Reasons To Spend More Time

5 Reasons to Spend More Time in Your Garden

Statistically speaking, us Britons spend more time in our garden than other nationalities; however, it can be argued that more of us should spend more time in our home greenery. 

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, there was a resurgence in homeowners vacating to their gardens as watering and caring for your flowers and plants became a popular pastime. However, since various restrictions have been lifted, the refound enthusiasm for gardening has seemed to have weavered a little. 

In this blog, we seek to establish why you should spend more time in your garden. 

Improvement In General Wellbeing

Many studies have come to the conclusion that spending more time in your garden can help improve your overall well being. 

Researchers have cited many factors for this being the case. Some of which include a better psychological state of mind and better physical health and wellbeing. 

Giving Back To The Environment

With a general push to be more environmentally aware, spending more time in the garden is a great way to give something back to the environment. It is pretty much assumed that most of the time in your garden will be spent planting and caring for plants and flowers and just generally taking care of the greenery. 

A Sense Of Accomplishment 

It is undeniable that some of the more rewarding experiences you can have are when maintaining and improving your garden. When we are more productive, we have a greater sense of accomplishment. 

When it is applying your attention to detail skills by repainting your timber fence or hosing down your timber decking, there is also something to do in your garden to keep your busy, happy and allowing you to achieve that sense of accomplishment. 

Improving the Aesthetic Of Your Home

Most, if not all, homeowners want their homes to be pleasing to the eye. Making your home more aesthetically pleasing can sometimes be a challenging and arduous task. But one simple way to do so is by making improvements to your garden. 

You can colour coordinate your plants and flowers, deep cleaning your decking to provide it with a nice shine or providing your shed with a fresh coat of paint.

Getting Physical 

Performing more physical activity has numerous health benefits. One being the fact that when you get more exercise, you will be in better physical activity. Another is the impact getting more physical can have on your mental health. Many studies have shown that when we are more active, it improves our physical and mental well being. 

We Supply A Lot of High Quality Gardening Products

At Weston Sawmill, we supply a lot of high quality gardening products across a wide range of areas. So whether you are looking for fencing in Staffordshire or decking in Shropshire; please contact us today and we are sure we can help you out.

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Why Have A Pergola In 2022?

At Weston Sawmill, we pride ourselves on being a quality surveyor of decking in Staffordshire and Shropshire amongst many other things. However, one product we do not highlight nearly as much as perhaps should is our fantastic range of pergola. 

We are beyond excited to announce that we will be having some exciting new additions in this range. These traditional designs we already have. Because of this exciting announcement, we thought it an opportune time to highlight why you should invest in one of these wooden marvels to populate your decking or patio. 

Pergola Offer Shade On Them Sunny Days

With temperatures set to rise in the coming weeks and months, the risk of the dreaded sunburn also increases. Luckily, Pergolas offer just enough shade to ensure you can enjoy drinks in your garden during the sunnier days of the year without fear of getting too hot or burnt. 

Getting Your Privacy Back

While on the topic of enjoying the drinks in your garden; it pretty much goes without saying you will want to have privacy while doing so. Pergola’s offer a fantastic option when it comes to privacy. 

Adding Value To Your Home  

According to most industry experts, you can add up to 20% of your overall home value through just attractive landscaping on its own. Adding a Pergola to your home is one such quick and easy way to do this. 

It Will Define Your Garden More

By installing a pergola, it will define the space in your garden more. Having a pergola will help you clearly identify an entertainment dining area as well as offering exceptional opportunities to have more flowers in your garden. 

They Are Easy To Put Up

Unlike other garden structures, installing a pergola is actually very easy and quick. As long as you have the correct tools; you will be able to install this family friendly structure in no time. 

Get In Touch About Our Pergola’s Today!

Why don’t you get in contact with us regarding our quality Pergolas today? And as usual, remember to keep up to date with our blog for more exciting news from your trusted high quality decking supplier from Shropshire and Staffordshire. 

