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.
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.
The weather forecast is for a sizzling summer and David Coton is already looking forward to preparing delicious barbecued food for his family and friends. Barbecues have become incredibly popular over recent years and here is David's guide on what to look out for when choosing one of these summer essentials.
Sheds of any kind are ubiquitous in the British garden and, due to their popularity, there are plenty to choose from. David Coton explores the basic considerations that need to be taken into account before purchasing one.
Robert Hall, senior partner at GardenSite.co.uk has been elected to sit on the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Judging Panel for 2017. The news was announced on 31st March 2017 on the GIMA website.