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Protect Your Spring Shoots from Slugs

Slugs are widespread animals that can cause problems in the garden such as eating holes in leaves, stems, flowers, tubers and bulbs.

As the leading supplier of raised garden beds for customers across Shropshire and Staffordshire, Weston Sawmill understands the importance of keeping your greenery safe from the threat of slugs.

They can cause damage all year round on different types of plants, but seedlings and new growth on herbaceous plants in spring are the most vulnerable.

For our latest blog, we are going to share some handy tips on how to combat slugs in your garden.

Identifying Attacks from Slugs

Many plants that can be affected by slugs are ornamentals, plus vegetables in gardens and greenhouses with symptoms to be wary of including holes in –

• Leaves
• Stems
• Flowers and potato tubers

Please note that seedlings can also be killed.

The majority of slugs feed at night and if their slime trails are present; can give you an indication of the level of activity. Damage is typically most severe during warm humid periods of the year.

Hostas, delphiniums, dahlias, gerberas, sweet peas and tulips are regular targets for slugs making it difficult to grow these plants if you have a problem with slugs.
Vegetable garden peas, beans, lettuce, celery and potato tubers can also be damaged.

Larger slugs feed primarily on decomposing organic matter such as dead leaves dung and in some cases, dead slugs. In compost heaps, they can actually be a valuable part of the composting process.

Grow Plants in Peace with Weston Sawmill

Scattering slug pellets thinly around vulnerable plants such as seedlings, vegetables and young shoots on herbaceous plants will help combat slugs.
It is important to store pellets safely and scatter them thinly as they can harm other wildlife, pets and young children if eaten in quantity.

There are currently two types of slug pellet approved for garden use, which are based on metaldehyde and those based on ferric phosphate – with the latter approved for use by organic growers.

Contact Us for More Information

If you need any more advice about keeping your garden thriving or want to know more about any of our products, please get in touch today.

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Plant Bulbs at the Right Time with Weston Sawmill

Bulbs can make a fine display when planted in containers or raised garden beds, especially daffodils, snowdrops and tulips in spring.
These are the easiest and most rewarding garden plants to grow at this time of year.

Here at Weston Sawmill, we supply raised garden beds that will transform the look of your garden, plus the finest decking and made-to-measure gates.

Why Bulbs are Important for Gardens

Bulbs are useful for adding some colour to spring borders with tulips coming in all shades, from dark purple to white.
Other bulbs such as snowdrops and scillas can be some of the earliest flowering plants in gardens, which can brighten up shorter days in early spring.
Planting summer-flowering bulbs such as lilies and gladioli will provide dramatic, tall blooms that are also scented.

Where Should I Plant Bulbs?

Some bulbs require specific siting, such as –

Hardy Bulbs – Tulips and daffodils prefer a warm, sunny site with good drainage as they originated from areas with dry summer climates.
Bulbs from Cool, Moist, Woodland Habitats – Species such as Cardiocrinum need similiar garden conditions plus we recommend improving light or sandy soils with garden compost and heavy soils with compost plus grit.

Your Guide to Planting Bulbs

Most bulbs are acquired and planted when dry in a dormant, leafless and rootless state. They should be planted as soon as possible and could flower poorly if planted at a later date.

Transform your Garden Today

Weston Sawmill is based just off the A5 near the Shropshire/Staffordshire border, making us the best destination to give your garden a revamp for both counties.
Since 1993, our product range and services have expanded but our loyal customer base is the reason we remain top dogs in our industry.
If you have any questions about any of our products, please contact us today.

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Get Involved in the Big Garden Birdwatch with Weston Sawmill

Discover the full beauty of your garden by supporting the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch with Weston Sawmill.

We specialise in transforming the look of gardens right across Shropshire and Staffordshire with our high-quality timber; whilst being inclusive to all garden wildlife.

For our latest blog, we are going to share everything you need to know about this fantastic campaign.

How to Take Part in the Big Garden Birdwatch

Taking an hour out of your day to sit back, relax and spend some time with the birds, is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Here is a breakdown of how to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch

  • Watch the birds for one hour from 25th January in either your garden or local park.
  • Start counting the birds that land in your garden or park and take note of the different species. Avoid double counting the same species that land at different times over the hour.
  • Finally, you can submit your results online at the RSPB website up until 16th February.