The Best Spring Flowers

The 5 Best Garden Plants for Spring

In preparation for spring we looked at why you should have raised garden beds in Shropshire. Now that spring has officially arrived, we thought it an opportune time to look at some of the best plants you can put in the aforementioned raised flower bed. 

So if you happen to have a raised flower bed in Shropshire, or anywhere else for that matter, let’s look at some of the best plants you can put in them during the glorious spring time. 

Snowdrops (Galanthus Nivalis)

Although these plants can regularly be seen poking out of the snow during the months of January or February; many people herald the appearance of snowdrops as being the sign of the arrival of spring time. 

The small white bulbs hanging down from the plant are undoubtedly pretty and instantly recognisable. They are diverse and expansive. When a batch of these spring plants grow together, they create an iconic ‘white blanket’ which, as anyone who is luckily enough to have witnessed one, is really a sight to behold. 

Tulips

From one iconic spring flower to another, tulips are arguably the most colourful of all the spring flowers; making them an ideal addition as the temperatures start to rise. There are a multitude of options available for tulips as they literally come in all shapes and sizes. 

Another way that tulips have a clear leg up on a lot of their metaphorical competitors is the fact that they are very easy to grow. Virtually all that is required is for you to plant the bulbs in the fall and they will simply blossom in the spring.  

Daffodil

Potentially one of the most welcoming signs of spring, daffodil’s have frequently been associated with clear blue skies and an overabundance of sunlight. 

In the UK, the daffodil is sometimes referred to as lent lilies. This is due to the fact that these much beloved spring flower blossoms between Ash Wednesday and Easter. 

Shasta Daisies

This type of daisy returns every year like clockwork. Usually returning in early spring and blossoming until fall; the Shasta Daisy is one of the most well known and popular spring flowers. Sometimes described as the classical daisy due its yellow centre and beautiful white petals; you can not do wrong with this spring flower. 

Primrose Flowers

The Primrose flowers are quite famous for being two things: one a well known sign of early spring; secondly a perfect flower to populate your well kept garden bed. 

In addition to their popular use in raised garden beds; they are also used in a lot of gardeners’ borders and these flowers are so picturesque and thoroughly welcoming. 

Contact Us For More Spring Tips

Are you struggling to think of ways to implement spring into your garden? Why not check out some of our most recent blogs, including our most recent piece on raised garden beds in Shropshire.  

And be sure to contact us for all other enquiries including quality decking in Shropshire and surrounding areas. 

Bring Spring Into Your Garden Spring

Bringing Spring Into Your Garden

Now that spring has finally arrived; many homeowners will be going through the meticulous process of preparing their gardens for the trail and tribulations of spring.  As a high quality decking supplier from Shropshire, we have garnered quite the plethora of knowledge regarding extensive gardening maintenance. 

Statistically, people in the UK spend more time in their garden during the spring. You could argue that this is largely due to the fact that most gardeners spend the majority of early spring preparing their garden for the summer. 

So let’s look at some of the best ways to implement spring into your garden this year.

Groom Your Grass

If you have grass in your garden; you will want to closely monitor the health and length of your grass. 

Imagine you have your family or friends over for an afternoon cup of tea, the last thing you want is them witnessing a grossly overgrown and unkempt blade of grass. There are multiple ways you can counteract this problem.

One of the simplest ways to preserve your grass is by establishing a successful cutting routine. It is advised to cut your grass twice a week during the summer. This drops to once a week maximum during periods of a drought. As you might have guessed, this is due to the fact that grass can not grow as effectively without water. 

Most people know the benefits of cutting your grass. However, the importance of performing frequent quality of soil checks is not discussed nearly as regularly. To ensure your grass is looking fresh and vibrant, you should check the quality of the soil. 

If you have trees in your garden, you will also want to use a scraper to remove any extra unwanted leaves. Afterall, if your grass is littered with leaves you will not be able to properly showcase your perfectly maintained grass. 

