Top Tips and How To

  1. How to Attach Garden Trellis to a Fence Panel or Wall

    How to Attach Garden Trellis to a Fence Panel or Wall

    The Benefits of Garden Trellis

    Trellis, also known as lattice, not only looks attractive in its own right, it is also the perfect way to train climbers.

    This means that you can create a uniquely beautiful garden fence or add interest to an otherwise unremarkable brick wall.

    Trellis is a wonderful way to enhance your garden and, if you erect it correctly, you can enjoy its benefits for many years to come.

    The 5'11x3'11 Hidcote Decorative Diamond Wooden Lattice Trellis, fixed to a brick wall, with shrubs in the foreground.

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  2. Container Gardening - A Guide to Using Planters and Plant Containers

    Container Gardening - A Guide to Using Planters and Plant Containers

    Why Are Planters and Plant Containers So Useful?

    You’ve done it, I’ve done it - everyone’s done it. I’m on about buying a plant when you know that your garden is full.

    The plant is delivered and then you have to find a home for it.

    Or you may have a patio garden. All concrete and paving slabs. No greenery to be seen within the confines of your brick enclosure.

    Plants in round, plastic containers, situated on a patio, next to a fence.

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  3. Garden Arches as Focal Points in Your Garden Design

    Garden Arches as Focal Points in Your Garden Design

    Benefits of A Garden Arch

    With warmer weather upon us, now is the time to focus on the layout of your garden.

    A key component of garden design is the garden arch, which makes a wonderful way to frame a walkway or separate different sections of your outdoor space.  

    Whether you opt for a traditional wooden garden arch or prefer the more imposing style of metal garden arches, we have something to perfectly complement your own garden's design.

    So, why not make the most of your weekend and add instant appeal to your garden with one of our premium-quality garden arches?

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  4. Bug Hotels – How and Why to Build One

    Bug Hotels – How and Why to Build One

    Roll Out the Red Carpet for Insects

    Most bugs are great in the garden. Even the nasties are part of a bigger picture.

    You can help keep this all in a healthy balance, and get your garden looking great, by building a bug hotel. Welcome them in, carry their bags to their room and always be there when needed.

    You'll soon reap the benefits. 

    A close up of a bug hotel

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  5. 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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  6. How to Stop a Fence Rotting

    How to Stop a Fence Rotting

    When was the last time you inspected your garden fence for signs of rot and fungal decay?

    Oh, you can’t tell me? Tut-tut, that just won’t do.

    Unbeknownst to many, the greatest threat to any innocent run of garden fencing isn’t powerful, gale-force winds - extreme weather of this nature is so unlikely in this country - nor a swift, slat-splitting kick from a hooligan idly destroying every panel within a two-mile radius.

    No, the true arch-nemesis of your fence panels and posts is far more banal. Slowly it creeps, until your entire fencing run is consumed, rendering it useless, and your pockets empty. Rot, is the most perilous hazard facing your fence panels and posts.

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  7. How to Make the Most of Your Bedding Plants

    How to Make the Most of Your Bedding Plants

    When you read ‘bedding’ and think of fitted sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers then perhaps you need to check out the haberdashery department. But if bedding conjures up images of containers stuffed with plants in a colour scheme reminiscent of an explosion in a paint factory, then read on. 


     The 3 x 2 Rowlinson Marberry Barrel Planter

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  8. The Most Popular Climbing Plants and How to Care for Climbers

    The Most Popular Climbing Plants and How to Care for Climbers

    Bare walls, fencing and obelisks are just waiting for a climber or two. Or maybe three. This little lot will clothe your naked vertical surfaces in no time at all. And that can only be good news.









    clematis


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  9. 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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  10. How to Plant a Year-Round Hanging Basket

    How to Plant a Year-Round Hanging Basket

    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.

    3 hanging baskets, 1 containing orange and yellow trailing begonia, 1 containing white clematis, and 1

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