The Big Garden Birdwatch is another great opportunity to see other wildlife in your garden such as hedgehogs and frogs.

The campaign has been going for over 40 years with over half a million people regularly taking part, allowing the RSPB to monitor trends and help them understand the behaviour of our birds.

The scientific data compiled from the survey are compared year-on-year with the results extremely valuable to their scientists; creating a snapshot of bird numbers across the UK.

Talk to the Garden Specialists in Shropshire

If you are thinking about transforming the look of your garden, get in touch with Weston Sawmill today.

Our team of specialists have over 20 years of experience providing our customers with raised garden beds, fencing, pergolas, made to measure gates and decking.

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Gardening Trends You Need to Know for 2020

As we enter 2020, gardening takes on a more important role in creating a healthy and happy place to live all year round.
Weston Sawmill, are the leading providers of new fencing, decking and made-to-measure gates that stand ready to help you with a garden revamp.
In our latest blog, we are going to share three gardening tips that are set to grip homeowners this year.

Houseplants are Getting Bigger

Houseplants are set to be even bigger this year, with plants such as Alocasia (renowned for its giant leaves) and Monstera (loved by gardeners for its deep green, patterned foliage) becoming extremely popular. Having said this, buying smaller plants and growing them will still remain a popular pastime for many gardening enthusiasts.

Sustainable Soil

Gardeners all over the country are expected to swap soil for more sustainable growing options in 2020, such as green waste compost and wood fibre – putting the environment first. Experts are also predicting that many gardeners will adopt a ‘no-dig’ approach, to limit damage to soil structures and help wildlife to thrive.

New research has revealed the benefits of soil bacteria Mycobacterium vaccea on the immune system, ushering in the return of mud pies which could tempt younger people into their gardens.

Bringing Back the ’80s

Some of the most well-known plants of the 1980’s, such as Nemesia and Diascias are also predicted to make a comeback this year. Both species are known for their long flowering period and sweet-scented petals making them a beautiful addition to any garden.

New breeding programmes have resulted in a wide range of spectacular colours such as dark and mysterious Nemesia ‘berries and cream’ and the more delicate ‘Wisley vanilla’, which only add to their renewed appeal.

Looking to Re-Design Your Garden? Get in Touch Today

Before thinking about investing in new plants for your garden, speak to the specialists at Weston Sawmill before you start.
We can offer affordable deliveries for customers across Shropshire and Staffordshire, plus nationwide for any orders of £1000 plus.

Contact us today for more information.

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Have a Garden Revamp in 2020 with Weston Sawmill

One of the most worthwhile New Year resolutions you can make is to transform your garden into the ultimate outdoor living space.

Here at Weston Sawmill, we have got all the components to help you every step of the way, no matter what style of garden you want to have.

7 Must-Have Items for Your New-Look Garden

As garden experts, our team has devised a comprehensive list of seven items you will need for your garden in 2020.

Decking – If you are craving an outdoor space where you can enjoy daytime and early evening drinks in the summer; decking is the smart and classy choice.

Outdoor Dining Benches – Keeping with the timber theme, outdoor dining benches can go anywhere in your garden and can be used by the entire family.

Raised Garden Beds – Do you want to start growing your own fruit and vegetables in 2020? Installing raised garden beds is the best and safest method; especially if you have any mobility issues.

Swing Seats – Swing seats are great for those glorious summer nights where you can gently rock back forth and watch the world go by.

Pergola – Installing a pergola into your garden is a real statement which will impress guests and neighbours alike.

Log Roll Fencing – Log roll fencing is the best way to finish off borders in your garden with a touch of class.

Panel Fencing – Weston Sawmill stock a wide range of panel fencing which can suit any style of garden you desire. We also offer a made-to-measure service to ensure your new fencing fits with your home and garden.

Need More Inspiration? Get in Touch Now

If you need more ideas of how you can give your outdoor living space a facelift, please contact us today and we can answer all of your questions.

Alternatively, come and pay us a visit in Weston-under-Lizard on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border and see our products first-hand and get your creative juices flowing.

