ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page, ‘LIKE’ one of the competition posts and then ‘SHARE’ the post on your own wall for your friends to see.
    The giveaway deadline is Monday 1st May at midnight and the winner will be announced the following day – Tuesday 2nd May.
    GOOD LUCK everyone!

    Terms and Conditions:

    • This competition is for UK residents only.
    • You must be over 21 years old to enter this competition.
    • Deadline for prize draw entry: midnight of Monday 1st May 2017
    • There is no voucher or cash alternative.

    In order to be entered for the prize you must follow the steps below:

    • Visit our Buy Fencing Direct Facebook page and press the ‘Like’ button, find either of the competition posts to ‘Like’ and then share the post on your own Facebook wall.
    • Users can only enter this competition once.
    • There is no cost to enter this competition and it is not endorsed by Facebook.
    • One winner will be chosen from a random draw of entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.  The draw will be performed by a random computer process.
    • A winner will be announced on Tuesday 2nd May 2017 via personal message and a post on Facebook
    • The winner has 48 hours to reply. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, the prize will be transferred to another winner.
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