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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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How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter Part 1

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 gardening 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.

Get the Garden of Your Dreams 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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Discover your Garden’s Micro-Climate with Weston Sawmill

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.

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Garden Landscaping for Beginners with Weston Sawmill

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.

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How Weston Sawmill Install Hanging Gates

Installing hanging gates is one part of the landscaping service we offer at Weston Sawmill.
If you’re looking to add additional security to your garden, then hanging gates are a great way to achieve this.
As experienced providers of modern and traditional garden designs, we can replicate the style of your fencing and gates to create a consistent look for your outdoor space.

Reliable Installers of Hanging Gates

Firstly our team will come to your property and measure up for your garden gate and acquire accurate size specifications.
We recommend your gate frame is approximately 20mm wider than your gate, which allows your hanging gate space to expand and retract during different weather conditions.

Hanging Gates – Three Steps to Success

Step 1. Prepare the Frame – Before we begin hanging your gate, we will need to secure a mounting frame. If you’re mounting your gate onto a brick wall, we would suggest using timber wall plates to allow a strong frame with wall plates allowing shutting strips to be fitted easily.

Step 2. Fix Hinges to the Gate and Mounting Post – We expertly fit galvanised hinges and fittings to enable accurate installation
We have worked on properties replacing gates in the past where they have been installed incorrectly by other suppliers with wear and tear visible on the components.

Step 3. Secure Shutting Strips and Latch – Now your gate is securely hung on a mounting frame, we recommend adding a timber baton onto the gate frame at the opposite side of the hinges which prevents the gate from swinging too far against the hinges once its been fixed to the frame.

There are two types of latch you can choose from for Hanging Gates –
Closing Latch – Ideal for smaller gates
Ring Latch – Works better for larger installations

If you have an unfitted gate the latch can be placed in a position of personal preference, whereas a security gate latch should be in the centre rather than the top, making it harder for any intruders to reach.

Order Your Hanging Gates from Weston Sawmill

With over 25 years of experience providing the finest fencing, decking and landscaping products such as hanging gates for a wide range of customers in Staffordshire, Shropshire and Wolverhampton.
Discover more about our products, please contact us today.

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Best Fruit and Veg to Grow in Raised Beds from Weston Sawmill

Raised beds are a great way to grow a wide range of juicy fruits and vegetables in your garden ready for the Spring sunshine.

With improved drainage plus improved control over the temperature of your soil, raised beds, give you the opportunity to use different soil types for growing. Plants can also be grown in blocks and more uniformly as the competition between them is minimal. Unlike an allotment or a larger vegetable patch, they can be covered more easily, if required.

Here are five essential vegetables to add to your garden this Spring

Root Vegetables – Carrots, radishes and parsnips are perfect vegetables to grow in raised beds because they are free of rocks, clay and debris – which allows more room for their roots to thrive.

Leafy Greens – Greens like lettuce, spinach and kale will look marvellous in your garden and with the fast draining soil, your lettuces won’t get soggy roots.

Onions – Onions also love quick draining soil and require plenty of compost mixed into your soil. Usually taking around 100 days to reach maturity, the warmer soil will give them the best opportunity to thrive.

Tomatoes – Tomatoes are big feeders that require nutrient-rich soil to flourish and much the same as onions you will need to customise your soil with compost.

Potatoes – Potatoes are easier to harvest when grown in raised beds using hilling soil around the shoots as they grow. Potatoes need loose, loamy soil to grow well, which also keeps them from rotting. Potato crops grown in raised beds will also have a higher yield with bigger tubers.

Talk to the Gardening Experts at Weston Sawmill

With over 25 years of experience in creating stunning gardens with the highest quality of fencing, decking and plenty of other garden improvements such as raised beds.

A host of our products are manufactured here on-site, so why not come and pay us a visit at our base in Weston-under-Lizard on the A5 near the Shropshire/Staffordshire border.

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

National Gardening Month

Celebrate National Garden Month with Weston Sawmill

National Garden Month takes place throughout April and it’s the perfect time to transform the look of your garden.

Weston Sawmill has a wide range of gardening tools that suit beginners right through to seasoned gardeners. Winter can be a tough time for gardeners but with more sunshine and the temperatures slowly rising, it’s the best time to get back out into the garden.

Top Tips for New Gardeners

If you’ve never considered gardening before now is the perfect time to start, here are some tips to get you started –

Keep it Simple – Gardening can become an investment so start small with planting tomatoes and peppers that will provide a bit of colour in your garden plus they can be used in meals.

Know Your Soil – Do some research beforehand to find out the best kind of soil to use for planting, as not every plant or tree requires the same kind of soil. Areas with clay soils don’t drain well and your plants will have wet roots in rainy weather. Sandy soils drain easily, but in droughts, the plants require more water unless they are resistant to droughts.

Raised beds – Weston Sawmill has various sizes of raised beds in stock which will save on weeding your grounds and are perfect for gardeners with mobility issues.

Create Your Own Outdoor Paradise – National Garden Month isn’t just about planting; you could consider adding decorative features to your garden such as lanterns to brighten up your paths and decking. We have a wide range of wooden and metal lanterns in all sizes that will suit any style of garden.

Weston Sawmill – Transforming Gardens Since 1993

Here at Weston Sawmill, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality of service to our customers and offering the best advice to ensure you get the garden you desire.

We’re renowned across Shropshire for providing the finest decking and fencing as well as all of the gardening equipment you will ever need.

Get in touch today to speak to one of our experts and kickstart your National Garden Month activities!

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Garden Landscaping with Weston Sawmill

Garden landscaping is an exciting prospect, whether you are looking to make more room for your family, wanting to add some colour or a complete re-design.
Weston Sawmill’s team of landscapers can offer you plenty of ideas and heaps of experience to make sure you get the design you want.

Landscaping ideas come from doing research and taking inspiration from garden centres, public gardens, annual garden shows and even your neighbours gardens!
It’s important to consider the size of your garden and think practically about what you’re going to use the space for.
Here are some essentials to add to your garden landscaping plan:

  • Walls and boundaries
  • Hedges and fencing
  • Paths and patios – there are plenty of colours and designs for paths and patios
  • Lawns – have you considered a striking lawn design?
  • Water features (such as ponds)
  • Zoning areas (dining, shading, playing)
  • Planting – trees, shrubs and pots
  • Lighting – for features such as Pergola’s

Decide Between Formal & Informal Garden Landscaping

Formal gardens are tidy and geometric with plenty of straight lines and clipped hedges, whereas informal gardens are designed around organic curves with much more relaxed planting, displaying an element of freedom.

The trick to whatever design you choose, is to stick to a single, homogenous look.
Renowned Garden Designer Robert Myers says,
“People often over-complicate design by putting too many ideas and patterns into a small space making it look too busy and fussy.”

Garden Landscaping That Fits Your Budget

Once you’ve decided on the look you want for your garden, it’s time to talk to experts from Weston Sawmill who will be able to give you the most beautiful garden according to your budget.

We have been providing the finest garden landscaping services in Shrewsbury since 1993 from our base in Weston-under-Lizard on the A5 near the Shropshire/Staffordshire border.
If you’ve got any questions or you would like to receive a quote for landscaping, please get in touch and we’re sure we’ll be able to help.