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Plan Your Crop Rotations with Raised Garden Beds

January is the perfect time to plan your crop rotations for the year ahead using raised garden beds from Weston Sawmill.

Raised garden beds manufactured from the finest timber will guarantee they last all year round plus they are ideal for anyone with mobility issues or struggles to bend down.
If you have never considered having raised garden beds, here are some ideas of what you can start growing –

• Soft fruits such as blackberries and strawberries
• Root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips and radishes
• Leafy greens like spinach, kale and lettuce
• Onions, potatoes and tomatoes

We would recommend planning your crop rotations for any of these fruits or vegetables before the growing season begins so you know where to plant each crop.

What are the Benefits of Crop Rotations?

Our team of experts understand the benefits of crop rotations in your garden, here are three main ones –

Soil Fertility – Different crops have different nutrient requirements. By changing crops annually you will reduce the chances of particular soil deficiencies developing as the balance of nutrients that are removed from the soil will even out over time.
Weed Control – Crops like potatoes and squashes with dense foliage or large leaves suppress weeds which reduces maintenance and weed problems in the next batch of crops.
Pest and Disease Control – Soil pests and diseases tend to attack specific plant families repeatedly. By rotating these crops between sites and pests will decline in the period when their host plants are absent which helps to reduce the build-up of damaging populations such as spores, eggs and pests. Common diseases this helps to avoid by rotation include clubroot in brassicas and onion white rot.

Want to Know More? Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about Weston Sawmill’s range of raised garden beds, please contact us today.

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Get Your Christmas Trees Any Day of the Week!

With Christmas day just three weeks away, there has never been a better time to get authentic Christmas trees from Weston Sawmill.

As an added bonus, we are open seven days a week in the lead up to Christmas, with plenty of Christmas trees, decorations and gifts all in stock.
If you can’t make it to us during the week, we also offer free mince pies and hot chocolate to customers on Saturdays and Sundays.

Premium Christmas Trees from Weston Sawmill

Our Nordmann Fir range is a premium option, that has become one of the most types of Christmas tree right across the UK. With its cone shape and glossy green foliage, without the sharpness, you may expect from the needles. Nordmann Fir trees are considered quite low-maintenance, with greater needle retention, keeping your tree looking great right across the Christmas period.
We would recommend keeping your tree away from heat sources such as radiators to help it to retain its colour and needles for even longer.

Take Your Pick of Christmas Decorations

Once you have chosen your potted or unpotted Christmas tree, it’s time to choose from our vast range of Christmas decorations. These include:

• Indoor lights
• Outdoor lights
• LED Lights
• Icicle lights
• Lanterns
• Large bulb lights
• Heritage fairy lights

We understand the importance of making your garden look as festive as the inside of your home, which is why we stock plenty of classy wooden Christmas ornaments plus wreaths to fit nicely onto your front door.

Want to Find Out More? Get in Touch

If you have any questions about our range of Christmas trees, please contact us today. We also offer Potted Nordmann, Potted Norway Spruce, Spruce and traditional Christmas trees.
If you’ve never visited us before, we are based in Weston-under-Lizard just off the A5 on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border.

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How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter Part 2

Autumn is a great opportunity for gardeners to tidy up your garden ready for the colder temperatures of winter.

This could consist of getting rid of dead vegetation leftover from the summer, tidying up borders or clearing out your gutters. For our latest blog, we are going to share some essential garden maintenance tips for autumn.

Getting Scrubbing Shade Paint

To make sure your greenhouse plants get the maximum amount of light as the nights draw in, we would recommend scrubbing shade paint from the greenhouse windows. By letting more of the sun’s rays through the glass this will mean temperatures climb slightly higher and save you money on heating bills.

This is easy to do, simply use a bucket of hot water and elbow grease to get your glass looking sparkling clean plus this is always a good time to check and replaced damaged panes and clear your greenhouse gutters.

Clear Out Compost Bins

Autumn is the ideal time to clear up borders and vegetable plots to generate material for your compost heap. Now you can clear out last year’s compost to use around the garden, making room for this year’s waste in the process. If your compost isn’t ready yet you can turn it to improve decomposition and then create a new heap next to it for fresh organic matter.

