Monthly Archives: July 2016

  1. How to paint a fence

    How to paint a fence

    To paint a fence may sound like a long and tedious job but forget slapdash and do it properly – your fence will thank you for it.

    Your fence may need a simple spruce up or a complete colour change, but the principles are the same. Do it properly and the result will last for years. Slap a dollop of paint all willy-nilly over your fence and it will look a mess, annoy the neighbours and you'll be doing it all over again next year. It's your choice!

    Sprightly new fences

    It's a wonderful feeling to take delivery of your new fence and the best time to apply stain or paint is before it's put up. It's so much easier to paint when the panel is flat, hopefully in a garage, to avoid drips and any bad weather ruining the job. Quality new fences carry a guarantee against rot and so don't actually need any extra coatings from that point of view, but you may just want to brighten the thing up, blend or contrast with existing colours in the garden,  or even

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  2. How to spot damage and fix broken fence panels

    How to spot damage and fix broken fence panels

    A rotten fence doesn't have to mean a broken garden dream – simply get it fixed.

    Wooden fences and posts eventually rot or even snap in strong winds. And if your panels are sagging, slumping or are a holey disgrace then it's easy to sort.

    Checking for damage

    Fence-fit check ups

    Make checking your fences a part of your weekly gardening routine. A quick waggle of the posts and visual inspection of the panels will spot trouble before it becomes a bigger job. After all, a 6x6 panel strewn on your herbaceous plants will cause a lot of damage. A referee’s assistant always checks the goalposts before a game starts so get into the habit of checking your own boundaries. Slats on many fences do pop out and if spotted early, are simply eased back into their original position. Wood does move according to the moisture content and temperature, so a quick check is a great habit to get into.

    Signs of decay

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  3. The ultimate guide to eco-friendly gardening

    The ultimate guide to eco-friendly gardening

    Reduce your carbon footprint, grow food without insecticides, reuse and recycle your own waste – there are many reasons for wanting to approach gardening in an eco-friendly and sustainable way. For every kilogram of fruit and vegetables that you grow and eat, you’ll use less energy and save two kilograms of carbon emissions.

    Eco-friendly gardening is focused on using fewer pesticides, helping garden wildlife, reducing the amount of waste you create, minimising your use of tap water and using products that are sourced as locally as possible. Growing food organically is the start – with eco-friendly gardening methods and practices you will create a sustainable and environmentally responsible garden. But how? Check out our ultimate guide to eco-friendly gardening.

    Planning an eco-friendly garden

    An eco-friendly garden has several characteristics that sets it apart from other gardens. It uses as much rainwater as possible – so you need a water butt to catch you

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  4. Mini Greenhouse Giveaway

    Mini Greenhouse Giveaway

    It’s giveaway time again here at Buy Fencing Direct!

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

    To be in with the chance of winning this excellent 5 Tier mini greenhouse, 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 Monday 8th August at midnight and the winner will be announced the following day –Tuesday 9th June.
    GOOD LUCK everyone!


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  5. The ultimate guide to wildlife gardening

    The ultimate guide to wildlife gardening

    Wildlife gardening is a way for gardeners to put out a welcome sign for all the birds and animals who rely on our green spaces to survive. With dozens of species coming under pressure through losing their natural habitats, it has become ever more important for Britain’s gardeners to offer some sort of safe haven for our native wildlife. The RSPB discovered recently that 60 percent of animal and plant species have declined over the past 50 years. Of your garden to make it more appealing for wildlife. Many of the traditional features of gardens offer something for wildlife – think of sparrows drinking in a bird bath, squirrels finding the best way to the bird feeder or tadpoles in the garden pond. There are many more options though – take a look at our ultimate guide to wildlife gardening.

    Planning a wildlife garden

    The first thing to do is take a long look at your garden and see what its potential might be for wildlife. Is there an obvious patch which you can afford

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  6. How to Build a Fence

    How to Build a Fence

    Let us guide you through the basics of how to build a fence.

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  7. July in the garden

    July in the garden

    June has been a scorcher! Will a little rain and lots of sun, the garden is going strong.

    Soft, leafy growth should ensure the potatoes produce a great crop. Most are flowering now indicating that tubers are present (or coinciding with the beginnings of a crop) and now is key to a bumper harvest. Even if we do get rain, the canopy of leaves may well stop everything but the most persistent of downpours from reaching the soil. You will need to water either the soil around the plants or the sacks the plants are growing in. Seeds can still be sown with short rows of carrots guaranteed to produce something before autumn.

    The same goes for salad onions and lettuce. Beetroot can be sown now. Soak seeds for a few hours before sowing and rinse the seeds prior to popping in the ground. This washes out germination inhibitors and increases your productivity. Each seed is usually a cluster of seeds so expect bunches of seedlings appearing. In other words, space them out so as not

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