How to lay your new patio!

Before you start A patio is a permanent garden feature, and although it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy being outdoors, you need to carefully consider where it should go. For example, an area facing south or south west will get the most sun during the day and early evening. You will need to make a detailed plan. Measure & mark obstacles that you can’t move, such as doorsteps and drains. Draw out planted areas and map out where slabs will go; avoiding material wastage. Now, transfer your plan into a full sized layout on site. You can use string lines and pegs to do so, and check that the proportions are correct and complement the garden. You’ll need to know the size of paving slabs you

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Designing your garden offers you the chance to create a special place for you to relax and enjoy. With plenty of options to bring character and colour to your garden, we’re here to look at the best methods designers and homeowners use, when deciding which pathway and patio styles suit their garden. Materials There are multiple materials available for your patio slabs, and each one has its individual benefits and characteristics. Natural Stone Natural stone benefits from unique colour tones and patterns in each slab. This means that your patio or pathway will be different to any other one in the world. It is frost resistant, which is great, as you won’t need to worry about damage to the surfa

How to lay your decking!

Before you start: Decking is straightforward and takes less time to install than paving. If you use pressure-treated timber and screws that are designed for the job, your deck will be long lasting and durable. Even with small decks, building regulations can be an issue. It’s therefore worth checking with local planning authorities before you start. Keep neighbours informed if you decide to build a substantial structure. It’s important to choose the correct location. Do you want a sunny or shaded location and is privacy a requirement? If your deck is positioned under permanent shade, your deck may be affected by damp and algae growth, so be prepared to treat these once a year. Designing your

Read our guide on maintaining your decking!

Here is our official guide on cleaning, restoring, refinishing and maintaining your wooden deck. This guide includes expert advice on protecting your decking against wood rot, how to acid wash your deck, and how to apply a finish to the decking. After following these tips your decking will restore that new warming finish; providing your garden with maximal beauty. Inspecting rot on a wood deck If your decking was built of untreated redwood, cedar, or other wood, there is a higher risk of rot, especially if the wood is light-coloured sapwood than a dark-brown heartwood. Examine the wood carefully to see if the boards are rotten. This may be difficult as most wood rot occurs in places that are

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