Redecorate and Mend Your Fencing

In one of our most recent blogs we detailed ways to winterproof your fencing in Shropshire. So hopefully if you have followed many of the previously mentioned tips, your fencing should be looking rather sturdy and ready. 

But if your fence has happened to have absorbed some damage, you will need to fix and decorate accordingly. A fresh coat of paint and a few strategically placed blanks of wood and nails can drastically reshape your perception of an otherwise worn fence. 

Additionally, when your fence might be leaning or have bent, you might need to replace existing posts. Adding new posts will improve the overall structure and integrity of your fence. 

Repaint and Safety Check Your Decking

As previously touched upon on prior blogs; there are many steps you should take to ensure your decking is spring party ready. 

Because you will be spending a lot of time standing on your decking, it is vital you have confidence in the safety of your decking. There are many ways you can make your decking non-slip. These can include installing anti-skid strips and quickly and effectively drying the decking. 

To improve the general aesthetic of your decking, you might want to garnish the wood with a fresh coat of paint. This is a simple but effective way of making your patio look fresh and new. 

Repot Plants

Foliage and greenery is one of the quentessional features of any successful garden. During the early weeks of spring, you should report or even pot new plants. 

As the sun starts to creep over the ever decreasing clouds, you do not want dying flowers and plants on show. This is one of the many reasons you should reenvigate your garden’s greenery. 

How Will You Prepare Your Garden For Spring? 

Is your garden ready for the spring? For more helpful gardening tips from a well established decking supplier in Shropshire and Staffordshire, be sure you keep up to date on our website. 

If you have any questions regarding further information and correct garden maintenance, please get in touch

Raised Garden Beds in Shropshire

Got a Raised Garden Bed in Shropshire?

Do you have a raised garden bed in Shropshire or a surrounding area?

It is without a doubt one of the quintessential sights of any British garden; a beautifully painted raised garden bed proudly sporting a small selection of flowers.

With summer just around the corner; you will want to make sure your garden beds are in prime condition.

Fortunately, at Weston Sawmill we would like to share some informative tips and tricks you can use to showcase your soon to be perfectly maintained raised garden beds. 

The Cleaning Procedure 

When is comes to maintenance on your raised garden beds in Shropshire, the first item on the agenda will be to ensure that beds are properly cleaned before you even consider planting your flowers and soil. 

Some experts would recommend using a solution mix of water and bleach, however, most household cleaning products work perfectly fine. Now your bed is clean, you are ready to move to the next step.

Think of the Soil 

Soil is one of the most important components of your bed. Because of this, you should pay particular attention to soil you wish to populate your soon to be garden bed masterpiece. 

It is recommended that you use a midweight soil that holds moisture, is a chock full of organic matter and has plenty of air pockets. 

Add a Layer of Mulch 

You will want to keep your soil moist. An effective and proven method to do this is by adding a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around your plants. By doing this, you are likely to need to less water and there will be less of a need to pull out weeds. 

Ensure Your Plants are Fed

When you are hungry you are not yourself. The same is to be said of plants. Without frequently watering your plants, they are unable to grow and subsequently they could ruin your garden bed.

You will want to pay particular attention to overfeeding your plants however. This can drastically weaken your plants and in some cases it can prevent growth. 

Beware of Pests

Daily checks to your beds are of paramount importance. Not least because your raised garden bed is the perfect hunting ground for potential pests. 

If pests get into your beds, they can spread diseases and undo all of your hard work. We would recommend a sufficient pest control routine. 

Contact Us

We hope this has been informative and you are well on your way to priming your raised flower beds in Staffordshire and surrounding areas.

If you have any questions; please let us know and why don’t you check out of extensive range of raised garden bed in Shropshire. 

Winter Proofing Your Decking

Taking Care of Your Decking in Staffordshire

You might be pleased to know, we are only a few short months away from the sun glimmering over your back garden expertly showcasing your perfectly maintained decking. The main challenge facing any respectful decking owner in Staffordshire is successfully navigating the trials and tribulations of the winter period.

