David Coton was recently invited to the exclusive launch of Grange's new products for 2018, the result of significant investment that the garden structures and fencing firm have received from their Polish parent company.
An exasperated lady writes, 'HELP! How can I keep wasps from eating my teak furniture? Here is Nathan James Dodd's reply
The reason why wasps like to munch through your timber is that they prefer making their nests from top quality material.
By chewing on the wood, they manufacture a pulp that's just right for the interior design they have in mind for their nest.
Your furniture won't suffer any structural damage, as the wasps only remove a thin layer from the surface, but the mottled scarring can be unsightly.
The obvious people to come up with an answer were Barlow Tyrie. Established in the 1920s, they have become the largest manufacturers of teak garden furniture in the world.
In the early spring, preferably before any wasps have descended on your furniture, and when the wood is perfectly dry, apply the solution with a lint free cloth.
After allowing to dry for 30 minutes, repeat the process.
Then after one hour the furniture can be exposed to the sun and rain. During the wasp season the treatment may have to be repeated.
The solution is invisible and the wood will continue to age naturally.
Buy it from garden centres and retailers.
In order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our wildlife, there's a selection of habitats and boxes you can purchase that are specifically designed to attract various small animals and insects to your garden. Here we look at some of the products available which also make unusual and very engaging gifts.
With warmer weather and an early Easter, the garden centre is busy at the moment with customers stocking up on summer bedding plants - snapdragons, cornflowers, cosmos, verbena, phlox, petunia, As well as filling planters, hanging baskets and borders with colour that will last all summer, there are always plenty of jobs to do in the garden during April and David Coton has these suggestions.
Every gardener must have noticed a decline in the bee population over recent years. Intensive farming that demands the use of toxic chemicals, climate change and parasite infestation have all been put forward as potential causes, it's a worrying trend but one that we can all help to reverse.
As an excellent alternative to conventional products, Trimetals' storage solutions blend top quality manufacture with contemporary style. Their range has now been extended to include two new maintenance free sheds and Robert Hall has all the details.