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Decking Ideas For the Summertime

Are you thinking of adding some decking to your garden? Summer is finally here and the sun is shining and there is no better time to transform your garden into an outdoor paradise.

If you need some inspiration Weston Sawmill have got you covered with this post giving you all the information you need.

Taking your decking to the next level

You can lay decks at different heights and levels, depending on the shape and surface of your garden.

A raised deck is the best option for sloped or uneven gardens to create a flat surface for a dining table or a seating area. If you build a tall enough frame, you can even use the space underneath your decks for additional garden storage.

A ground-level deck keeps your surface flat in the garden and is more straightforward to install than raised decks.

Choosing the best shape for your garden

You need to be open-minded when it comes to the shape of your decking and design it to best fit the space you have available. Rectangular or square-shaped decks are traditional and create clean, angular lines in your garden whereas straight-edged decks are easier to construct than one with a curved edge.

Decks with a curved edge help to create a softer finish to your garden plus it looks great with bark, gravel or grass against the curved edge.

Bring colour to your garden

Our timber deck boards can be painted or stained with decking paint, which is available from most DIY retailers. For a contemporary and stylish finish go for a black and grey or merge navy and white for a nautical design.

For a two-tone look, you could paint the deck boards different colours to the railings or balustrades around it. Complementary colours such as greys and whites are a great choice or you could mix it up with a bold colour contrasting with natural wood.

Get in touch with any questions

If you have any questions about Weston Sawmill’s range of decking boards, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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What Can I Use Postcrete For?

Weston Sawmill offers 20kg bags of Postcrete, which is a ready-to-use blend of selected sand, cement and additives formulated for fixing wooden, concrete and metal posts.

The beauty of Postcrete is that is ready to use straight out of the bag, with no mixing required.

Using Postcrete for Sitework

Here is a simple guide to using Postcrete –

  • Dig your hole to the correct depth and width relevant to post size
  • Fill the hole with water to a third of the depth
  • Pour the mix evenly around the post until no standing water is visible, meaning it completely covers the water surface. Also, sprinkle water on top of the powder.
  • Position and level the post as required, with the setting taking place within 5-10 minutes.
  • When set, cover the top of the hole with soil or grass

Make sure you do not mix Postcrete with water by hand or machine.

It is packed in new weatherproof packaging and needs to be handled and stored with care as it is a cement-based material. It can be stored, unopened in either indoor or outdoor conditions, with information on the maximum storage located on the bag itself.
Remember, all equipment should be cleaned with water and not flushed down the drain.

Health and Safety Advice

Contact between cement powder and body fluids, such as sweat and eye fluids may cause irritation, dermatitis or burns. Cement is classified as an irritant under the Chemical (Hazard Information and Packaging) Regulations.

Contact Weston Sawmill with any queries

If you have any questions about Postcrete or gravel packs, please do not hesitate to get in touch now. Weston Sawmill has been providing a host of garden solutions for clients across Shropshire and Staffordshire since 1993, including decking, fencing and all aggregates to ensure you have the complete solution for your outdoor space.

If you need further inspiration, please read more of our blog posts.

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Telltale signs you need new fencing

Wooden fences, when cared for properly can last up to 20 years but there is a time when you will need to replace them. This is where Weston Sawmill comes in handy.

We have been providing customers right across Shropshire with high-quality fencing, including premier overlap panel and sturdy close board panel fences.

5 reasons you to replace your fencing

Most fences will likely last around 10 years, but how do you know when it is time for something new? Here are five tell-tale signs you need to replace your fence instead of repairing it again –

Rotting – While one rotten board is one thing, generalised rotting in your fence means it is time to replace it. In wooden fences, the rot will happen in areas where the fence is closest to the ground. This is where the boards experience the most sustained moisture which accelerates rot. Rot can be prevented with regular maintenance and by applying a preservative. Nature will eventually take its course and rotting will begin in fence posts and boards.

Leaning – Wind, rain and shifting ground can cause your fence to lean off to one side because the general structure is losing strength. Slight leaning in only one section can be repaired by replacing or adjusting a few fence posts. Please note, that generalised leaning across the fence is a sign of irreparable damage.

