Product Advice

  1. This is Why Your Shed Needs Guttering

    This is Why Your Shed Needs Guttering

    Maths isn’t my strong point. Countdown calculations give me headaches. Carol Vorderman doesn’t. When asked to find ‘x’ in an equation, I invariably point to said letter and say, ‘There it is.’ 7 x 8 always gets me counting on my fingers and if you move a negative number to the other side of the ‘=’ sign when fumbling around with algebra it either becomes a positive or you divide something. Or is it multiply? I struggle. To the nth degree.

    I do, however, understand 6x8 when it comes to a shed (see what I worked up to there - nice!) and just as vital, the importance of guttering.

    Your shed roof is large. It catches a lot of rainwater. I tried to find out how much water actually runs off an average sized shed roof in an average year in an average part of the UK. An average task you would think, but it proved to

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  2. Garden Lighting Options and Effects

    Garden Lighting Options and Effects

    Britain is a nation that loves its gardens. We invest so much time, designing, crafting and cultivating our gardens for so many purposes: creating a relaxing sanctuary, growing healthy organic food or entertaining friends and family, to name just a few. But there’s something missing, isn’t there? A final, finishing touch. The solution? Garden lighting. There is a whole host of possibilities for outdoor lighting, ranging from the purely practical to the solely stylish.

    First, let’s get the boring stuff out of the way.

    Ideally, paths, driveways and steps should be illuminated. It’s simple safety. A stumble or trip is so easily avoided by the use of some subtle lighting. Another imperative garden light to invest in is, of course, a security light. Chances are no one will be interested in running off with the garden furniture or the con

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  3. How to Keep Your Shed Secure

    How to Keep Your Shed Secure

    Nowadays, everybody has a myriad of home security measures in order to keep themselves and their possessions safe from burglars, including alarms, lights, and even CCTV cameras. However, many of us choose to neglect improving the security of our garden sheds and storage buildings. Our sheds contain valuable items, especially when they’re used as garden offices or gyms, so why should they remain unprotected?

    Aside from the obvious (don’t leave valuable possessions lying around your garden, as it's an open invitation to some) there are a number of things that can help to deter and prevent theft from garden sheds.

        

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  4. Log Stores: Efficient, Economical and Essential to Keep the Fire Burning

    Log Stores: Efficient, Economical and Essential to Keep the Fire Burning

    All four seasons conjure up their own unique pictures and winter is certainly no exception. As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, the prospect of snuggling up indoors, cosily protected from the unforgiving weather, is very appealing. On this theme, one particular image that will crop up in most people’s minds is that of the log fire. However, anyone fortunate enough to own one can’t just turn on a switch at the mains and warm themselves. Heating logs requires careful preparation and, whether using an open fire or wood burning stove, one of the most important considerations is to make sure that the logs are dry. The simplest way to achieve this is to purchase a log store.

     

    6' x 2' Store-Plus Large Log Store including Firewood Pack

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  5. Prepare Your Greenhouse for Winter

    Prepare Your Greenhouse for Winter

    As winter’s frosty jaws bite deeper into the soft underbelly of autumn, now is the time to get your greenhouse sorted. No one wants tender plants to be savaged by the cold. Obviously.

    Choose a relatively warm, dry day and get everything out of your greenhouse. Give all staging a wash down with soapy water including the glazing. Pay particular attention to the nooks and crannies or anywhere that bugs can overwinter. Let it all dry and then put your plants back in. Diseases will be reduced and light levels maximised.

    If you can, put all your plants together on the staging in one half of the greenhouse. Choose the half away from the door. You can then put up a curtain of bubble plastic at this halfway point, in effect halving the length of your greenhouse. This will help in keeping heating costs down and your plants snug.

    The rest of your glazing can be insulated using bubble plastic. It’s easily fixed to both timber and metal framed greenhouses. The

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  6. Choosing the Perfect Playhouse for your Child and Garden

    Choosing the Perfect Playhouse for your Child and Garden

    Childhood playtime should be all about playing together, role play, imagination and connecting with the world around us. A playhouse can offer all these things.

    As children are exposed more and more to screen time, social media and gaming, a playhouse can help keep a balance with good old traditional play.

    So, you’ve decide to add a playhouse to your outdoor space, perhaps as a birthday gift or Christmas present. Now you need to decide on which playhouse is the one for you and your family.

        

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  7. The Best Plastic Storage Boxes for 2017

    The Best Plastic Storage Boxes for 2017

    Plastic stores can be the perfect solution for your garden storage needs: easy to assemble, low maintenance and durable, plus the variety of sizes and designs ensures there is a plastic store for every garden.

    Suncast Deck Box Side table (SHS19416): blow moulded construction has created a strong, double walled, durable resin side table with a hinged lid. Java in colour and a wicker lookalike, it blends into any patio area, modern or traditional. It is perfect for storing smaller items and obviously as a side table for lanterns, candles and drinks. Once put together (and that takes minutes) there is little or no maintenance. A quick wipe down with warm, soapy water is all it needs to keep this beauty looking in tip-top condition. Each side table is backed by a five year guarantee.

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  8. The Best Wooden Greenhouses for 2017

    The Best Wooden Greenhouses for 2017

    The look, smell and sheer beauty of a wooden greenhouse is one of life's greatest pleasures. Superbly practical with inherent good looks - a wooden greenhouse is a structure to cherish.

    Wooden Mini Greenhouse: this is a lovely way to get started in greenhouse gardening or if your garden is bijou. It’s ideal for the experienced gardener as well. All the timber in this 1.2m x 0.62m is pressure treated and therefore has a whopping 15 year guarantee against rot. The wide double doors allow easy access to your seedlings and plants while the tongue and groove cladding and slatted shelves add up to a sturdy structure. It is easy to assemble and will last for decades.

    Cofton Wall Greenhouse: ideal for any wall or solid fence, this structure has masses of growing space. It’s also highly practical with two opening vents, a

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  9. The Advantages of Plastic Garden Storage

    The Advantages of Plastic Garden Storage

    There is a time and place when plastic garden storage is the perfect solution for keeping your gardening paraphernalia safe and snug. Plastic stores are easy to assemble and require little or no maintenance. They can also combine superb practicality with stunning good looks. What’s not to like?

    Wooden garden storage is great but does need regular maintenance. Repainting or re-staining is a must every couple of years on models that have been dip treated, but plastic stores at the very most need a wash down with warm, soapy water to remove any algae. And that’s only if they have been tucked away in a dark corner of the garden. And that’s it. They are also easier to assemble than metal or wooden stores. Simply slot or click the plastic panels together and within minutes a store can be up and storing. There’s no need for drills and helpful neighbours. All it takes is a quick read of the instructions, layout the pieces and get clicking.

    Plastic gar

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  10. Storage Ideas for Wooden Garages

    Storage Ideas for Wooden Garages

    A garage only becomes a great garage when everything is tidy, tucked away safely, and easily accessible. Simply throwing everything in and slamming shut the door isn’t good enough. And just think, with a little organisation there may even be room for your car. There’s a novel thought! Take a look at some of our top storage ideas.

    wooden garage storage shelving unit

     

    It is easy to bolt and screw simple shelving to a wooden garage. Always make sure that whatever you use is securely fitted as the weight put onto shelves and units can be large. Sawn down planks of wood are often a first choice, but a 4-tier bolted black shelving unit is e

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