Landscaping

Ideas for Landscaping a Larger Garden

Posted on November 26, 2017 at 1:39 pm

A large garden space is a lovely thing to have, but it also takes more consideration. You will need to decide exactly how you would like to landscape your garden, and have a plan in mind so that it doesn’t end up looking haphazard. Here are some top landscaping ideas:

  • Install a deck area. If the space is big enough, you will have room for a patio area as well. Choose a secluded spot and install a deck, as a place to sit and enjoy some peace.
  • Have a pond – or several ponds. Make them into a little feature, with bridges and pathways. You could keep fish as well if you like.
  • Create a rockery. This gives you the chance to plant cacti and other succulents. Have a rockery on various levels to make the most of the space.
  • Have a gazebo. Place it out of view of the house for a little privacy and surround it with beautiful plants and flowers.

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What to do With a Big Garden

Posted on August 4, 2017 at 8:41 pm

Big gardens are lovely and lots of homeowners have one on their wishlist. It’s challenging to know what to do with them once you have one, though. Here are some ideas for planting a big garden area:

  • Make it into a terraced garden if it is sloped. This will break the garden up into different areas and zones to give you variety.
  • Vary the garden between plants, flowers and grasses. They will all bloom and flourish at different times of the year, so there will be something of interest all year round.
  • Let the garden take over. You can only plan to a certain extent. Let the plants take over and fill their own space.
  • Mix and mingle plants together. Don’t be afraid to try out different colours next to each other. Splashes of vivid colour can look beautiful. Perennial sunflowers are a popular border flower for colour and brightness.

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Timber Up and Over Doors Construction and Operation Mechanism Guide

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 2:49 pm

The need for doors with bespoke designs that stylishly complement the perfect finish of homes is at all-time high thanks to the readily available wide range of doors with endless finishes and styles. Whether you are searching online or from a local store, you will find many standard styles and sizes as well purpose-made doors to fit a special garage or home. One of the most popular door types in the UK is the up and over timber doors. Woodrite Oakley Timber up and over doors are known for their greater panel design flexibility as they are not restricted by panels divisions and high security as well as easy operation.

The up and over timber doors are primarily produced in two different construction methods that include the traditional joinery and chassis build. When producing traditional up and over timber doors, the manufacturer uses various traditional methods such as tenon and mortice joining among others to strengthen the back sections of the door panels. Once finished, the door’s panel is then fitted with the appropriate operating gear. The operating gear is installed directly to the timber panel that is also fitted with all necessary components such as the weatherstrips and roller and locking plates. The traditional joinery door construction also uses a timber fixing sub frame to maintain consistency and ensure visual effect throughout the timber.

The second type of construction is far more popular today as it offers improved security and superior weather sealing. In this type of construction, a steel box section chassis is included in the design as a blank canvass for the infill of timber. The main benefit of including a steel chassis in the construction is that the Woodrite Oakley timber up and over door is not affected by the timber issues of expansion, contraction, and movement. With this type of construction, the gearing and locking are fitted to the steelwork and not the timber, which offers far tighter tolerances between the subframe and the door.

The timber up and over garage doors also feature two different operating mechanisms that include canopy operating gear and retractable operating gear. The canopy mechanism is highly cost-efficient and cost-effective. It is also easy to use and has a simple design that makes it the popular up and over timber door type. The door derives its name from the pose it takes when opening. When open, the door creates a canopy cover that projects outside of the opening. The main benefit of canopy doors is that they offer maximum drive-through width and are easier to install.

The retractable type derives its name from the way the door draws back into the garage. The door is fastened to the garage using spring-loaded side arms that rise from the fixed subframe floor and supported to the open position by spring tensions on either side. The benefit of retractable up and over timber doors is that the roller wheels in the functional horizontal track wells offer a smooth and dependable opening. Garage doors with retractable mechanism can also be easily upgraded to feature electric operation. All these up and over timber doors come with a high-quality wood stain finish in a wide array of modern and traditional colours to match any home decor.

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Training Climbing Plants

Posted on September 26, 2016 at 6:14 am

When you want to have climbing Plants growing up against your garden fence to hide the ugliness of the fence and create a more green effect in your garden you need to stick some free standing bamboo sticks about 6 inches apart from each other and evenly spaced, so they have room to grow out and up the fence.

It’s important to remember that you will have to keep re-positioning the ties around the climbing plants to train them to grow in the direction you want them too, and you also have to keep trimming them down if they start to go stray. When they have started to angle in another direction, it’s a good idea to tie the straying plant to the adjacent stick in the opposite direction it is growing in. By doing this you are training the plant to correct it’s direction and start climbing back up vertically rather than diagonally.

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Sculpting Hedges in Your Garden

Posted on August 26, 2016 at 5:46 am

A nice touch to gardens with hedges that stand independently in an ornamental fashion in your garden is to have them sculpted into a simple shape, such as an oval, a square, a diamond and you can even decorate them with a few solar garden lights to create a cool lighting effect at night. Though for the more complex shapes you will need to hire a landscaper to translate your ideas into a work of art that you would love to see in your garden.

You can even spend a few hours trimming the large hedges outside your home if you have them marking the borders of your gardens.

If you don’t have any hedges you can buy some free standing potted hedges and sculpt them too. You can even get the artificial types that should have a tidy fixed shape that will look nice in your garden and will require very little upkeep.

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