Splits and Missing Boards – One split or missing board can be easily replaced. Lots of split and missing boards mean it is time to start over. Not only will this ruin your aesthetic appeal but it will also result in structural problems.

Loose and Missing Fasteners – Screws and nails could become loose or even fall out of your fencing over time. These can be replaced, although over time the wood may not be able to withstand a new screw or nail. If your fence has started to be wobbly due to loose and missing fasteners, it is useless to try and replace them all.

Repairs become too costly – When repairs start to become costly it is time to invest in a new fence.

Get in touch for more information

If you have any questions about fencing, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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Everything You Need to Know About Garden Swing Seats

Garden swing seats from Weston Sawmill are ideal for relaxing outdoors with their hanging structures designed to swing gently back and forth.

We will tell you everything you need to know about choosing the best garden swing seat for this blog.

First Considerations for Garden Swing Seats

It is important to choose a garden swing seat that matches the style of your garden or decking area. Seats are traditionally rectangular, while it is possible to find some swing seats with rounded edges for a softer and slightly different look. Wooden models tie in perfectly with a rustic theme but make sure the material is looked after.

The amount of outdoor space will dictate the size of your swing. Two or three-seater swing seats are quite common but it is also possible to find single swing chairs.

If you want to stretch out, some swings come with four seats just be sure to check the maximum load supported by the swing.

Generally speaking, the comfort of your swing seat depends on how cushioned it is, so pay attention to the seat padding at the quality of the fabric.

Wooden Swings Explained

Wooden swings provide a warm and natural look that will complement your garden. If you choose wood, it’s important to know the different resistances to moisture, insects and fungi.

You will also need to keep on top of treating your wood and use the correct product for the timber, whether this is wax, oil, varnish or wood brightener.

Contact us for more information

If you have any questions about wooden swing seats from Weston Sawmill, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us now.

Weston Sawmill is the leading supplier of fencing, decking and any other garden furniture for customers across Shropshire. Visit our Facebook page to browse our latest projects.

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How To Care For Your Wooden Garden Furniture

Depending on how long you want to keep it, wooden garden furniture can be a serious investment. While some customers choose to buy new furniture pieces every year, most decide to keep our products in their gardens for years. And while our products have been carefully treated to extend their life times, there are some important steps you can take to care for your wooden garden furniture. 

In order to keep your wooden furniture looking good for as long as possible, we’ve compiled this brief guide. 

Keeping Your Wooden Furniture Covered Up 

Depending on the time of year it’s very likely that your wooden garden furniture will be left to the elements for weeks and months at a time. As well as moss and insects (which we’ll discuss lower down) this can attract wood rot — a fungus which grows into damp wood and slowly devours it. If left untreated, wood rot can lead to a situation where your furniture is totally unusable.

While there are a number of products you can get to treat your wooden furniture, the easiest way of keeping it free from wood rot is to keep it covered and away from moisture. The best material to do this with is a large plastic tarp sheet — preferably a translucent or transparent one. This will allow light through and discourage insects from nesting on your furniture.

While covering your furniture won’t totally keep it free from insects and other plants, it’s a big part of keeping your furniture looking pristine for as long as possible.To learn how to keep your wood free from insects and other pests, scroll down. 

Keeping Your Wooden Furniture Free From Pests

By far the most important part of maintaining your wooden garden furniture is making sure it’s free of pests. 

As previously mentioned, depending on the time of year, it’s very likely that your furniture will be absorbing a lot of moisture from the rain — which will attract a number of pests and make it the ideal home for moss. The UK is home to multiple species of insects that live and feed off wood — including Wood Boring Weevils and the Death Watch Beetle. 

Because of this, it’s important to treat your furniture every so often. We recommend you only use green insecticides and pesticides on your furniture. This is because these products keep your wood free of insects without harming any insects that want to make your furniture their home. Likewise, only using green pesticides will save the rest of your garden from any possible cross contamination. 

