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Wood vs composite decking?

To determine which type will work best for your lifestyle and budget we will compare wood and composite decking.
Wood decking is typically more budget-friendly than composite decking although we would always recommend going with a high-end wood, this will expand lifetime and minimise damage/chips or cracks.

Wood decking requires more maintenance than composite decking – we recommend to stain and seal every 3 years. Composite decking although virtually maintenance-free does still require cleaning, brushing regularly. Composite decking will fade over time if placed in direct sunlight – wood decking is much easier to bring back to life.

Ultimately there isn’t a huge difference between both apart from aesthetically – the deciding factor usually boils down to which one looks better to you. Composite decking comes in a range of colours which may suit your garden better.

How to keep your grass green

Yellowing and patchy grass is not aesthetically pleasing for anyone. Keeping your grass green, full and fresh can be a time-consuming task but completely worth it. Follow these simple steps to ensure your lawn looks fantastic.

– Fertiliser – we advise to start a fertiliser routine in winter but if you haven’t already done this you can start from March, you should use a quick release, high nitrogen fertiliser.
– Weed and moss control – the greenest lawns are the ones free from weeds and moss. Using a weed killer once or twice a year will help eliminate weeds. You should avoid using killers on a hot day as this can kill your grass.
– Water – in dry spells its important to keep your lawn hydrated, a hose or sprinkler system will do the job.
– Seeding – applying new grass seed will quickly bring back the green back to your garden.

A Guide to Growing Grape Hyacinth

The grape hyacinth is aptly named: its blooms look like lots of small grapes, whilst also resembling the overall shape of the traditional hyacinth. It is an easy flower to grow in locations around the garden, from borders to planters, and it isn’t especially fussy about soil either. It will grow well in any kind of soil that is relatively well draining and gives it enough nutrients.

Grape hyacinths are small and only grow to a maximum of about 8 inches in height, so you should be careful not to plant them somewhere too shady. Make sure they will get plenty of natural daylight and give them space to grow. It also might be a good idea to plant them away from other plants and flowers because they can spread very quickly, invading the space of others. This is also why people often grow them in pots, or let them naturalise in a lawn.

Wildflower Turf – Beautiful and Natural

Wildflower turf is the natural alternative to normal grass. It is essentially the same as turf, but with wildflower seeds that will bloom into a beautiful flower garden, complete with many different varieties of flower. This will add colour and interest to a garden of any size, making it something a little bit different to your usual lawn.

Wildflower turf is perfect for people who love nature, as it will attract many kinds of animals and insects. One of the most notable types of insect you might find is a bee, which will be attracted to the pollen in your flower garden. The bees will help to pollinate flowers as well, so that they continue to flourish. You might also spot butterflies, especially if you have other kinds of plants in your garden as well, like perennials and annuals. All will contribute to making your garden a lovely natural environment.

Buying V Tongue and Groove Cladding

Cladding can be used on buildings, outdoor structures and outbuildings to give them a neat, uniform and aesthetically pleasing appearance. It can help give buildings a longer lifespan, as well as making them look their best – without having to make too much effort. This effort can be further minimised if you use an appropriate type of cladding that won’t be too difficult to install, like V tongue and groove cladding. Slotting together easily to form a solid structure around the outside of the building, tongue and groove cladding is practical, simple and will give you good value for money when used correctly.

Your cladding is an important aspect of a building. It might be used on garden buildings and outbuildings, like sheds and wooden garages. It might also be used on summer houses, cabins and annexes, so it needs to be high enough quality to provide enough insulation and the right kind of environment for your property. These kinds of properties are actually lived in, used as dwellings for expanding the footprint of your home, making the quality of the components used within the building all the more important. It would be pointless having a well built log cabin covered in subpar cladding.

Sourcing V tongue and groove cladding

You can find tongue and groove cladding in many places on the internet and in physical shops. There are various options available, with different types of wood being used for different effects. Often V tongue and groove cladding will be made from softwood, like spruce, pine or cedar.

V tongue and groove cladding isn’t the most expensive kind you can buy, but it isn’t cheap either. This is because a lot of manufacturing will go into the cladding itself, making the tongue and groove shape and making it easier to fit. This makes the cladding suitable for home DIY jobs, as well as for professionals who need cladding that can be put up quickly.

