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  1. 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 so

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  2. Concrete vs Wood Fence Posts - Our Garden Expert's View

    Concrete vs Wood Fence Posts - Our Garden Expert's View

    Concrete Fence Posts or Wood Fence Posts? It's a Dilemma 

    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 wood fence post. Now there’s a dilemma.

    Weight

    Concrete Posts

    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 Posts

    Wood, however, is slightly lighter, still heavy mind you, and - as with all posts and fencing - a helper is still a great idea.

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  3. 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 resc

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  4. 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 decorative garden fencing styles, such as our Paloma fence panels. Why not take a look at our decorative fencing? Just click here to view our full range.

    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.

    Decorative Fencing Ideas:

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  5. 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 f

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  6. 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 ever

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  7. 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

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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 th

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  10. Talking horticulture and wildlife with Guy Barter

    Talking horticulture and wildlife with Guy Barter

    Earlier this month, we caught up with Guy Barter, RHS Chief Horticultural Advisor, about horticulture, wildlife, and his plans for 2017. Check out his interview below.

    Our interview with Guy Barter

    1. Why is wildlife so important to the horticultural industry?

    Wildlife in the general sense of biodiversity is important to everyone as our existence is tied to that of other living things. However for the horticultural industry, in particular, there is a sort of invisible help from wildlife that acts to keep populations in check, so unbeknown to gardeners, pest and diseases are generally suppressed to manageable levels by their natural enemies. Without these, there would be much more pest and disease troubles.

    Pollination is, of course, important as most garden plant seeds and virtually all fruit, broad and runner beans, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes and other frui

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