The Forest Log and Tool Store is a handsome garden structure and, now that winter is approaching, a very useful acquisition. Martyn Loach purchased one recently and here he explains how it is assembled.
Many of the timber products that we sell on GardenSite are manufactured from pressure treated timber. On some occasions a substance similar to mould forms on the surface but, as David Coton explains, this is harmless and easy to remove.
The process involves submerging the timber in a container full of preservative solution. Pressure in the container is increased and the preservative forced into the wood.
After any excess preservative is drained, the timber is dried. It's at this stage that evaporating liquid leaves deposits on the surface of the timber.
These look like green/blue speckles (the same colour as the preservative) and can easily be mistaken for mould. Although when compared side by side, the difference between these speckles and mould is very apparent.
There's no need to worry as the speckles will disappear over time as the timber weathers. Alternatively, they can be removed either by pressure washing or light sanding.
During packing or storage, mould does sometimes occur if there isn't adequate air circulation. Again, this is nothing to be concerned about. The mould is only on the surface and not detrimental to the wood.
To remove it, just wipe with a damp cloth, brush or pressure wash the surface. You can also be reassured that when the product is assembled and in the open air, the mould will not return.
With Christmas rapidly approaching, our New Oscott Garden Centre has just taken delivery of that most seasonal of plants – the Poinsettia. These are David Hall's tips on to how to keep these beautiful plants at their colourful best.
Our garden centre has been part of the local community for over 60 years, so when one of our partners, David Coton, received a request to donate a Christmas tree to a nearby hospice, he had no hesitation in helping them out.
Many people believe that Christmas would not have the same festive feel without the scent of a 'real' Christmas tree. They're naturally fresh, giving off a lovely aroma, and here Martyn Loach gives advice on which ones to buy..
There's a huge selection of Premier Christmas Lights, and it's no wonder why they are market leaders judging by the variety and innovation that's on offer. This is Andy Taylor's guide to their range of top quality lights and decorations.