It’s important to read the instructions before applying any pesticide and insecticide. Do not use your wooden furniture immediately after using any pesticide or insecticide products. For more information on why it’s a good idea to use green pesticides, click here.

Keeping Your Wooden Furniture Clean & Looking Good

The final part of keeping your new garden furniture looking good for as long as possible is to make sure it’s cleaned to a good standard. You don’t need to clean your wooden furniture too often — especially in Autumn or Winter. Typically, it’s a good idea to give it a deep clean at the start of Spring and then again every couple of months, until the weather starts to turn. 

Your wooden furniture isn’t hard to clean. All you need is a couple of things: 

  • Sandpaper
  • Hot water
  • Soap
  • Bucket 
  • Sponge
  • Hardwood cleaning fluid

To start with, pour the hot water and the hardwood cleaner together into the bucket, making sure you follow the instructions provided in order to get the ideal mix. 

Use your sponge to cover your garden furniture with the water-hardwood cleaner mix — making sure to cover the entire surface. When you’re done, leave the furniture to dry. Depending on the temperature and weather conditions, this may take up to several days. 

When your furniture is fully dry, take your sandpaper and gently apply it to the surface of the piece. Not only will this keep the surface of your furniture looking fresh and free of ugly blemishes, but it will also make sure that pests will be kept away. 

You may have to repeat this process before you get the desired effect. You may also need to sand the surface of your furniture more than once depending on your desired effect. 

Depending on your preferences, you may wish to let your wooden furniture age naturally. If you decide this is for you, we encourage you to use hardwood oil after sanding your furniture. This will preserve that natural palatina look that comes with age. 

Contact Us 

If you have any further questions about how to care for your wooden garden furniture, contact us today and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Revamping Small Spaces Outdoors with Weston Sawmill

Here at Weston Sawmill, we know all about transforming gardens and other outdoor spaces, so if you are struggling for inspiration we have got you covered.

For this blog, we will share some tips from our team of experts to help you create the garden of your dreams.

Creating Boundaries with Quality Fencing

High-quality fencing provides the ‘walls’ to our gardens, but they can also have multiple functions. While the ultimate goal is to define the space, they also help screen out noise, frame views and provide a surface over which plants can clamber.

Create a Plan

Gardens can fulfil a number of functions and working out the main purpose of your garden will ensure a successful design. For example, do you want to grow your own veg or do you want a lazy space that is surrounded by scented flowers? Honing your wish list is the key to adapting the space to match your lifestyle.

Look to the past for inspiration

Space can be at a premium in smaller gardens so it is best to treat your garden as another room in your house. No matter the size, a small pocket of land can be transformed into an outdoor paradise. Greening up your garden area offers a balm to the senses, a private place to sit, play, garden and enjoy the sunshine plus you can help mitigate pollution and reduce climate change.

Be flexible with your ideas

If you spot a garden idea at a show and wanted to replicate it in your outdoor space, always be flexible with your design concept. A lot will depend on your willingness to take the plunge and if you are able to source the correct materials. When looking at different types of fencing and decking, Weston Sawmill will be able to help.

For a full-scale revamp, it could be worth planning in stages over a number of seasons.

Get in touch with Weston Sawmill

If you have questions about revamping your garden ready for summer, please do not hesitate to contact Weston Sawmill today.

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Find Everything You Need For Your Garden Online and In-Store

Here at Weston Sawmill we are well known across Shropshire and Staffordshire for having a great selection of sawn timber, fencing, gates and a wide variety of timber furniture. But did you know about some of the smaller offerings that we have available?

Logs And Coal

We know we’re entering the warmer weather and fewer people will be looking for logs and coal, but how about your outdoor fire pits?

During summer more of us are starting to spend time in our gardens. Even in the summer, as the sun starts to dip behind houses or the trees it can start to get a bit cooler. So when you want to continue to enjoy the great outdoors, why not get the fire pit going and not only enjoy the warmth but the stunning light from the dancing flames?

Year-round we have a selection of coals and logs ready to go, meaning that you will always be able to light that fire. Check out our blog on Garden Firepits.

