Boundary choices for a modern garden

Posted on July 15, 2021 at 11:08 am

In the UK most of our gardens have some type of boundary around them whether it be conifer or privet hedging or the common larch lap fencing but if you want to install or change the border to your property what are the advantages and disadvantages of fencing and hedging?

The majority of people who choose fencing over hedging do so because of the burden of pruning the hedge at regular intervals which in turn means having to own a hedge trimmer or employ a gardener to prune the hedge for you. There is also the problem of getting rid of the hedge trimmings which can be difficult if you do not have the means to transport them to a local recycling centre or do not have a kerbside collection service for garden waste. The upkeep of fencing on the other hand is more straight forward as painting or treating will only need doing every couple of years.

However, if you are concerned about the decline in natural habitats around the country you may be in favour of conserving hedgerows and garden hedges as they provide nesting sites for native birds and food and habitats for many insects and other small creatures. This may persuade you that the work involved in maintaining a hedge is worthwhile.

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Tips for watching wildlife in the garden

Posted on June 23, 2021 at 1:20 pm

If you think about installing a CCTV systems outside your home you usually do it to protect your property and garden but another much more enjoyable reason to have a CCTV system installed is to watch the wildlife visitors that appear in your garden both at night and in the daylight hours when no one is around to disturb them.

When you are deciding where to site the cameras, think about the areas that might attract birds and animals such as feeding stations, ponds and water features as the creatures come to feed or take a drink. You may be lucky enough to catch sight of mice and other small rodents or even a badger or fox if your garden is accessible to them.

In the autumn months you may catch some footage of hedgehogs looking for somewhere to hibernate for the winter. If it is possible to site a camera at ground level, there will be a greater chance of seeing wildlife up close.

Being able to monitor the species of bird that are using your bird table is really useful as you can adapt the food you put out to the species you want to attract, for instance mealworms and sunflower hearts are firm favourites of robins.

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Wrought Iron Style Metal Garden Railings: Substance and Style

Posted on January 30, 2021 at 9:51 pm

When choosing garden railings to enhance your property, wrought iron style railings are some of the most popular. This is because they offer both beauty and functionality in abundance, so they are an excellent decision for your property, whatever it is that you need to get from them. Wrought iron style metal railings are both classic and modern all at once, with a minimalist design but one that will never go out of fashion – and indeed, one that has already been in fashion for many years. If you want different designs with more decorative scrollwork, or you want something that is pared back and isn’t too exuberant, there will be an option for you. Metal railings can be used to form property boundaries, or they can be used to fence off particular areas of a garden in landscaping design, or they might just be used for creating an elegant entrance when coming into a property – first impressions are very important.

Why are Metal Railings a Good Option for your Property?

Metal railings can be used for both traditional and contemporary properties very successfully. Anything that you want from them, you will be able to get, as long as you choose high quality railings from a good supplier known for giving you the best value for your money.

These are some of the benefits you can enjoy through the use of metal garden railings:

  • They will give you more privacy when used at the entrance to your property or in the garden/outdoor area
  • They can help to improve security, especially when used in conjunction with brick walls
  • They have a solid metal frame to enhance their security and durability, as well as any infill bars and decorative elements
  • They look stunning, supplied with either a zinc plated powder coated finish, or available with a black primer
  • They are very good value for money compared to other security and decorative products

Choosing the Right Metal Garden Railings for your Property

First, you need to simply do your research and decide on the style of metal railing you want for your home. This will mainly come down to aesthetics, at least initially – your first lot of research should simply help you to decide what you want your railings to look like.

Then, once you are clear on the appearance of your railings and what you want to achieve with your property, you can begin to think about the practical elements too. This will include their installation, the way that you want them to be installed (alongside other fences, gates and walls) and the size that you will require. Some metal garden railings will be made to measure if you can’t find the right fit for your property.

Choosing Quality Metal Railings for your Property

If you want to find the highest quality metal railings possible, make sure you do your research, find a good supplier and ensure they can be delivered efficiently. Also make sure that they come ready to install so they will be easy for your to fit.

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Design your outside living space ready for the summer

Posted on January 26, 2021 at 3:40 pm

We are all looking towards the summer in the hope that all the restrictions will be lifted, and we can get back to socialising with our friends and family once again so why not spend this time redesigning and planning our outside living spaces ready.

The first thing to think about is how the outside space is used. Do you enjoy eating outside during the warmer months? If the answer to this question is yes, then think about having a table and chairs set that you can sit at to eat your meals instead of having to balance them on your lap. If on the other hand you prefer to sit out in the evenings with a drink to relax then garden furniture sets that include sofas and coffee tables may be more suited to you and your guests.

The sound of running water is always a lovely sound to hear when relaxing in the garden so think about installing a pond or water feature. Do not worry if you have a small garden as even a small water feature can bring a sense of calm and serenity to a seating area.

Plants are an essential part of any outdoor living area so think about planting aromatic flowers and herbs nearby which will give off a wonderful aroma in the space.

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Cheap Wooden Garden Fences

Posted on November 19, 2020 at 10:43 pm

There are various styles of garden fences that you can get, primarily made of either metal or wood as the two most common materials. Most people have a clear preference based on aesthetics – if your preference is for a wooden garden fence, then you will probably want the looks without having to pay over the odds.

Is it worth it to buy a cheap wooden fence for your garden? If a fence is too cheap, it may be flimsy and poorly made. From a reputable supplier or manufacturer though, a cheaper wooden fence should still be well made. Look at reviews, assess the quality of the products and find out whether they are the right ones for you. Balancing cost with a practical design and an attractive appearance is very important and with a little research, you will come to your own conclusions regarding wooden garden fences and their cost.

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