Fabulous Fencing for Your Garden

When it comes to our garden, you might not realise how much attention we pay to our fencing, until it’s not there. Here in the UK the weather has been a bit rough this year, so many of us have lost older fence panels to the gales that have been battering our gardens. Now might be the time to tear down old panels, and replace them with captivating new panels, perfectly framing your garden.

Garden Fencing

Here at Weston Sawmill, we stock the firm favourites of feather board and close boarded fencing. These are firm favourites when it comes to framing your garden. There is a reason that you see this style of fencing around many gardens, and that’s due to the tried and tested structure that allows it to withstand the harsh weather for a number of years.
If you live in a particularly windy area, such as on high ground, or near to open waters, we recommend supporting your fencing with concrete posts and even concrete kickboards underneath.

Trellis Fencing

Trellis fencing is a great decorative option to use in your garden. You can use trellis to separate out sections of your garden, giving your garden segments.
Trellis is a great way to help your climbing plants to grow, such as vines, grapes and climbing roses. Using trellis can help to give your garden height.

Picket Fencing

Picket fencing makes a great addition to the front of your home! This classic style fencing can tidy up the front of your home and replace existing fencing or as an alternative to bushes that can become overgrown and look unkempt.
This style of fencing can, like trellis, also be used to split your garden into sections. However, this style of fencing keeps the separation at a lower height to maintain your view across the whole garden.

When it comes to fencing, we recommend that you keep up regular wood treatments to give it the best lifespan possible. This can either be in the form of wood stain or preserve, which will maintain the effect of the wood, with a clear colouring, or paint which can entirely change the look of your fencing.

For more information on the fencing that is available from Weston Sawmill, please contact our expert team today who will be happy to assist you where possible. You can also head over to our blogs for a range of ideas on how you can change up your garden, including new decking this summer.

Made to measure gates in Staffordshire

Secure Your Home With New Gates

Security is important when it comes to protecting your home and family. While your doors and windows will play a significant role here, what about the external aspects of your home? Such as your driveway and garden.

Secure Your Garden

Your garden is your own personal slice of the outside world. A place where you and your family can enjoy the great outdoors, release your personality into the garden and feel safe in the knowledge that no one can interrupt your space.
Replacing your existing garden gates can help to improve the security of your garden. This means that anything in your garden, whether that is you, your family or garden furniture and tools will be significantly protected (providing you ensure that the gate is secured and locked).

Protect Your Drive

Our driveways not only act as the lead up to our homes, they can also be where a number of us store our prized possessions – our cars. Not all of us have garages large enough to lock away our cars when we are at home, so the next best thing is to have a secure gate fitted.
Our range of gates are not only ideal to cap off the end of your drive, but also to secure any entrances to your property or land. Amongst our range of gates includes our field and ranch gates, perfect for if you have a patch of land, some fields, or even just want something different at the bottom of your drive.

Made To Measure

Here at Weston Sawmill, we pride ourselves in offering the very best service for made to measure gates. We believe that no gate truly fits unless it has been made specifically to suit a certain space, whether this is for your garden, your driveway or even a field. We offer made to measure gates for both private and commercial purposes.
Not only do made to measure gates fit better, but they can also look better as you have the option of the style that you have fitted. Our range includes; field, ranch, galvanised and picket gates. We also have a selection of close boarded doors, tongue and groove gates and doors available.

For more information on gates for your driveway and garden from Weston Sawmill, please get in touch with a member of our expert team today who will be happy to assist you. Head over to our blog for regular ideas on how you can change the appearance of your garden this summer.


Decking In Time For Summer

As the summer rolls around we want to spend more and more time in our gardens, but have you considered swapping out your old tired decking for some new hard-wearing decking, just in time for the summer sun.

The Joys Of Decking

Many people have previously opted for patios for the seating area in their gardens, but we still prefer a good solid decking where we entertain our guests.
While decking does require regular maintenance in the form of wood treatments, it can be changed to any colour or tone to suit you. Meaning that if you change your garden, or just your garden furniture, your decking can be stained or painted to match.

Replace Old For New

Over time mother nature can take its toll on existing decking. Missed wood treatments can mean that your decking will age before its time, and can leave you with decking that is unsafe and fit for purpose. So, why not get it replaced in time for the nicer weather.
If you are replacing old for new, you will already have much of the groundwork ready for your new decking to be put in place, leaving you in a ready to go position!

