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Enhancing your garden with a pond

For many people, their garden has become an extension of their house. They install mood lighting and comfortable garden furniture, a hot tub and barbeque and some even build themselves an outside bar area. Covered areas are created so that even if the weather is inclement time outside can still be enjoyed. A welcome addition to any desirable garden is a garden pond which can range from a small raised one on the patio or decking to a larger wildlife pond depending on the space you have available. Some householders are put off the idea because they worry about the upkeep of such a feature but once the initial pond is set up the ongoing maintenance can be minimal, and the enjoyment received far outweighs the effort required. Once you... Continue reading

Looking after your garden during a heatwave

With so many of us having spent weeks at home, our gardens have been used more than ever, especially if you have children who like to play outside. All this extra traffic can be detrimental to the health of our gardens and it is important that you spend some time every day looking after your lawn to help maintain it. Play equipment can be awful for gardens, if you don’t move it around often enough it will kill the grass off that is under it. Ideally, if you have a patio area, at the end of every day you should try and move as many items off the grass as possible. This is also a great time to water the garden especially during dry spells or heatwaves. If you have... Continue reading

What are the Main Differences Between European Oak and American Oak Flooring?

American oak flooring is a beautiful type of hardwood flooring that is widely used in the UK and Europe, despite its origins being a little further afield. You can source quality, sustainable American oak floorboards from a variety of European suppliers who will be able to offer a full delivery service for your floorboards. However, some people wonder what the difference is between American oak flooring and European oak flooring, and which option they should choose. It’s important to understand that oak is a very strong, beautiful, resilient type of hardwood that makes excellent flooring. Both American and European oak will work very well to make stunning floorboards in any home. The choice purely comes down to personal preference. People who choose American oak do so because they like the... Continue reading

Enjoying your garden this summer

With summer well on the way and the UK still in a lockdown, many of us are looking to our gardens to be able to enjoy the summer weather. Regardless of the size of your garden there are always things you can do to try and improve the way it looks and ensure you have areas where you can just sit and enjoy a cup of tea or have a place where the children can play. You may want to start by doing some weeding and mowing the lawn if you have one. You would be surprised how much of a difference this alone can make. After this you may wish to start to set up your designated areas and decide what you are going to have where. If you... Continue reading

Outdoor Living Made Easier with Garden Awnings

Homes that game with a substantial garden are highly desirable and many people want the option to spend more of their time out of doors, upping the outdoor indoor ratio of their homes. Garden awnings are a staple of modern outdoor life, offering a covering that makes your outdoor space more flexible. Enjoying the sunshine and want to have uninterrupted sun? Great, you can retract your awning to get more sun. Need some shade? Simply fold the awning back out again and you will get the shade you need. If you want to spend more time out of doors, this is a great ambition to have. Going outside has been linked to better mental health and spending time outside is very important for everyone. An awning can certainly help you... Continue reading
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