Garden Design

  1. Paint or Stain a Fence – The Best Way to Care for Fencing

    Paint or Stain a Fence – The Best Way to Care for Fencing

    Why should I paint or stain my fence? 

    Any high-quality wooden fence you buy will carry a guarantee against rot and fungal decay. That’s because, prior to your purchase, the wood will have undergone one of two types of protective treatment: dip treatment or pressure treatment. 

    Dip treated wood will need re-treating annually for the preservative to remain effective. Pressure treated wood, although not for a considerable amount of time, will eventually need re-treating too. There’s no escaping it; at some point or another, all wood needs protecting from rot, insects, wear and tear if it is to remain healthy and main

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  2. Never Underestimate the Importance of a Garden Gate

    Never Underestimate the Importance of a Garden Gate

    Here at Buy Fencing Direct, we believe that your garden space should have equal status to any of the rooms inside your four brick walls. A room without a door would be unusual, to say the least, but if that ‘room’ is your garden space, which borders the outside world, it is unthinkable. This is what makes the garden gate so important, for a wooden gate is one of the main entrances to your property and helps form people’s first impression of your home. That’s not to say a wooden gate is purely for aesthetic appeal, far from it, for in a place as busy as the garden, practicality is also an essential requirement.

    Considering garden gates’ importance, therefore, we are proud to have a superb range of gates for sale, including traditional wooden gates,

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  3. How to Use Trellis in the Garden

    How to Use Trellis in the Garden

    What sets a good garden apart from a great one? This simple question will doubtless receive countless answers, all of which could be right. But one answer that will crop up more often than most is trellis, often referred to as lattice. This criss-cross patterned frame is an incredibly simple idea, yet both remarkably elegant and wonderfully diverse too, allowing you to display truly beautiful plants in areas of the garden that might otherwise be out of bounds.  

    Trellis is a wonderful way to make a garden great

    At Buy Fencing Direct, we love garden trellis so, understandably, stock a superb range of trellis panels and products,

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  4. Top 10 Ideas for Garden Decking

    Top 10 Ideas for Garden Decking

    There aren’t many better ways to transform your garden than with decking boards. Coming in a range of styles, they are suitable for a vast array of innovative garden projects. Let’s take a look at some of the many uses for decking now, in our Top 10 Ideas for Garden Decking.

    Wood decking


    No. 10 – A vantage point to admire fish in your pond

    There’s something special about a wood deck placed next to water, isn’t there? Not only do they look attractive, decking boards also provide you with a stable, secure vantage poi

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  5. A Hanging Basket Can Be for Life, Not Just Summer

    A Hanging Basket Can Be for Life, Not Just Summer

    Sure, a stuffed-out, summer-flowering hanging basket in full flow is a joy when hanging from a secure bracket on a well-maintained fence. But once autumn arrives, the plants fade and are consigned to the compost bin, what happens then? Of course, you can replace it with a winter basket. And that will last until spring, then begin to look a little tatty before summer bursts back on the scene. Or...you can plant up one basket to last the whole year round.

    Hanging baskets

    A good-sized basket is best. The compost doesn’t dry out as quickly and you can get more in there! Then a little bit of planning and planting and a 12-month-of-the-year display is possible:

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  6. Fencing Ideas for Your Front Garden

    Fencing Ideas for Your Front Garden

    After last summer’s project, your back garden now boasts a magnificent run of fencing; six-foot fence panels, gravel boards, matching fence posts and even finials beautifully frame your lawn, flower beds and vegetable patch. How about your front garden though? A threadbare garden hedge that’s been there for as long as you can remember? Clearly its time for an upgrade – wooden fence panels are the solution.

    Wooden fence panels required

    Featheredge and close board fencing

    Perhaps you live on a main road and have children or pets to look after? The best fe

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  7. Fencing - The Choice is Yours

    Fencing - The Choice is Yours

    Well, obviously the choice is yours as no one can force fencing onto you and your garden. But the choice is dazzling. So, here’s how to weave your way through to your fencing Utopia.

    For me the first thought is, ‘What do I want the fencing to do?’ It could be a straightforward answer such as ‘to mark the boundary between my neighbour and me’. It may be something along the lines of ‘I need to support a rampant clematis currently sprawling over the soil’ or even ‘something to disguise where the bins hang out’. There’s even a new fence panel designed to answer that persistent and ever-growing problem of noise! Once you’ve decide

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  8. 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

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  9. 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.

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  10. How to make a trellis for your garden fence

    There are lots of situations where you need a little bit of extra height for your fence. But rather than taking a whole panel out and replacing with something taller, it may be more cost effective to add a little bit of trellis to the top of an existing fence. It will afford some added privacy and allow you to grow taller climbing plants. You should only fix trellis to sound fence panels - so always check for any signs of rot in panels and posts before attempting trellis projects.

    The first thing you have to consider is the weight of the trellis. Plonking trellis on top, screwing down and expecting it to stay put in even the slightest of breezes is optimistic, to say the least. You need to fix battens to the existing posts (easy if they are wooden – drilling is required if they are concrete) to provide an upright structure to which the trellis can be attached. This is because existing posts will no doubt be cut to the size of the fence panel. Once battens are in place

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