Whilst many of us can not wait for the return of this sociable time, there are still a lot of hurdles we have to overcome to return to barbecues with family and friends. 

We have recently focused on efforts to mitigate the effects of winter on your fencing in Staffordshire so we thought why not look at how we can ensure your decking is in the best shape possible throughout the winter. 

De-icing

Your car windscreens are not the only things that will need de-icing this winter, your decking will as well. 

Having a frost and ice covered decking can create many problems. Besides the fact that ice can potentially cause damage to the finishing of your decking, it can produce a quite significant slipping hazard. 

One of the best ways to combat this is by applying mild de-icing salts. The salts can include potassium chloride before the frost has even had time to form. However, you should only enact this technique if you have had your decking water sealed. 

Water Sealing

Following on from our most recent point, you should ensure your decking is efficiently water sealed. 

Deck sealers (as they are called amongst those involved in the industry) penetrate the wood and offer a protective coating against water absorption. Not only does this give you incredible flexibility when it comes to treating your wood. But it protects against the formation of mold, rot and any other potential damage.

Clean Thoroughly 

This one might seem like a no brainer but correctly and thoroughly cleaning your decking is an essential ingredient in decking maintenance. 

You will want to make sure that your decking is cleaned properly with soap, water and preferably a high power pressure washer. 

Additionally, if you have pets you will want to make ensure any potential fouling is removed promptly and effectively. This helps to prevent stains and the build-up of potentially harmful bacteria.

Contact Us

If you have any other questions on how to best look after your decking this winter, please do get in contact with us.

Winter Fence in Shropshire

Winter Proofing Your Fencing in Shropshire

Fencing in the winter months can produce many challenges. Up and down the country, fencing Shropshire and Staffordshire is covered in frost or sometimes even snow. 

Whilst we have been blessed with uncharacteristically good weather for this time of year, the cold months still present many different challenges, especially when it comes to how best to reserve and protect your fencing. 

At Weston Sawmill, we care about all of your fencing needs. So let’s take a look at some of the most helpful tips and tricks to winter proof your fencing in Staffordshire and Shropshire this winter. 

Waterproofing 

On average, the UK in January sees almost 18 days a month worth of rainfall whilst February and March are almost, if not just as, damp. In Staffordshire, the average temperature for January through to March is only 5 degrees celsius. There is also upwards of a 20% increased chance of snowfall during the aforementioned months. 

From this you might understand that it is of paramount importance to ensure your fence is protected against wet weather. 

One of the most effective ways to do this is to apply a silicone or acrylic sealant to your fence. Not only does this protective sealant act as a barrier protecting your fence from water and cold weather, it also protects against UV Rays and other extreme weather conditions too. 

Snow

As previously touched upon, the colder winter months in the UK can see snow. As any UK citizen would tell you when the snow starts to fall, it can be quite problematic. 

Whilst you might be worried about getting sufficient shopping in, you might want to consider when potential damage the snow might cause to your fence. 

Snow will eventually melt and when it does this, it will leave your fence incredibly cold and damp. If left untreated, this can lead to your fence leaning, this where the previously mentioned treatment comes in. 

Perform Necessary Checks

It is essential to perform checks when the weather is still good to ensure your fence is in the best condition possible to tackle harsh weather that might come it’s way. These checks can include: 

  • Checking the posts to ensure they are sturdy 
  • Removing any debris or any loose hanging branches
  • A general physical wellbeing check

These are just some of the necessary checks you can perform to ensure your fence will be in the best shape possible this winter. 

Contact Us

If you have any other questions regarding protecting your fencing this coming winter, be sure to contact us

Additionally, be sure to check out our website for more information regarding fencing and decking in Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire. 