New Decking New Space

If you are creating an entirely new space with your decking, you have all the wonders of choosing your size, your height from the ground, and even the shape of your new decking! But don’t forget you also have the hard part of the groundwork too.

All of our decking is pressure treated which improves its durability and makes sure you get the best value for money. Our sizes range from 3 metres to 4.8 metres, and we are more than happy to advise you on the best size of decking for your specific project.

For more information on the decking available from Weston Sawmill please contact a member of our expert team who will be happy to assist you. Check back to our blogs regularly for more inspiration on how you can use Weston Sawmill to change up your garden this summer.


Revamp Your Garden with Wood From Weston Sawmill

Here at Weston Sawmill, we offer such a wide variety of products that when it comes to kitting out your garden, we can be your one-stop-shop (minus the flowers of course!).
So when it comes to giving your garden that much-needed makeover, ditch the old, the broken and the unfit for purpose and treat yourself and your garden to some high-quality decoration and furniture.

Change out the furniture

We think that plastic garden furniture is a thing of the past, not only can it be unsightly, it is also not environmentally friendly. Not every garden is a great match for the more modern metal furniture, and if that sounds accurate for you, wooden garden furniture is the perfect option for you.
We have a great selection of pub garden-style tables with benches, offering you the perfect place for al fresco dining. From round family tables to larger rectangular benches, there will be something to suit you.
Not all gardens have the space for a table set, or even the need for one. If a bench is more what you are looking for we have a great selection available, in a range of styles and wood options. To know more about the current stock give our team a call or head over to our store in Weston-under-lizard to give them a try!

Perfect Pergola

A great way to add a centrepiece to your garden is to introduce a pergola. Whether you pop a bench underneath for an attractive seating area, or you use it as an entrance to another section of your garden, it can make all the difference.
Here at Weston Sawmill, we have ready to go pergolas, or all the features that allow you to build your own, allowing you to build one to suit your garden. From pergola legs to the cross beams and rafters, building your own has never been easier.

Raised flower beds

A great way to change up the appearance of your garden is to add in some raised flower bed. Adding some raised beds to your garden can add a bit of height and texture to your garden, not to mention make it easier to get rid of those pesky weeds.

For more information on any of the products that we offer here at Weston Sawmill, please get in touch with our team today who will be happy to assist you. You can also visit us today to view our full range of stock, alongside our gift selection.


Keep Your Fire Burning with Weston Sawmill

If winter has you feeling a little down, where you look outside and all you see is rain through the darkness, why not look to the fireplace for a touch of happiness?

Keeping your fire burning can be somewhat of an art, with many people taking a while to perfect the art of building a fire in the home. We have pulled together some of the basic that we find the most useful, just to give you a helping hand.

Keeping Your Fire Burning

Whether you already have a method of getting your fire going that just needs to be fine-tuned, or you are struggling to get anything going, not everyone will follow the same routine. Find what works for you and tweak to adjust accordingly to ensure that your fire burns as long and efficiently as possible. Here’s a few tips to get you going:

  • If your burner has vents, make sure these are open to start with as a fire will start easier with more oxygen.
  • If you have a multi-fuel burner (or an open fireplace) set out a layer of coal in the base, this will pump out heat for long after your logs have burnt away. (smokeless are the best here)
  • Using knotted newspaper to start a fire, if you don’t have firestarters, is much more effective than sheets of paper.
  • Use kindling to form a pyramid in the centre of you fire (on top of coals if you are using them)
  • Once your kindling is completely alight and burning well you can begin to add two or three larger, preferably dried, logs to your fire. Take care not to smother your fire.
  • After adding your logs, ensure to keep an eye on them to make sure they catch well. If you have a door on your log burner you can close this now.
  • Once your fire is on its way you can start adjusting your vents to suit, they may require opening again when you add fresh logs.

Please ensure that no children are left unaccompanied with an open fire, or where they can burn themselves on a burner.

Order Logs and More Online Today

Here at Weston Sawmill, we offer a selection of logs that are ready to be thrown on the fire. You can also find smokeless coal and kindling to help you get your fire going and burning for longer.

