Attending Glee, the leading garden and leisure industry show, was a great opportunity for Nathan Dodd to spot trends and anticipate products that will come onto the market in the near future.
Very adaptable and the ideal answer if your garden is a challenging site, decking never seems to lose its popularity. If, like David Coton, you want decking that comes complete and is easy to install, then a kit is the perfect solution.
Forest, who are a well established supplier of quality timber products of all kinds, offer three decking kits.
With an attractive balustrade, the 8ft x 8ft Patio Decking Kit will form a very useful area for relaxation and entertaining friends. Made from smooth planed softwood timber, assembly is simple following detailed instructions.
As with all Forest kits, posts, rails, fixtures and fittings are all included and, as it's pressure treated and guaranteed for fifteen years, there is no need for the timber to have further treatment.
There's another kit of the same size that includes a pergola, again tremendous value for money. The 8ft x 8ft Patio Decking Kit with Pergola adds height and structure, shade will also be advantageous on a hot day. By hanging baskets from the pergola you'll will introduce colour and scent, making this a very pleasurable environment.
An 16ft x 8ft patio deck with pergola (shown in picture) is an impressive sight that will transform your garden. Again with a balustrade, you can perhaps dine under the pergola before stretching out on a lounger, topping up your tan in the full sun.
Hanging baskets and climbing plants, maybe a beautifully scented rose, can decorate the rafters of this imposing structure while pot plants can be placed around the decking. There's certainly plenty of room to create a wonderfully inviting area to spend your leisure hours.
With the minimum of preparation and following sensible precautions, there is no reason why a decking kit can't be assembled very efficiently even if you have minimal DIY skills. The result will be a good looking, practical, structure that will prove its worth over many years, adding value to your house and garden.
Create a Halloween party in your house or garden with ideas and suggestions from David Coton that will keep your children and neighbours thrilled and spooked on the 31st October.
Looking for some advice on how to decorate your garden for halloween? David Coton has some great ideas to help you create a horror themed garden to scare your neighbours and any trick & treaters who come to your door.
Used originally to frighten away evil spirits, now placed near the front door to deter trick or treaters, carved pumpkins have been part of Halloween for a very long time. Here Martyn Loach explains the process of creating the scariest pumpkin in your street.
To grow the biggest, scariest pumpkin in time for Halloween isn't easy as they take some time to mature and prefer a warm climate. To have the best chance of success Martyn Loach recommends sowing seed indoors during April and then planting out in late May or June.