With Christmas and the New Year celebrations over with, it’s time to think about gardening trends for 2016, here’s what Nathan James Dodd foresees in the coming months.
GardenSite has recently supplied to St Paul’s and St George’s Church in Edinburgh with Verdepitch Top artificial grass for use in one of their Easter displays.
We were not aware at the time what the product was going to be used for, but we were lucky enough to receive a great photo from Fiona, the Director of Worship to show us the product in place.
We were taken back by the beauty of the building itself and how fabulous it looks, and we’re also very proud to see our product in place and in use in such a stunning building too.
Abbreviated by some as ‘Ps and Gs’ this church is a category A listed building which means it is protected and rightly so, built between 1816 and 1818 and extended in the 1890s it was originally known as St Paul’s Church but when they merged St Paul's with St George’s Church which was located in the same area, York Place. It then became known as St Paul’s and St George’s.
A £5.6 million renovation recently took place too, which improved the building itself and the facilities, it’s great to see historic building being looked after and preserved.
If you were offered some turf that was low maintenance, wouldn't turn brown if it didn't rain for a while, was free draining, could cope with the kids playing on it all day long and above all didn't need mowing, you'd probably say, 'Yes, I'll have some of that!'
And you can - very cost effectively. It's artificial, all weather, pet friendly, extremely hard wearing and looks likes the luscious green real thing. And if you want something out of the ordinary, choose another colour – these include yellow, black, red and many other shades to make your lawn stand out from the crowd.
Verde Artificial Lawns never need cutting or watering. They are designed to resist fading, staining and UV degradation and can be laid as a lawn, used by a pool, next to a spa or along a terrace. You can also think outside of the box and lay it in a child's bedroom or in a conservatory. This product is far more versatile than grass and can be used in so many more locations.
The best selling product with a short curled pile and a soft feel for both indoor and outdoor use.
A tougher 20mm pile. Infilled with silica it will prove to be more than a match for kids' football games and has been used on thousands of golf course pathways and private lawns.
A dense 30mm pile with a soft feel, made with two tone green polyethylene monofilament with a tan twisted root zone. Looks and feels like a luxurious lawn.
This has a tufted construction which combines low friction polyethylene and hardwearing polypropylene yarns. The pile is two tone and multi length to provides a non–abrasive surface.
Designed to offer a new dimension to your life with unique soft and dense dual coloured fibres that will inject colour into any environment.
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The grass comes in 2 or 4 metre wide rolls and supplied in lengths as requested. Plan the amount you need in the same way as you would turf.
The best surface to lay artificial grass on is unbound aggregate which drains well, is stable and reasonably level. If the surface is rough, it can be covered with coarse sharp sand.
Artificial grass can also be laid on a suitable hard (bound) sub-surface, preferably porous macadam but also asphalt or concrete. To assist with drainage there should be a 1:200 camber.
Paving slabs are not recommended as, with the passage of time, their pattern will show through. If the slabs can't be removed, cover with a thick layer of coarse sand.
You can lay grass on an existing lawn providing the drainage is satisfactory. However over time the grass underneath will decay causing unevenness. The problem can be overcome by removing the grass, compacting the soil base and covering with grit sand.
Joins are simply made by sticking the underside of the artificial grass to seaming tape with adhesive. Trimmed carefully, and checking that the pile is running in the correct direction, the panels should butt together. Because of the depth of the pile all joins should be invisible.
If installed on a hard surface such as concrete or decking, the artificial grass can be stuck with glue to keep in place. On an unbound surface it needs to be secured at the edges which might be formed by a kerb or 100mm x 25mm timber board. Alternatively the edge can be fixed under paving stones or below adjoining natural turf.
Closely tufted grasses do not require sand and should be fitted under tension. Sand filled grasses are covered with kiln dried silica sand according to the manufacturer's instructions, evenly distributed and then brushed into the pile. The weight of the sand will then hold everything in position.
It's untrue to say that artificial grass needs no maintenance. You must sweep away any debris, particularly leaves, and remove anything your pet may have left behind. Moss and any weeds that have self seeded must be treated with a proprietary killer and the dead material removed.
Now you can sit back and relax, no mowing for the next 10 – 15 years, in many cases even longer.
At this time of the year you'll find a fabulous selection of summer bedding at our Garden Centre in Birmingham. David Coton will be planting the bedding in containers this month to achieve a wonderful display of colour and here are some other jobs to do in the garden in June.
Elite Greenhouses have always been at the forefront of new design combined with an unrivalled user-friendly experience and the Edge has got it all.
There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, sound advice and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites during 2019.
Sometimes only the best will do. And if you are looking for the best domestic shed on the UK market it will probably be branded with the Biohort name and logo.