Here at Weston Sawmill, we understand the importance of maintaining your garden and ensuring they are welcoming for future wildlife reserves.
BBC’s Springwatch recently launched the Gardenwatch campaign which focused on four different areas that will help build a brighter future for wildlife.
The campaign has been supported by an incredible 150,000 gardening enthusiasts so far and here we are going to look at ways you can get involved.
Four Ways to Support Gardenwatch
Go Beyond the Backdoor
The first thing to do is determine what is currently going on in your garden by taking a closer look at planting areas and how your fencing, decking and pathways are affected by wildlife.
Your second task is to check what’s lurking under your lawn as all of your creepy crawlies are a vital part of the diet of birds and mammals. This will also help to identify any unwelcome visitors who may be disturbing or destroying plant life.
Now it’s time to find out if the birds in your garden are there to feed, sing or just catching some sun?
Adding accessories such as bird tables, houses and baths will give them a dedicated space in your garden to feed and maybe be less disruptive to the bugs living in your plants and grass.
Weston Sawmill has a dedicated bird care section where you can get all of these items plus all the bird food they could wish for.
Spot Furry Friends
This can be a tricky task as a lot of animals who visit your garden are elusive and nocturnal, but why not try taking a look at your garden just before sunrise and you could catch mammals such as bats, foxes and hedgehogs?
If you’re not an early riser you can always look at the sort of footprints being left and the tell-tale signs of certain animals. Similar to looking for bugs, this gives you an idea of animals that could be disrupting your garden and how you can deter them from returning in the future.
Transform Your Garden with Weston Sawmill
Weston Sawmill is the leading providers of high-quality fencing and decking for customers in Staffordshire and Shropshire.
As previously mentioned, we also host a wide range of bird care products which you can browse at our store based in Weston-under-Lizard.
If you’d be interested in any of our products or need some advice about transforming the look of your garden, please get in touch today.
You can also get involved with Springwatch’s Gardenwatch using the hashtag #gardenwatch for posts.
Different regions of the country have different overall climates, with some gardens having an alternative climate to their locality.
These minor variations are known as micro-climates, and here Weston Sawmill is going to look at how yours will affect your garden.
The Right Time to Check Your Micro-Climate
Although it’s recommended to check the micro-climate of your garden when taking over a garden, new or old, there’s never a bad time to start assessing your outdoor space.
Here are some of the areas you will need to consider during this check –
Topography – The higher your garden is above sea level, then the cooler it will be and more exposed.
Frost Pockets – On colder nights cold air forms on cooling objects such as trees, sinks to the ground, and flows downhill to collect at low points known as frost pockets.
Gardens in a frost pocket are at risk of late and early frosts with flowering plants and fruit trees not benefiting from being situated in frost pockets.
Aspect – South facing gardens will get more natural light and warmth than north-facing areas. If you have fencing this will trap and reflect the warmth in south facing areas whereas northern facing gardens can favour plants such as fuchsias and hellebores.
Your Garden’s Micro-Climate Assessment
The first thing you will need to do to check your garden’s micro-climate is look at the surrounding buildings, topography and trees and see how your garden is affected by winds (if at all).
Look to see if your trees lack top branches or they bent away from the direction of western or southern winds and if the garden is low-lying check for watercourses and ponds.
Now you will need to survey existing buildings, hedges, trees and walls to find sheltered warm spots, exposed windy corners plus corridors and dank, sunless areas.
Finally consider shaded areas, which may be easier to identify using a mobile phone camera than simply looking yourself, as the camera’s lens can identify low light levels easier.
Weston Sawmill – Transforming Gardens for 25 Years
From our based in Weston-under-Lizard, Weston Sawmill have provided the finest fencing and decking solutions for gardens in Shropshire and Staffordshire for now over 25 years.
We’re also experts in garden furniture and landscaping options such as hanging gates and planting. If you’d like to know more about working with Weston Sawmill please get in touch today.
Garden landscaping can be a tricky task if you’ve never tried it before but here at Weston Sawmill, we can give you all the advice you need.
As seasoned providers of the finest fencing and decking in Shropshire and Staffordshire we have worked with tonnes of customers in our 26 years in business to transform their gardens into something unique and eye catching.
Bringing your garden design to life requires a similar mindset to put together a room in your home and to help you out here’s some essential tips to get you started.
Five Essential Garden Landscaping Tips
• Decide Your Landscaping Needs and Wants – The first thing to consider before starting to landscape your garden is a list of needs and wants. Ask questions such as – Do your kids play in the garden? Would your family prefer decking or a pergola?
From here make a rough sketch of what you’d like your garden to look like and once we’ve arranged a visit to your home our team of designers can explore this in more detail.
• Location, Location, Location – Study the sun and wind patterns as this will help determine the best position for features such as decking. For example if you decide to place this on the west side of the house, it will get plenty of afternoon sun but eating outside will be uncomfortably hot during the summer.
• Sit Down and Enjoy – The best way to decide where the ideal place for sitting areas are in your garden is by spending time there and seeing if inspiration strikes in unexpected areas.
• Find Your Focal Points – Every great garden has a focal point and if it’s your first time looking at garden landscaping this is a great place to start. Whether it’s a sitting area, stunning plants, trees or a series of shrubs, let your imagination run wild.
• Stay Open Minded – There is no hard and fast rule for garden landscaping, so we’d recommend staying open minded unless you have your heart set on certain features. Patience is the key for homeowners new to landscaping outdoor spaces plus never be afraid to ask for help from experts such as Weston Sawmill.
Your Choice of Garden Landscaping
Here at Weston Sawmill we can provide landscaping services for big and small gardens including the finest fencing, decking, hanging gates and plants for your new look garden.
If you’d like to know more about working with us, please get in touch today.