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 the timber used for decking should have been treated to ensure longevity, black mould seems an inevitable problem. David Coton has a few suggestions on how the mould can be prevented or the timber restored.
Decking is very versatile and adaptable, an ideal way to build a recreational or relaxation area on what may be difficult sites.
But it's a fact that all timber exposed to the weather is liable to develop black mould, especially if it's in a damp area with little air circulation or lack of direct sunlight. When water gets into the wood, it forms an inviting damp habitat for mould to proliferate.
To have the best chance of avoiding mould, only good quality timber should be used for decking. Wood used for Forest decking kits for example is kiln dried, structural grade and pressure treated, guaranteed against rot for fifteen years.
Once in place you should apply a decking protector. This will be absorbed into the wood and provide barrier against rainwater.
As an alternative, decking oils or stains will also penetrate into the timber, this time not only waterproofing but also enhancing its appearance.
One of these three types of preventative measures should be applied annually.
When mould becomes apparent, brush or scrap it off along with any other debris and apply a fungicidal wash or cleaner according to their instructions, then scrub with a stiff brush.
If you have allowed the decking to become very weatherbeaten, then use a brush or pressure washer to remove the mould and previously applied protection. Then apply restorer with a brush normal garden broom or brush, working it all over and well into the surface. You then wash the surface with a hose.
Let the surface dry for several days before adding one of the previously mentioned protectors.
You might not be familiar with the UK Men's Sheds Association but this is a fast growing organisation that, as David Coton discovered, encourages camaraderie and a sense of achievement among its members.
The Wildlife Aid Foundation recently purchased several animal ornaments from GardenSite and David Coton, one of our partners, thought that this charity carried out such terrific work that we made a charitable donation to assist with the cost.
With high winds increasingly affecting most parts of Britain, many people are likely to be contacting their insurance companies at some time regarding damage caused to sheds, greenhouses, fences and other garden property. Robert Hall explains how GardenSite.co.uk can help with an independent insurance quote and claim.
Here in Birmingham, the weather has been as changeable as ever, very warm just before Easter followed by a cold spell only last week. During May the threat of further frost will largely pass and, with spring well under way, Robert Hall is in no doubt that this is going to be a busy month in the garden.