Monthly Archives: January 2017

  1. Growing a garden on your decking

    There are many reasons that people shop farmer’s markets or grow their own vegetables in backyard gardens. While the various products offered may, and usually do, look less attractive than the ones found in the grocer’s, they more than make up for it in taste and freshness. Farmer’s market fare and back yard vegetables aren’t waxed, are usually picked at the perfect time, and are frequently organic (especially the ones you grow yourself).

    While many people enjoy the taste of fresh home grown vegetables, not everyone has an area large enough for a garden plot. At least that is the common misconception. In truth, growing your own vegetables is easy to do even in very small spaces, like decking, patios and balconies.

    The advantages of small gardens

    Of course the most obvious reason is that you have a steady source of fresh vegetables and herbs at your disposal during the entire growing season. Plus with only a few exceptions you can gro

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  2. How to make the most of your outdoor space in winter

    You do not have to seal yourself into the home for months awaiting a warmer climate, you can get out in the garden, enjoy it despite the cold and dark and even enjoy a little bit of gardening.

    So if you are of the type of person that does not want to say goodbye to the garden just yet, take a look at what you could be doing on the other side of the curtains.

    What to do in your garden during winter

    It might be on the chilly side over the winter months but this does not mean that you cannot still enjoy your outside space. There are a number of things you can do in your garden over the winter including planting certain crops and vegetables, hosting barbeques and even a party or two.

    To make any outside activity that little bit more comfortable during winter, you can simply bring some heat and light to the occasion.

    Purchase patio heaters

    These are a great way of making it much cosier when you are sitting on your patio or decking. They

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  3. How to make your decking more homely

    As the weather begins to change and spring turns into summer, more and more people leave the confines of their homes to enjoy their outdoor spaces. Many people have garden areas with decking and the key is making the outdoor decking more inviting for parties, dinners, other activities, or just for relaxing in the peace and quiet. There are a number of ways to make a homely decking space, including with cosy seating, added lighting, the creation of more privacy, adding ambiance, and by using other tools and accessories to turn the outdoor decking area into a true living space. Decking can be made into an oasis; a place to get some down time with the following enhancements.

    Making your decking homely

    Comfortable furniture

    While outdoor plastic furniture may be inexpensive it certainly lacks the versatility and comfort necessary for spending long periods of time outside on the decking. Folding lawn chairs is simply not the best choice for designing a dining

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  4. How to start a container garden

    Whether you’re a city dweller and don’t have room for an entire garden or prefer to stay indoors, starting a container garden can be the perfect solution for those looking for a convenient way to grow beautiful plants and fresh vegetables within their own homes.

    However, before you make that trip to your local garden centre or start growing plants in containers, it’s important to spend some time observing and learning about your growing space. 

    Starting a container garden

    Good morning, sunshine!

    One of the most important elements a garden needs to grow is sunlight, so be sure to observe how much natural sunlight your growing space gets at certain times throughout the day and during different seasons. Depending on what you’re planning to grow, you will want to identify the spots with the least and most amount of sunlight. Because the position and height of the sun continuously changes with the seasons, the amount of sun

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  5. The best time to install garden decking

    The popularity of decking continues largely thanks to the fact that it provides such an attractive and functional focal point, yet can be installed by those with only basic DIY carpentry skills. With a wide range of components allowing for complete bespoke designs to simple to install pre-manufactured deck kits that just need screwing together for an instant deck area, the choices available in the marketplace today are vast.

    Decking can easily make your garden a more useable area throughout the year as an open-air extension of your living space! Whilst on a design note, decking can look absolutely beautiful, on a functional level, garden decking offers a host of practical solutions for those areas of your garden where conventional remedies are either costly, impractical or would fail to blend into your garden-scape, examples of this could be from shady areas where grass fails to grow leaving unsightly bare patches to more complex requirements where sloping ground needs level

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  6. Planning your garden decking area

    If you're thinking of laying a flat surface in your garden, you are probably torn between the range of options available from concrete slabs to decking or even decorative aggregates.

