Next month marks National Gardening Week where gardeners are encouraged to celebrate their own little slice of the outdoors and local produce.
Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, the campaign has been running for eight years now with a number of events organised right across the country, with people also sharing their ‘passion for plants’ on social media.
In the lead up to the big week, we’ve prepared some suggestions to help make your garden look its very best.
All the Tools You Need for National Gardening Week
One of the most popular community activities of National Gardening Week is to tidy up or re-design a garden space in your local neighbourhood.
Here at Weston Sawmill we have just the set of tools you need to suit transform any size of garden, even if it’s not your own! Can you expand on this point?
Alternatively, if you’re looking to go green this year, our raised beds are a great way of growing a wide range of plants, especially fruit and vegetables. Here’s some more ways raised beds can benefit your garden –
- Unlike ground level plants, raised beds provide gardeners with increased drainage meaning you’re left with happier plants!
- As the beds are open to the ground, plant roots can also grow further into the ground to source key nutrients, enhancing the roots overall health.
- The height of the beds also makes gardening easier for those with mobility issues.
- Depending on the size of your raised beds you also have the option of planting trees or shrubs
- As the soil is generally warmer, gardeners are also able to start planting earlier in the season.
- Perhaps most importantly for some, the raised beds can also help to keep pesky path weeds and pests such as snails and slugs away from your plants
A Winning Combination for National Gardening Week
Weston Sawmill are the leading suppliers of all the gardening equipment as well as fencing, decking and garden furniture in Shropshire in Staffordshire
For the past 25 years we have worked with customers to provide the best advice for all your garden requirements. If you’d like to know more about any of our products or you have any questions; please get in touch today.
A number of our products are made on-site meaning we can create bespoke products as well as the quality fencing and decking we are renowned for.
The sun is finally beginning to shine again and with it comes ideas of how you can maximise your garden space. If you are close with your neighbours or have friends over regularly during the summer, a glorious gazebo gives you an intimate space to socialise.
Having a place where you can relax and reflect will help your general well-being and give you a space to recharge your batteries in your gorgeous garden.
We can also design your gazebo to match the style of any fencing, gates or decking installed previously– fully co-ordinating the look of your garden.
Go Alfresco with Weston Sawmill
Outdoor living is very fashionable, from dining al fresco, dinner drinks to social gatherings a gazebo gives you a sophisticated garden space for all occasions. Freshening up your dining experience ready for the summer that will create memories to last a lifetime.
Research has shown that 42% of families with children prefer homes with outdoor spaces, so alfresco dining is perfect for them, plus it gives the kids a place to play under shelter when you’ve finished your meal.
Another elegant and affordable way to update your garden is with a Pergola, which can be manufactured to any size specifications, from intimate to more outlandish outdoor living areas. We have recently updated our garden structure catalogue for 2019, now offering pergola arches too!
Weston Sawmill Will Enhance Your Outdoors
Weston Sawmill has over 25 years’ experience supplying the highest quality of fencing and decking, as well as bespoke living space extensions for your garden such as gazebos and pergola’s.
We encourage customers to get in touch as soon as you are considering updating your garden as we can share our years of knowledge and advise on the best products to bring your vision to life.
Characteristic quality and attention to detail are the reasons why Weston Sawmill leads the way in both Shropshire and Staffordshire.
Contact us today to speak to one of our friendly team.
National Nest Box Week encourages bird lovers to put up their nest boxes to support the conservation of breeding birds. Valentine’s Day marks the start of this very special campaign in the ornithological calendar.
The campaign is supported by wildlife TV Presenter Nick Baker, who said,
“I can’t think of a more satisfying way to spend an afternoon than adding something (to your garden) that will help our wildlife for years.”
Weston Sawmill’s most popular type of bird box has a small entrance hole which is a favourite for species like Blue Tits, Nuthatch, Pied Flycatcher and Tree Sparrows.
Bird boxes aren’t a one size fits all, with different species’ choosing all shapes and sizes dependant on their size and diet.
Maintenance Tips for Bird Box Care
The two biggest hallmarks of a top quality bird box are providing shelter and security, and given that it will be exposed to the elements, we would recommend using a water-preservative for cleaning.
One of the reasons National Nest Box Week launches in mid-February is to give them a chance to bed in before the new breeding season starts in Spring, when birds begin their courtships.
Having said this, there’s never a bad time to add a bird box to your garden, as birds are searching all year round for suitable nesting sites. Boxes discovered in Autumn or Winter can be used as roosting havens.
Weston Sawmill Helps You to Celebrate Wildlife
Weston Sawmill have a unique range of bird care products which include timber bird boxes, ready for you to join in National Nest Box Week. Stocking everything from bird baths, feeders and tables we can help you to create a thriving bird community in your garden.
Contact us today to find out more about our bird boxes and other bird care items.
Have you moved invested in a new property perhaps moved into a new home over Christmas that has a log fire and you’re unsure how to use it? Well, we’ve got you covered.
You may not know but Weston Sawmill offers logs and coal for fires, guaranteed to keep you toasty during the last few months of Winter. Log fires are the perfect setting for a romantic night, an evening relaxing with friends or on your own with a book or a catch up of television. They set the mood for peace and harmony.
Your Guide to Lighting a Log Fire
There are two methods of lighting a log fire; either top down or bottom up lighting. Quite simply the former meaning you light from the top and the latter lighting from the bottom. Our team here at Weston Sawmill would recommend top-down lighting, as it produces less soot and ashes. Ensuring better air supply as well as your first set of wood last longer.
Here are a few steps to lighting your log fire –
- Ensure all vents in the fireplace are open and put the logs on the bottom of the fireplace.
- Make sure your wood is cleft and dry and have your logs thick as a fist or thicker.
- Add a layer of small logs, then two layers of kindling (also available from Weston Sawmill).
- Put a couple of fire firefighters on the top layer of the kindling wood, or alternatively some newspaper. Beware though as newspaper creates excess amounts of ashes and contributes to more soot.
- Now you can light your log fire and close the door, depending if your chimney creates a good draught you may need to open the door to the wood stove, until the fire really gets going. If your home or cabin is ‘too’ insulated, you may also need to open a window in this case.
We hope you found this guide to lighting a log fire useful and remember if you need logs, kindling, smokeless or regular coal; you can purchase all these items from Weston Sawmill.
Get in Touch for Logs and Coal from Weston Sawmill
Weston Sawmill is based on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border, and have been providing logs and coals as well as wide range of garden landscaping solutions including high-quality fencing, garden furniture and gates for over 20 years. Contact us today and our friendly team will be able to advise you on the best logs and coals to keep your home fires burning right through the winter.