Recycling Your Christmas Tree

Best Ways to Dispose of your Christmas Tree this January

The scenes in most British gardens this January will be one of frost covered grass, footpaths, decking and unfortunately; lonely Christmas tree’s inconveniently occupying the large section of irrelevant space. 

If you have finally managed to hoover up the remaining leaves your seasonal tree had recently flaked all over the living carpet, you now might be asking yourself, what is the best way to dispose of this once so festive tree? Luckily, we at Weston Sawmill have got you covered. From the many different ways you can recycle your Christmas tree, to the different advice local council’s offer on Christmas tree disposals. 

General UK Recycling Tips 

In the UK, we have a wide range of options available to us when it comes to recycling. Let’s quickly go over the 3 main approaches you can take to recycle your old Christmas tree: 

  • Replant it. A good way to give your tree a new lease of life is to repot. You can do this either in your garden. Or by simply giving it to your local garden centre for them to repot instead. 
  • Take your Christmas tree to a recycling centre. Here they can repurpose many elements of your tree. These can include making needles from the mulch and re-using the wood for decking, cupboards or any other wood-related products. 
  • Speak to your local council for any special recycling tips. This one is as simple as that.  

Disposing of your Christmas Tree in Staffordshire & Shropshire 

Whilst other areas may vary, disposing of a Christmas tree in Shropshire and Staffordshire is relatively straight forward. 

Steve Mitchell, Veolia Director for the West Midlands, has previously advised that Shropshire residents can simply dispose of their Christmas tree by putting it in their garden recycling bin during the early weeks of January. Steve went on to add that if the tree is over 5ft, you just need to cut the tree into smaller sections to enable it to fit into your recycling bin. 

Recycling your Christmas tree in Staffordshire is a little different but just as easy. Real Christmas trees can be taken to a variety of locations to be recycled. These can include Fletcher’s Garden Centre in Eccleshall, The Green Recycling Centre in Barlaston and Household Waste Recycling Centres at sites in Stafford and Stone. Be sure to check the advice for your local area. Recyling your Christmas tree in Wolverhampton might be slightly different to disposing of it in Stoke-on-Trent. 

Donate Your Christmas Tree to a Good Cause

Alternatively, you can donate your tree to the Katharine House Hospice. They have already collected over 61,000 trees and raised well over £900,000. I  think most people can agree this is rather impressive. So if you are still feeling in the Christmas spirit and would like to donate your old tree, be sure to look at their website for more details.

What Now? 

Now the clutter of Christmas, including the aforementioned Christmas tree, is out of the way, you might be looking to renovate your garden this coming year. If you are looking for landscaping, concrete products and decking in the Midlands be sure to contact us.

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Christmas decorations inspirations for 2021

You may have noticed recently looking around some shops that Christmas decorations have started to infiltrate the shelves – but what style of festive display are you going for this year?

For this blog, Weston Sawmill will talk you through some of the must-have ideas for 2021.

The variety of choices for Christmas decorations

Multicoloured novelty baubles

If you are looking for a modern look that is packed with personality, combining a bold, vibrant palette with a host of quirky details we have some ideas for you.
After purchasing your traditional tree, add brightly coloured striped, glitter and star-shaped ornaments. Top off the tree with a neon star for a look that the whole family will love.

Silver and white decorations

There are plenty of ways to put together a sparkly tree, including vintage-look silver baubles in a number of shapes and finishes with sparkling stars, resin reindeer with a snow globe bauble taking pride of place with a light-up star finishing off your magical tree.

Classic red and gold

Give a timeless red festive theme a touch of luxe with a generous sprinkling of gold. Start this off with shatterproof baubles in jewel-like red tones and add nostalgic red Nutcracker figures, traditional Father Christmas ornaments, opulent red birds, golden bell wreaths and future heirloom gold and red floral ornaments. Tie this look together with a studded red velvet bow topper for an unexpected twist.

Luxe silver decorations

A snow-dusted tree is an ideal backdrop for white, silver and clear baubles and Narnia-esque snowflakes, hanging icicles and silver stags. Personalise your tree with applique letters for each family member and finish with a contemporary light-up star and a faux-fur tree skirt.

