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.
Very adaptable and the ideal answer if your garden is a challenging site, decking never seems to lose its popularity. If, like David Coton, you want decking that comes complete and is easy to install, then a kit is the perfect solution.
Forest, who are a well established supplier of quality timber products of all kinds, offer three decking kits.
With an attractive balustrade, the 8ft x 8ft Patio Decking Kit will form a very useful area for relaxation and entertaining friends. Made from smooth planed softwood timber, assembly is simple following detailed instructions.
As with all Forest kits, posts, rails, fixtures and fittings are all included and, as it's pressure treated and guaranteed for fifteen years, there is no need for the timber to have further treatment.
There's another kit of the same size that includes a pergola, again tremendous value for money. The 8ft x 8ft Patio Decking Kit with Pergola adds height and structure, shade will also be advantageous on a hot day. By hanging baskets from the pergola you'll will introduce colour and scent, making this a very pleasurable environment.
An 16ft x 8ft patio deck with pergola (shown in picture) is an impressive sight that will transform your garden. Again with a balustrade, you can perhaps dine under the pergola before stretching out on a lounger, topping up your tan in the full sun.
Hanging baskets and climbing plants, maybe a beautifully scented rose, can decorate the rafters of this imposing structure while pot plants can be placed around the decking. There's certainly plenty of room to create a wonderfully inviting area to spend your leisure hours.
With the minimum of preparation and following sensible precautions, there is no reason why a decking kit can't be assembled very efficiently even if you have minimal DIY skills. The result will be a good looking, practical, structure that will prove its worth over many years, adding value to your house and garden.
Looking to buy a timber planter but not sure what to purchase? David Coton provides some helpful advice on the many different designs that are available and how they can transform your patio and garden.
With spring well under way, you may be considering buying a greenhouse, Andy Taylor tells you how this will increase your chances of successfully growing a wider variety of plants over a longer period of time.
March is the time when spring arrives and you can enjoy getting back into your garden. Andy Taylor looks at what gardening jobs can be done now the days are getting warmer and lighter outside.