    Love it or hate it, garden decking is the more economical option and allows for the finish of your choice. Our decking boards and tiles are all pressure treated which gives them guaranteed 15 years of protection from rot and fungal decay.

    Decked areas of your garden are great for entertaining friends with alfresco dining or providing a stable BBQ area. You could also use your decking as a family seating area or even as a setting for garden games.

    Of course, you will need to get the balance between decked and natural area of you garden, you don't want too big or too small a decked area. Here are some of the issues you may want to think about.

    Planning your decking area

    1) Where to place your decking boards?

    If you choose to place decking against your ho

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  7. Why choose decking over patios?

    Decking, decking, decking – read all about it! Even though decking has been around for years, people seem to think that it is a new novelty. Many people will tell you that they want it because it looks nice but they can’t afford it or it’s too complicated, well decking has never been easier or cheaper.

    So why decking and not patios?

    Firstly, the maintenance of decking is a lot easier. Well… there is no maintenance, with patios you have to give them a yearly pressure wash which can be expensive and time-consuming. Compare this with Pressure Treated decking, one coat of preservative and you’re done! Because Pressure Treatment goes right into the grain of the wood, the wood is less likely to rot and it can be guaranteed for 15 years.

    The price of decking has come down over recent years as more and more people see it as a viable option for their garden. What used to cost the average customer almost £1000, now only costs a few hundred, so decking is now within r

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  8. Quick build garden decking tips

    The Easy Deck-Bearer system which allows a ground level deck to be built in just a morning, leaving the afternoon for relaxing in the sun.

    This new system comprises of pre-notched deck bearers that simply slot together to form a strong decking base framework with minimum effort.

    Available in two lengths, the spacing of the bearers on the 3m length is perfect for supporting the Checkerboard tiles, Patio Deck Tiles and all Deckboards, 2.4m bearers are suitable for use with the Deckboards Installing your Pre-Notched deck kit has been made as simple as possible and installed in 3 easy steps!

    Building the decking area

    Step 1: Make sure the ground surface is level and cover with plastic sheeting or weed control fabric.

    Step 2: Make an outer frame, then slot the Easy Deck-Bearers into place, one-by-one. Fix together using Galvanised Screws or Decking Screws to each joint.

    Step 3: Fix your chosen decking on top of the Easy Deck-Bearers and e

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  9. Drainage for garden decking

    There has some press coverage suggesting that garden decking is partly to blame for flooding in the UK. This is a complex issue and clearly reducing the area available for drainage can't be helpful. But there are ways you can still get the decking area you always wanted, but also be mindful of the environment.

    Plan your garden

    The simplest solution to decking drainage would be to not cover too much of your gardens surface area with paving or decking. Or to set up a system to collect the water from your decking into a water butt.

    You can also slop the earth underneath your decking towards open ground, away from house walls. Installing french drains could be another solution.

    Use porous concrete

    When building garden paths or a hard standing for a greenhouse, shed or decking area, you may want to consider using porous concrete. This will allow better drainage under your decking area and will reduce the risk offlooding.

    Improving your

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  10. Taking care of your decking this summer

    This season is set to be a scorcher and the sun's intense rays can take its toll on our decking. Whether through fading, cracking through excessive dry air, or bleaching the original colour, homeowners will need to rethink their decking options this summer. Let's take a look at ways we can all keep our decks in tip top condition and free from the damage the sun takes on it regularly.

    Decking maintenance tips

    Cleaning

    The sun is more than just a life force for us: it's also the means by which mould and algae survive. This is exactly why it's important to clean decking as soon as visible signs of rot begin to appear. It's usually wise to try and do this twice a year (immediately before and immediately following the summer) as it will ensure the wood remains strong and impervious to atmospheric damage.

    It's a relatively simple process, too. Homeowners first begin the cleaning process by removing any large amounts of moss or algae by hand or using a s

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