After the recent spell of hot weather, David Coton was glad to see the recent rain freshening up the Garden Centre and he has these suggestions for some of the jobs that need to be done during August.
Oase is a company that is passionate about water, with a huge range of products that will soon include a brand new indoor aquarium range. That's why I recently went over to Germany with my colleague Andrew Hall to visit their headquarters.
Based in Horstel, north west Germany, and founded just after the war, Oase have developed a big reputation for outdoor water installations, with impressive projects that interplay water with light and sound.
Then three years ago, after taking over Eden, an Italian manufacturer of high quality aquariums, they moved into the indoor aquatics market. Oase have subsequently developed the Eden range with the eventual aim of branding it under their own name.
Their intention to become a major player was further enhanced by the surprise acquisition of Reef One, manufacturers of the technologically advanced biOrb aquariums. 'A perfect fit' was how Oase's CEO described the biOrb purchase, with both companies striving for 'quality, unique design, service and innovation.'
I focussed with Andrew on the first major product launch of Oase's expanded operations, three Oase branded aquariums, internal and external aquarium filters, air pumps and sump pumps that are due to arrive in the UK in May
We also saw how other products such as Aquamax pumps, Filtral filters and Vitronic clarifiers are manufactured in a state-of-the-art environment.
Our attention was also drawn to the irrigations and drainage range that Oase has been working on. Marketed under the ProMax name, these products include clean and dirty water pumps together with garden and fountain pumps.
Suitable for various domestic and commercial applications from emptying swimming pools, relieving flooding to helping with recycling, these water pumps that will also be available on GardenSite soon after their UK launch.
As one of the few 5star retailers in the UK, GardenSite have been judged by Oase to have knowledgeable staff who deliver excellent customer service on a comprehensive range of products. The Oase range is available at our Aquatics Superstore in north Birmingham and also online through our Oase and BiOrb shops on GardenSite.
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.
David Coton suggests that there are plenty of gardening jobs that need to be done in November, from why you shouldn't throw away your fallen leaves to how to take care of your vegetable patch.
In October, David Coton is getting the garden prepared for the onset of colder weather but, at the same time, the arrival of spring bulbs in the garden centre is a reminder that you should also now be planning ahead for next year.
At GLEE this year David Coton visited the VegTrug stand to find out how their specially designed space saving planters can encourage us to grow more of our own food without the use of pesticides.