For more information, please contact a member of our team today, who will be happy to assist you.

Suffolk Garden Gates

Why Choose Our Garden Gates

The addition of Suffolk gates from Weston Sawmill to your outdoor space will give you an attractive, versatile and cost-effective product.

During the colder winter months, it is a great time to take a look at your garden and decide what you would like to add throughout the next few months. For our latest blog, Weston Sawmill will give you some reasons to consider new garden gates.

8 Reasons to Consider New Garden Gates

Add Interest To Your Garden – Gates are one of the best ways to add some interest to your garden; plus the right ones are an indication of the mystery of what may lie beyond. This could be a hidden cottage garden, a walled garden or even a wildflower area for picnics during the summer.

Add Some Beauty – You do not need a large garden for new gates, as they can be a way to create something beautiful out of a small and ordinary space.

Make Your Garden Look Bigger – Even if your garden gate does not lead anywhere, it can give the illusion that your outdoor living space is much larger. Some homeowners add a garden gate to their home to increase its value when selling.

Screen Off Unsightly Areas – Having larger garden gates can block off views of a car park or a neighbouring builder’s yard.

Allow Access – Your new gate will provide an entry to a pedestrian walkway or side access if you have one adjoining your property.

Enhance Privacy – Gates can create a boundary at part of your home that is attractive as well as offering increased privacy.

Provide Security – Garden gates act as a psychological barrier and help make your property more secure.

Keep Children and Pets In – Gates can also prevent young children or dogs having access to a nearby road plus they also prevent other people’s pets coming onto your land.

Get in Touch With Any Questions

If you have any questions about our range of Suffolk garden gates, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Weston Sawmill is also the leading provider of fencing and decking for customers right across Shropshire.

Raised garden beds in Wolverhampton

The Best Reasons to Use Raised Garden Beds

While raised garden beds are not a new idea, they continue to be a big discussion point amongst avid gardeners.

By definition, they are a garden bed that is built up instead of down, into a position that solves all manner of gardening challenges. They offer a host of benefits to gardeners, which we will discuss throughout this blog.

9 Ways to Utilise Raised Garden Beds

  1. No Tilling is Better for Soil – A raised bed is a great way of setting up your soil for the easiest gardening session. Instead of tilling up the soil every year to add fertiliser and amendments, you can maintain them by adding materials on top. Compost, mulches, manures and other soil conditioners can all go directly on the top few inches of soil without any extensive work. Your soil is capable of doing its own tilling as worms and roots push their way through. Regular tilling by human hands depletes the soil structure and does nothing to build up the organic component of your soil over a period of time.
  2. Prevent Back Pains – It is surprising how much back and knee strain happens when weeding your garden – especially in larger spaces. A raised bed can resolve back and joint pain plus it is a way to get younger children involved in gardening through hand weeding. Investing in raised beds is an investment in your health.
  3. More Aesthetically Pleasing – If you live in a busy city, having raised beds looking great as well as being practical. They also make pathways easier to maintain as there is a definitive line between the bed and the path.
  4. Keep Away the Critters – Although slugs can climb, the tall sides of raised garden beds slow them down and give you the opportunity to stop them in their tracks. You can also install hardware cloth on the bottom of the box to prevent crawling critters such as groundhogs from stealing root crops. Because of their elevated height dogs are also less likely to urinate on plants. There is also the option of adding plastic hoops for bird barriers, cold frames or row covers.
  5. Raised Soil Means Better Drainage – If you live in an area prone to flooding or in marshy yards, raised beds are the best way to have a full growing season. They also tend to drain better generally, even in heavy rains.
  6. Fewer Weeds and Crab Grass – Tilling will create more weeds as it buries weed seeds and gives them the perfect chance to propagate. One of the best ways to battle crab grass is with raised beds, as its raised barrier stops the grass from infiltrating.
  7. Plant Earlier in the Season – Because of the better drainage in the soil, early planting is possible as the soil will dry out faster in the spring and warms quicker for planting than soil at ground level.
  8. Avoid Contaminated Soil – Many different vegetables, especially roots, tomatoes and greens, absorb heavy metals from contaminated soils which can cause a serious threat. Bringing in raised beds allows you to bring in new soil that has not been subjected to toxicity from elsewhere. You can also greatly reduce toxicity by adding compost which dilutes any concentrations of contamination over time.
  9. Great for Gardening Beginners – Raised beds are great for anyone looking to get into gardening without any prior experience. By adding a box, some soil, compost, seeds and water, you will start growing in no time.