Glam gold tree decorations

If you can’t turn up the glam at Christmas, when can you? You can create a gorgeous golden theme by combining metallic antique-style baubles with fabulous cocktail-shaped ornaments and festive wording in gold script. Add personality using quirky nature-inspired decorations in a similar palette, such as sparkling hedgehogs, glimmering acorns, cloche-covered mushrooms and bee applique decorations.

Modern red and white theme

Deck your tree with novelty decorations in a classic red and white palette. From felt robins and candy canes to a mitten and bobble hat set, you can add some humour to your traditional theme. Mix in a selection of classic red decorations and top your tree with a jolly Santa to keep the overall theme festive.

Get in touch for more information

If you have any questions about Christmas decorations or our range of Christmas trees, please do not hesitate to contact Weston Sawmill now.

Don’t forget we also stock our own range of decorations that can help your tree look spectacular this festive season.

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Reasons why you should invest in a real Christmas tree

The festive season is just a few months away, and maybe it’s time you invest in a real Christmas tree.

For those of you hesitant to invest in a real Christmas tree, you need not worry. Real Christmas trees are a lot easier to maintain than first thought. Before you start worrying about hoovering up pine needles every day, remember we have Nordmann Fir that keeps their needles.

If you are still not convinced, read our latest blog below.

5 Reasons to choose a real Christmas tree

Good for the environment

Real Christmas trees are planted especially in our nursery to be sold for the festive season; meaning every tree planted simply sustains the real Christmas tree market.

The higher the demand the more trees are planted. Because of this; the Carbon Trust estimating that real trees are up to 10 times better for the environment than their artificial counterparts. In terms of environmental impact; it would take ten years of re-using a fake tree to break. In this time you could have just one real Christmas tree.

Because trees produce more oxygen, tree plantations and farms will help to improve the atmosphere.

Do it for the kids!

Every family has a designated tree decorator, either mum or dad, depending on the household. As for the kids, they could be itching at the chance to help, even if it is changed back afterwards.

Let’s face it, the tree will be ignored again until the presents start gathering underneath it.

This changes when you invest in a real tree. As you can make it part of your annual tradition to decide what tree type will match your fairy lights.
Children will often pay more attention to a tree they have helped choose; rather than one getting pulled out of your attic and/or storage space.

Being eco-friendly

Most faux trees are made of plastic. This means that when they get too tired and old to be propped up in someone’s living room they will be discarded and make their way to landfill. Remember fake trees can’t be recycled.

A real tree means that if it is discarded and thrown away, it is biodegradable and does zero net damage to the environment. You also have the option to compost your tree once you are finished with it.

Even if your tree ends up in green waste bins, it will more than likely end up as compost anyway.

The other option is to purchase one of our potted trees that keeps on growing year after year. You may need to cut it down to size eventually, but other than this it is low maintenance and saves more trees being chopped down every year.

Get the true smell of Christmas

Unlike faux trees, real Christmas trees give off a wonderful, subtle fresh pine needle smell, which can never truly be replicated.

Your nose will remind you of this fresh scent every day. If you have never really invested in a real tree before, you are truly missing out on one of the joys of the festive season.

Free up storage space

Some of us are lucky to have plenty of storage space at our disposal, however; others are not so lucky and will struggle to find space to store last year’s tree.

Even trees that can be dismantled into smaller parts can still take up a lot of storage room. If you live in a city or a property with limited storage space, purchasing a real tree is the best idea.

Even potted trees don’t take up too much space and can be kept on balconies or in your back garden until next year.

Get in touch with any questions

If you have any questions about Weston Sawmill’s range of Christmas trees; please do not hesitate to contact us now.

We offer Spruce, Nordmann Fir and potted Nordmann and Norway Spruce trees at our nursery based in Weston-under-Lizard, Shropshire.