Log burners and open fires have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. Andy Taylor explains how you can have a continuous supply of dry, well seasoned, wood by investing in a log store.
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.
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Robert Hall, senior partner at GardenSite.co.uk has been elected to sit on the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Judging Panel for 2017. The news was announced on 31st March 2017 on the GIMA website.
April, particularly if you are on holiday over Easter, is the time when gardeners, whatever their level of enthusiasm and skill, want to get into the garden. Andy Taylor looks at the gardening jobs that can be achieved this month.
With rising water temperature and kinder weather, April is a good month for pond maintenance and Dan Everton takes a look at the jobs that need to be done this month.
Pay attention to your lawn in the spring and Andy Taylor reckons you will receive dividends later in the year.