Get in Touch With Any Questions

If you have any questions about raised garden beds, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Weston Sawmill are also the leading providers of fencing and decking for customers across Shropshire and Staffordshire.

big garden birdwatch

Support the Big Garden Birdwatch

The world’s largest bird watching survey returns on 29th January with the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

While we are spending more time than ever indoors, you can still support this important campaign from the safety of your very own garden porch.

Here at Weston Sawmill, we understand the importance of keeping your garden looking spectacular, thanks to our range of decking, fencing and raised flower beds. For this post, we will share more information on the Big Garden Birdwatch.

Everything You Need to Know About the Big Garden Birdwatch

Pick a Time – Choose an hour between 29th and 31st January 2021. This means if you are an early bird or a night owl you will still be able to participate.

Log Your Results – Count the birds you see in your garden or from a balcony (if you live in an apartment or upstairs flat. Make sure you ignore any birds that are already in flight and avoid double-counting. Simply record the highest number of each bird species you see at any one time; don’t keep a running total.

As we have mentioned, this year of the Big Garden Birdwatch will be a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning you can also birdwatch from your window if you overlook a green space or courtyard.

Once you have compiled your results, they can be submitted online from 29th January until 19th February. Alternatively, send your results by post using a downloadable submission form, but ensure your results are posted before 15th February.

Finding out which birds do not visit your area is as important as understanding those which do.

Thinking of Upgrading Your Garden? Get in Touch

If you are considering giving your garden an upgrade for 2021, please do not hesitate to contact Weston Sawmill today. View some of our latest work on our Facebook page.

Decking in Shropshire

Your Guide to Winter Decking Maintenance

As the leading supplier of decking across Shropshire and Staffordshire, Weston Sawmill knows a lot about keeping it looking spectacular, even in winter.

This is why we have put together this handy guide with plenty of information on decking maintenance during the coldest months of the year.

7 Essential Decking Maintenance Tasks

  1. Clear Debris – Autumn and winter can bring plenty of debris such as fallen leaves, twigs, moss and rubbish onto your decking. If left unattended, these organic materials will start to rot down, eventually creating a mulch which can penetrate the wood and lead to rot. We would advise grabbing a broom once or twice a month and sweeping up any debris from the decking area and put it in the composter or garden bin.
  2. Remove Any Planters or Seating – If you have heavyweight planters or seating, we would advise removing them from the decking and putting them in storage. If left out, they will create damp spots on the decking, underneath where they are placed. This leads to a build-up of moisture in this particular area which also leads to rot.
  3. Keep An Eye on Mould Build-Ups – Decking is one of the ideal environments for mould and mildew growth and build-ups. As it is situated close to the ground, water and moisture can quickly seep into the timber plus rainfall can, in some cases, settle. Other troublesome areas include the cracks and spaces between two boards. We would recommend giving this area a thorough clean to prevent any build-ups.
  4. Thorough Cleaning Process – A thorough cleaning of decking is needed in winter. For removing fallen debris that is too stubborn to move with a broom, try some hot and soapy water and elbow grease to get rid of it. Now you will need to pressure wash the surface to further clean the area and then scrub areas where dirt or moss have built up. The best way to prevent deterioration is by keeping your decking surface dirt-free.
  5. Remove Any Pet Fouling – If you have a dog or cat, make sure you clear up any mess they make on your decks as this can damage and stain the wood plus it can spread into other areas after rainfall. Another preventative method could be a temporary barrier or decorative fencing to stop them getting into this area.
  6. Paint with Timber Treatment – Wood preservatives are of the best ways to make sure your decking is long-lasting. Before applying treatment, check if the surface is clean and dry and remove any existing wood stain or paint. If any parts of your decks have started to deteriorate then you can always sand back to a better-quality surface. When the area is prepared sufficiently, apply the timber treatment with a brush and make sure it covers all the gaps and cracks.
  7. Apply Water Repellent – Roughly 3 days to a week after applying timber treatment, Weston Sawmill recommends applying a water repellent to help improve your decking’s life expectancy. Once applied, the wood is protected from moisture which also prevents the wood from decay. If left untreated, water will collect in cracks or gaps and will eventually penetrate the wood. Once trapped inside this will begin to cause rot.