The benefits of choosing tongue and groove cladding

These are some of the reasons why you might choose tongue and groove cladding over other types of cladding:

  • Easier to install. The tongue and groove shape makes it easier to slot this cladding together. It can be suitable for DIY projects if you follow instructions carefully. You won’t need to have lots of prior experience.
  • A neater finish. The tongue and groove application means the cladding slots together easily, hiding obvious joins and creating a neater finish. If you want uniform cladding for aesthetic purposes, this could be exactly what you are looking for.
  • Good value. It’s easy to buy tongue and groove cladding online or in shops, allowing you to enjoy excellent value for money. If you don’t want to spend too much, there are plenty of opportunities to do some pricing research first.
  • Environmentally friendly. Most tongue and groove cladding is sourced from sustainably grown softwood. Check the specific environment credentials before you commit to purchasing V tongue and groove cladding from a particular supplier or retailer.

Using Domestic Umbrellas in your Garden

Umbrellas – they don’t just have to be for the rain. They can be permanent or semi permanent fixtures in your garden as well, designed to shade you from the sun as well as giving you some protection from the wind or drizzle. You can put them up in the centre of a table, the more traditional way of having an umbrella in your garden, or if you wanted a bigger umbrella, you could have it freestanding, or attached to the side of a building. However you decide to use an umbrella, it can give you a considerable amount of use of your garden, making it much easier for you to get more out of it.

Many domestic umbrellas can be bought relatively cheaply from places like garden centres or DIY shops. If you want a more professional type of umbrella, you can approach an awning supplier or retailer, who will have a better grade of umbrella.

Do you Need Planning Permission for a Glass Room?

Often, you will not need planning permission to build a glass room, which is one of the major benefits of this type of construction. You will be able to simply build the glass room onto the side of your house, as long as it is within your own property and garden. Glass rooms are much easier to build than conservatories and extensions for this reason, and it will help you to complete the project quickly and efficiently. 

It is always worth making sure that you will not need planning permission before you enlist a glass room installer. This will ensure you have everything you need to begin the project and you won’t be held up. You should check with your solicitors about the issue of planning permission and if you find that you are going to need it, they will be able to help you submit calculations and get the permissions you need.

Glass Verandas – a Garden Addition with a Difference

Most of the additions you make to your garden will help to make it prettier. Verandas are a bit different as not only will they make your garden more attractive, they will also help to make your space more versatile and give you more options for using your outside space productively.

Glass verandas are generally permanent structures that are installed over a patio or decking area. They will give you an element of protection when there is sun, rain or wind, making it more comfortable for you to be outside. You may also be able to install adjustable parts, like sliding side doors for extra protection or a fabric roof that will come of for extra sun protection.

If you are considering a veranda for your home or business, it will help to make your outdoor space more inviting and easier to use. Contact a veranda and awning specialist and ask for a survey.

Glass Room vs Conservatories

A conservatory and a glass room seem like fundamentally the same thing. Both are made predominantly of glass, both let you enjoy your garden more and both can be a pleasant place to relax or entertain within your home. If you aren’t sure which one you should choose for your home, here is a brief summary.

A glass room is a more seamless option. It will sit on the side of the house with minimal lines and very few interruptions, giving you beautiful views over your garden and the outdoors. It won’t usually require planning permission to build.

A conservatory is a more solid structure. Made primarily out of brick, it incorporates a lot of glass but is still essentially a part of the building. It will usually use the same kind of stone or brick in order to fit in with the building. It will make use of skylights to bring light in from above.

Wildflower Turf for a Natural Garden

Wildflower turf gives you the opportunity to create your very own flower meadow in your garden. The turf grows many different types of flower and is the perfect way to give your outdoor space a more natural appearance.

Wildflower turf is much easier to establish than wildflower seeds. These can be difficult to grow for even the most experienced gardener. Wildflower turf is a much more appealing option as it won’t need a lot of care and attention to keep it strong and healthy. You will be able to mow your lawn as usual and you won’t even need to have especially fertile soil.

One of the great beauties of wildflower turf is the nature it will attract to your garden. It’s very good for the environment and will help bees, butterflies and many different species of birds and mammals to thrive and enjoy the environment you have provided for them.