Garden Tools

As many of our products have been designed to be outdoors and in the garden, we want to ensure that you can get as many of the items you need straight from us. This includes garden tools. From the shovels to fill your new raised flower beds, to small handheld tools to help with your weeding.

Accessories

When it comes to starting your own projects in the garden, there are a few things that you might need. Don’t forget your weatherproof screws and nails. After all, aren’t they just as important as the wood itself in some projects?

We also have barbed wire in store, allowing you to add a touch of security where you need it. Please be aware that some areas have restrictions on how and where you can use barbed wire.

Bird Care

Birdcare is a year-round activity, from ensuring that our feathered friends have enough to eat in the winter, to somewhere to sleep and even somewhere to have a bath in the summer. Read more about Bird Care With Weston Sawmill.

Gifts

If you’re coming to visit us to collect your new bench, of your selection of wood, you might want to have a browse through our gift area too. Our selection of gifts has something for everyone, so if you’ve forgotten a birthday, or you have a special occasion coming up, you might just find that stand out gift.

Our collections change, so it’s always worth a browse when you come to visit.

A visit to Weston Sawmill might just surprise you with some of the ranges that we have available. If you are looking for something in particular, you can always get in touch with us in advance of your visit and we can advise you of stocking levels. Check back to our blogs regularly for more information and ideas.

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Bird Care With Weston Sawmill

Birds play an important part of British wildlife, and what better way to enjoy them by making them feel welcome in their garden. So sit back on your new bench and enjoy watching the little birds flutter past.

Bird Feeding

While we always encourage people to feed birds in the winter when it’s harder for them to forage, it doesn’t mean you should stop when summer comes back around. Over time birds build their homes near places where they can get a secure source of food. This means when you regularly make food available all year round they will be nesting nearby.

Different birds have different feed needs and feeder requirements. So if you are looking for a variety of birds in your garden, make sure you have a variety available. However, we know that many people would like to discourage some birds like pigeons and magpies, so why not keep an eye out for other birds that are coming into your garden and target your feeding just for them.

Research the birds before you go ahead and target them, some will prefer tiny seeds, whereas others will prefer fat balls.

You may also need to consider your feeders, squirrels will take all the nuts and seeds they can get to, so if you want to solely feed the birds look at squirrel proof feeders.

Bird Tables

Bird tables also make a great place for you to spread out some seeds and allow any size bird (or squirrels) to help themselves. But did you know that it also makes a great place to offer your birds some bedding?

When it comes to nesting, birds will spend a long time searching for the best bedding they can find. By using a bird table with a roof you can supply them with an offering of dry bedding. It also means that again they are likely to nest nearby, which is great if you have birdhouses up.

Bird Houses

Just like bird feeding, bird housing will vary greatly depending on the types of birds that you get in your garden. Smaller birds will often avoid larger birdhouses as they do not feel as safe, and some birds just prefer nests over houses. Again, we recommend keeping an eye out on your garden to find which birds you are attracting and choose your house accordingly.

There is a common misconception that you put a birdhouse in your garden and they will come. Sadly, it also takes a bit of patience and feeding before birds will happily nest in a new house. Birds are very weary over going into a new birdhouse in case it is already occupied. So they will often scope it out over a long period of time before making the move to go inside and look around. So keep up with the feeding, offer the bedding, and in time they will come. Don’t get disheartened if it takes a long time.

Bird Baths

They’re well-fed, they are housed, what’s next? Somewhere to bathe. During warmer or drier weather birds will look for somewhere to splash around and will even use puddles if they need to. Offering them a bath will help them to enjoy your garden and return time and time again.

If you have pets we do recommend that you raise your birdbath off the floor, or take a look at our hanging birdbaths.

Call in and visit us to see our full birdcare range. Keep an eye out for blogs with more information.

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Summer Seating

As summer rolls back around we see the sun lighting up our gardens. Does your current seating do the space justice, or is it time to invest in some new garden furniture this summer? Furniture from Weston Sawmill has been designed to last, so it will definitely be worth the investment.

