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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.

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Garden Firepit? We’ve Got You Stocked

Over the winter months, many people visit us to stock up on their logs and coal to heat up their homes. But what about when you sit outside with your firepit? Here at Weston Sawmill, we’ve got you stocked, even in the height of summer. 

The Garden Firepit

Every summer more and more people spend time in their gardens, surrounded by friends and family. But as the sun starts to set, the weather begins to cool and we look for ways to warm up not only ourselves but also our friends and family. The best way to do this is to use the ever-popular fire pit. 

There are different varieties of firepit available, both on the market and that you can build yourself. With this in mind, you need to be aware of which you are using before you start lighting those fires. Using the correct materials can not only help your fire to keep burning as long as possible but also help to extend the lifespan of your fire pit. 

Two Types Of Fire

The reason you need to know the style and quality of your firepit is to ensure that you are lighting the most appropriate fire. 

Fires with a coal base are great if you want them to burn for longer. While you might have to top up the logs on top, the coals will help to retain the heat for longer, meaning that the risk of the new logs needing to be lit is very low. However, the use of coal also means that the fire will burn at a higher temperature. Depending on the style of firepit that you are using, the use of coal might be too much. 

Usually, with lower quality firepits or enclosed firepits, we recommend not using coal and this can drastically reduce the lifespan of the firepit and may even cause immediate damage. 

The other type of fire is a standard log fire. This means keeping all your materials as dried logs, wood and kindling. While this style of fire will burn at a cooler temperature, it will still give off significant heat to keep everyone happy. 

Keep Your Wood Dry

When it comes to your outdoor firepit, we offer the same advice as we do with your internal stove. Keep your logs as dry as possible. 

Burning wet or damp can produce an increased amount of smoke. Many areas in the UK are now smokeless zones, and while this is seldom monitored, your neighbours would have the ability to report you should the smoke become a nuisance. 

To help keep your logs contact us to discuss having your log store built to order, alternatively, come and visit us to see the ones we currently have on display.

For more information on our logs and coal or our log stores, please come and visit us, or get in touch today and our friendly team will be happy to assist you. 

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It’s Not All Square At Weston Sawmill

We know that when many people think of a sawmill, they usually consider straight cuts of wood, fencing and decking. But here at Weston Sawmill not all of our stock is purely straight lines, we also offer a range of round and half-round lengths too. So how can you add a bit of shape into your garden?

Garden Borders

When it comes to our garden borders, we take pride in the flowers, plants and shrubs that we can grow and display. The only issue is when you have children or pets that regularly use your lawn and end up in your borders! Using half-round timber you can create the perfect little border fence to mark the edge of your lawn. Not only does this work as a practical barrier to stop paws and little legs, but also acts as the perfect frame for your lawn. You can either stack the lengths on their side to offer a long straight, or cut the lengths into shorter lengths to create a short fence.

Horse Jumps

When it comes to building your own horse jumps, or indeed getting someone in to build them for you, you want to ensure that the materials you use are safe for your horses and are hardy if they take a kick or two.
Our round timber will have no straight or potentially harmful edges that can harm your horse should they kick the pole. The structure also means that it can withstand not only those almighty kicks but will not split or splinter if they bounce to the ground a fair few times. Why not start designing your new jumps ready to calculate how many lengths you will need.

Log Cabins

Here’s something for those avid DIYers to get their hands on. Whether you have a big enough garden, an allotment, or even do it on a smaller scale for the kids, why not use our round or half-round timber to create your very own log cabin.
The mixture of styles, thicknesses and lengths that we have available, not to mention those with a point ready to be forced into the ground make this a great choice of material for your cabin. Get the tools out, take some measurements, draw up designs and get to it!
Building a log cabin for the kids will not only give them a great garden escape that you have built just for them, but when they outgrow it, you’ve got some great garden storage!

This stunning shaped timber can be used in a wide variety of ways around your home and garden. So why not think about all the possibilities then come and visit us to choose the perfect timber for your new project.

For more information on any of the products that we have available, please get in touch with us today and we will be happy to assist you. You can also head over to our blogs for more information and ideas.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.