Keep Gardening Equipment Immaculate

Before your lawnmower goes into the shed for the winter, it’s worthwhile sending it for a service make sure it’s in top tip condition ready for next spring. Shears and secateurs will need sharpening, which you can do yourself or send them away to a professional.

Spades, forks and other tools will benefit from a good wash but make sure you dry everything thoroughly and oil metal parts to prevent rust. Wooden handles can be cleaned and protected using linseed oil but make sure you dispose of rags carefully as linseed can combust as it dries.

Great Garden Maintenance with Weston Sawmill

For over 20 years, Weston Sawmill has been the leading provider of made to measure gates, fencing and decking for customers across Shropshire and Staffordshire.
So if you are thinking of giving your garden an autumn makeover then please get in touch with us today.

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Nordmann Christmas Trees Get Royal Seal of Approval

We’re now less than 50 days until Christmas, so it’s socially acceptable to talk about our fantastic range of Christmas trees here at Weston Sawmill.

We know the quality of Nordmann Christmas trees, but they’ve also caught the eye of Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle.

Recently the new Royal parents were seen purchasing their 6 foot Nordmann Christmas tree for a whopping £65!
You will be relieved to know our range of Christmas trees doesn’t cost that much, but they are guaranteed to make your Christmas display sparkle.

Take Your Pick of Christmas Trees

Whilst Nordmann Christmas trees are extremely popular with our customers across Shropshire and Staffordshire, Weston Sawmill also have a wide range of other Christmas trees, including –

Potted Norway Spruce – This compact version of the Norway Spruce is a great addition to any home or garden.
Traditional Christmas trees – If you prefer something simple, our range of traditional Christmas trees will look great in any living room.
Spruce Christmas tree – Giving you an iconic look and that distinctive Christmas tree smell, you can’t go wrong with the Spruce. A pyramid style is a stylish option plus it’s homegrown here at our nursery in Shropshire.
Potted Nordmann – Whilst Harry and Meghan went for the full-size Nordmann, you can get the potted Nordman at Weston Sawmill if you are short of space or just want something a bit more compact.

Decorate Your Tree in Style

When you’ve chosen which Christmas tree best suits your home style, Weston Sawmill also has a wide range of LED and fairy lights to add to your tree plus plenty of decorations for your tree and home.

Leading Providers of Christmas Trees in Shropshire

Weston Sawmill is the only destination for Christmas trees in Shropshire, plus if you’re planning a New year makeover for your garden, we also supply made to measure gates and fencing.

If you’d like to know more about any of our products, please contact us today.

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Eco-Friendly Ways to Dispose of Christmas Trees

Christmas trees are one of the most important decorations for the festive season, dating back to the 16th century in Germany.

Having a natural Christmas tree from Weston Sawmill looks spectacular, but it’s important to remember the right ways to dispose of your tree once the sleigh bells have stopped ringing.

Here at Weston Sawmill, we are extremely environmentally conscious, which is why we are going to share some of the best ways to dispose of Christmas trees.

Environmentally Conscious Christmas Trees

Our range of Christmas trees are homegrown at our nursery in Weston-under-Lizard and are much easier to dispose of than artificial trees that will usually end up on landfill sites.

Here are some ways to benefit the environment when getting rid of your Christmas tree –

Make Firewood – If you have a fireplace in your home, you can use the wood from your tree to warm the house on those cold January days.
Use as Mulch – The needle-like leaves from your Christmas tree can be used as mulch in your garden, as they don’t collect mold and decompose quite slowly.
Donate Your Tree – Once Christmas is over your tree could still prove useful to your local farm or zoo, as it can be used as treats or a plaything for the animals.
Find Christmas Tree Collection Service – Some charities (depending on your location) run a Christmas tree collection service, which will ensure your tree is recycled and used for other purposes.

Weston Sawmill – The Home of Christmas Trees in Shropshire

Weston Sawmill is the only destination for Christmas trees in Shropshire, with a wide range including the ever-popular Nordmann Fir and Spruce to choose from.

We’ve also got plenty of decorations and Christmas lights that will suit a modern or traditional festival style.

If you’d like to know more about our range of Christmas trees, please contact us today.