Garden Benches

No matter how big or small your garden is, you will surely have the space for a lovely wooden bench.

Benches make a great seating choice for your garden for many reasons; they usually do not take up too much space, fairly easy to move if you change your layout, comfortable and attractive.

There’s even more reason to invest in a bench from Weston Sawmill. Here we have a wide range of styles and finishes available to suit your own style and needs. From high back 5ft mahogany benches to 4ft softwood benches and everything in between. You’ll want to come and visit us to appreciate the benches we currently have on offer.

Dining Furniture

Dining al fresco? No Problem! With many of us spending more and more time at home or enjoying the UK sun, you might be missing that eating outdoors feeling. So why not bring that into your very own garden.

We love chunky wooden garden furniture, so what would be better than our collection of outdoor dining benches. From your classic style picnic bench to round tables with attached seating and even a larger dining table with matching benches. They’re a great way to fit the whole family around one table.

Children’s Swings

We have all seen garden swings available, usually with lightweight frames, and fairly flimsy seats. If you are looking for a more substantial swing to match the rest of your garden, you might just have come to the right place. Our wooden swings have been designed to not only offer the user increased comfort but also the confidence that it is a sturdy structure. A great place to sit and enjoy your garden in the summer sun, just sit back, relax and sway.

Build Your Own

Here at Weston Sawmill, we have an ever-changing wide range of hand-built garden furniture, so you might be wondering why we are saying build your own. That’s because we appreciate that lovers of wood and timber furniture may not be satisfied with letting someone else have the enjoyment of building their furniture for them. We love the art and skill it takes, and we wouldn’t want to take that away from you!

Our vast range of sawn timber, and even round and half-round lengths, means that you will have everything you need to create your very own bench right here in our collection.

For more information, to check stock levels, or to find out more about delivery and our services, please get in touch today and our friendly team will be happy to assist you. You can also check back to our blogs for a range of other ideas and information.

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Treat Your Wood Right

When you are using wood in and around your garden, whether it is in the form of a fence, a shed, or even a bench, it is important to know that you need to treat your wood to give it the best chances against mother nature. From driving rain, harsh frosts and the blazing sun, wood is subjected to the elements, and without the right treatment can become brittle and unattractive much quicker.

Wood Treatments

There are a number of different types of wood treatment currently on the market. With some boasting a number of different qualities, and with many doing the same thing just worded slightly differently, so finding the right one for you can sometimes be a bit of a minefield. The first thing to consider is the type of wood that you are protecting.

Softwood
If you have softwood in your garden, you might need to consider treating the wood with a preserve to seal the wood before you use any other type of paint or stain. This will help to protect the wood from the elements and from absorbing too much of the paint. Ideally, this will be with a water-resistant and mould protection treatment.

Hardwood
Hardwood is more durable than its softwood counterpart. Meaning that it can withstand being open to the elements for longer periods of time without significant damage. However, it will mean the wood has a more weathered appearance. To avoid this, ensure that you treat your hardwood with a good stain, preserve or paint as soon as you can.

Which Should I Use?

Other than a good quality preserve, there are two main types of treatment or protection that you can use for your external wooden features.

Wood Stain
Wood stain is a great treatment if you love the natural appearance of wood, but want to enhance the grain or add a spot of colour to lighter woods. Available in a range of colours not only can it help you to protect your wood from the elements it can also help you to create a unique look in your garden.
Good quality wood stains will penetrate the wood meaning that it will offer longer-lasting protection and colour than the like of paint, and therefore require less maintenance.

Paint
In recent years there have been a number of newcomers to the market when it comes to outdoor wood paint, with the like of Cuprinol and Dulux now offering ranges. These ranges offer a vast array of colours, allowing you to turn your garden into a space as unique to you as the inside of your home. Paint offers great protection against the elements, however, regular treatments will be needed to keep it looking fresh and protected.

If you are unsure of the type of wood you are purchasing or you would like any further advice, please contact a member of our team today who will be happy to assist you. You can also head over to our blogs for a range of ideas or information on our range of products.