Get in Touch for More Information

If you have any questions about decking from Weston Sawmill, please do not hesitate to contact us today and one of our team will be happy to help.


What To Do With Your Tree after Christmas

After Christmas we find ourselves left with a bare tree that’s been sitting in our house throughout December. So what do we do with the tree now that the rest of our decorations are down?

We will offer some advice on this blog post.

No Longer a Tree

If you have decided that you no longer want to keep your tree, or even plant it outside, there are a number of other ways to use your tree in the garden.

Turn it into mulch
Unwanted Christmas trees can be used to make a great natural mulch to be used in your garden. Using mulch can prepare your soil for the heavy rain to come, a layer of mulch will help reduce the amount of erosion.
To turn your tree into mulch you will usually require a shredder. If you, or noone you know, has one you can lend, you can look into renting one. We recommend gathering any other by products from your garden that can also be shredded at the same time. The trunk itself may be too thick to shred, however, when it is sawn up and dried out, it makes great logs for the fire.

Use it as compost
Unwanted trees can make great compost for your garden (minus the trunk) just shred it down as much as possible and add it to the compost heap. Be aware that the needles can take a while to compost as they can be quite rubbery.

Use the needles to increase grip
Sprinkle your tree’s needles across slippery or prone-to-frost pathways.While it won’t completely remove the risk of ice, it will add some extra grip. Or sprinkle them on muddy areas to increase the grip there.

Use as an animal habitat
Many animals struggle with the harsh winter months. Turning your tree into an animal habitat can help them to survive this difficult time. Cutting branches off and creating little dens in the corners of your garden, can give smaller animals some refuge in the bad weather. And smaller scattered branches mean that birds can use these for their nests.

Create a bird feeder
Keeping your tree in the pot to ensure that it stays upright, you can decorate it with treats for the birds in your garden to enjoy. Some ideas include:
– Halve an orange and scoop out the flesh. Attach three or four strings through little holes in the side of the orange to create a hanging basket shape. Fill it with bird seed.
– Attach string to a pine cone, making a loop. Dip the cone in peanut butter then cover it in bird seed.
– Thread popcorn onto string using a needle and use it as ‘tinsel’.
– Mix suet with plenty of bird seed, squish it into cookie cutters and push the shapes out onto greaseproof paper. Partly unwind a paperclip and embed it in each shape to create a hook for hanging. Pop your shapes in the freezer to set.
– You can halve and hang up old fruit by attaching string – even if it is bruised or partly rotten. Apples, pears and other fruit will be appreciated by the birds.

Planting Christmas Trees

Environmental Charity Greenpeace encourages people to plant their Christmas trees after use. There are a number of real trees that are perfect for an added feature in your garden. So why not give it a go this year?
Firstly you will need to ensure that your tree has its root ball intact. The best root balls will be on those trees that have been raised in a pot as they will not have had the same damage as those that have been dug up and potted.
When removing your tree from the home, try to allow it adjustment time, so moving it into a garage or a green house before the great outdoors will allow it to adjust to the colder temperatures. During this time, ensure that it has plenty of water to keep it healthy. When it comes to planting day, ensure that you choose a warmer and dry day. Dig your hole to slightly wider than your pot. But no deeper. Your roots should sit no deeper than they did in the pot. Saturate your roots before you remove them from the pot, this will hydrate them and make the move easier on them. Fill the remainder of the hole with as much organic mulch as possible. Ensure that the solid around your tree is kept as moist as possible until the roots have taken hold. And you have one planted tree!

Recycle it

If you want the tree out of your home and garden, you can always recycle it. Many garden centres are happy to take old trees and will turn them into wood chippings. There are also conservation schemes throughout the UK that welcome old trees, speak to your local council to find out what schemes are running in your area. You may find some nature reserves or wildlife centres that will be happy to take them off your hands.

For more information on Christmas trees, please contact a member of our expert team. Weston Sawmill offers the finest range of Christmas trees for customers across Staffordshire and Shropshire.