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.
With the Met Office announcing the winning names in their competition to give storms an identity, here are David Coton's top tips to avoid autumn storm damage and how to get an insurance quote if your greenhouse, shed or fencing are casualties of bad autumnal weather.
Naming storms will hopefully raise awareness of the damage they can cause, and now is the time to protect your garden buildings and, if the worst happens, to know how to deal with it and perhaps make an insurance claim.
Although bargains do undoubtedly crop up, the general rule is that the quality of a product is reflected in its price. Greenhouses and sheds that have been thoughtfully and well designed, built to a high standard, and use good quality materials, are well worth the extra expense.
Locate any structure in a sheltered position, however with greenhouses you may have to compromise, the most sheltered position won't be the sunniest. Siting the shed or greenhouse at right angles to the prevailing wind is another tip, so the wind goes over rather than through the structure. A greenhouse with its doors open in the face of a strong wind is also a recipe for disaster.
An evergreen hedge, something like a laurel, will protect your shed or greenhouse from strong gusts of wind. It's permeable, so will lessen the strength of the wind without re-directing and concentrating into a stronger gust. Windbreak netting is an instant solution and has the same effect as a hedge.
Replace any putty that has perished or clips that have gone missing. Any cracked glass should be renewed and always replace missing panes immediately.
Make sure that any structure is fixed to a stable, secure and level base. A base may come as an integral part of the structure or may have to be bought separately and should in turn be fixed to firm foundations.
If you live in a flood risk area, and five million people in the UK do, a drainage pump will be invaluable. Hozelock, Oase, AquaCharge and Bermuda have a varied selection of pumps and other equipment designed to empty flooded areas.
Look over a structure only after the storm has passed, repairing and replacing any missing or damaged fixtures and fittings, together with cracked or missing panes.
If you require a Garden Related Insurance Quotation, call our Garden Centre on 0121 355 7701 and we can help.
You can also do it online, simply find the items you require a quote on www.GardenSite.co.uk and add to your shopping basket. Once you have added all the items you want a quote for, click the “Quote me now” button in the basket and fill in your contact details.You will then receive a quotation reference and receive a quotation email.
With high winds increasingly affecting most parts of Britain, many people are likely to be contacting their insurance companies regarding damage caused to sheds, greenhouses, fences and other garden property. Robert Hall explains how GardenSite can help with an insurance quote and claim.
With gardens becoming smaller, neighbours closer and roads busier, we all suffer from different types of noise pollution. But, as Andy Taylor reports, Forest have now come up with a new kind of fencing that minimizes this nuisance.
Although gardening activity in February may not be so frenetic as during the summer months, there's still plenty to be done and Spring is just around the corner. Nathan James Dodd suggests the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.
Dan Everton helps you look after your pond during the February with some tips on the precautions you can take to avoid the water freezing over, and advice on keeping fish at this time of the year.