Month: October 2017

A picture of a bonfire.
  The end of October draws closer, which means that Bonfire Night is soon to follow. A night that is full of fireworks and warming bonfires, perfect for battling the cold of the oncoming winter. But, this night can present many dangers for your garden. Ensuring a safe environment for yourself and everyone involved in the night should be the first priority of any Bonfire Night activities. With that in mind, how can you ensure that your garden is as safe as possible when it comes to bonfire activities? From keeping your pets safe to making sure the wicker furniture isn’t scorched, there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to safety this Bonfire Night.  

Choose Your Bonfire Location Carefully

Building a bonfire under tree branches, obviously, is a bad idea. One that comes from choosing the wrong location to build up your bonfire in. Keeping your fire away from fences, plants and sheds is also important to ensure your garden is not permanently damaged as a result of this night. A ten-metre parameter should be set around the bonfire and everything else in your garden. Scorching your grass may be inevitable, but keeping the flames contained in a fire pit or something similar could be one way to avoid this issue.

Never Use Paraffin or Petrol

Though it may speed up the process, lighting a bonfire with petrol is also a sure way to lose control of the situation fast. A stray drop of petrol can have a devastating effect on both your garden and home. So, take the extra time to light your fire and avoid catastrophe. Your local firefighters will thank you for it, at the very least!

Standby Water

Flames often have a mind of their own and for this reason keeping water on standby is an ideal precaution. This way if something does go wrong – even simply a stray ember in your bushes – it can be dealt with quickly and efficiently. Even the smallest and most controlled bonfire can get out of control, so be prepared.

Supervise Children at All Times!

Bonfire Night is a fun experience and an occasion that will create many great memories for children. But, a burn or other injury could ruin the fun of the event quite quickly. As such, supervision is essential for all children in your garden during the festivity. And when letting off fireworks, you must first ensure that children are at a safe distance. Pets should be kept indoors throughout the activity, as they can become distressed and easily hurt themselves.

Keep Seating Away

Ensure that anything flammable – yes, including your very comfortable Henley chair – is kept as far away from the fire as possible. It may be tempting to sit and enjoy the warmth of the fire up close, but embers and smoke can quickly damage your seating if left unchecked.   And with that, you should have the safest garden possible this November 5th. Meaning that you can enjoy the night that Guy Fawkes made infamous with peace of mind. If you still need seating – to be kept at a safe distance from the flames – then don’t hesitate to contact us here at Desser & Co on 0161 834 1795 for details on how we can help.

Just last week, the UK was hit by hurricane Ophelia. The hurricane brought extremely high winds and caused large amounts of damage across the country. As we know stormy conditions can’t be changed so all we can do is prepare and hope for the best. If you’ve invested in your garden setup over the summer, you don’t want all of that hard work and money spent to go to waste. Whilst you can never fully be protected from the effects of a hurricane, you can, however, follow the below steps to ensure your garden furniture stays safe so you can keep it in pristine condition ready for when the weather improves again!  Find out how to do so here…

Storm Damage To Garden

Keep It Covered Up 

The easiest and best way to keep your furniture dry and free from debris during a storm is to invest in a cover. The key is to ensure that your cover is the right fit for your rattan chairs, tables and umbrella (if you have one). If your suite doesn’t come with one, make sure you measure up before buying your cover. You need a tight fit for your seating group so if you have a few pieces, make sure you have a sheet that contains them all. You can now purchase covers that tie around your furniture and to nearby objects to ensure that it holds firm and doesn’t fly off.

Add Some Weight

When high winds are present you’ll need to weigh down your outdoor furniture with sandbags, weights or even just heavier objects. This will, of course, depend on the weight of your furniture but if you can’t sit heavier pieces on top of your suites, surround the legs with the weight to ensure it holds its position. For wicker patio furniture, weighing down your ranges (Tables and Chairs) is a must as they can often be blown over so you want to hold them down to prevent damage. Chairs should also be tucked in under the table and umbrellas should always be placed in a heavy umbrella base like below to keep it from blowing away.

Tend to Those Trees

Garden Tree Damage After Storm If you’ve not caught the news over the past week, you may not have seen the damaged caused to people’s property from falling branches. If your garden is filled with surrounding trees then you may need to take some action before the bad weather hits. Large tree branches hovering over your patio furniture can pose a threat to damaging your set. It’s a good idea to make sure any tree branches that are overhanging your set are either trimmed or removed. In addition, if you own a garden awning, make sure it’s closed up and secure before the storm comes in just so it doesn’t fall on your home or your patio furniture pieces.

Hide Away Those Cushions

Cushions, when left outside, are often the victims of stormy weather, whether it’s them being blown away, damaged or covered in debris. If you know a storm is going to be hitting, the simple and safest way to protect your cushions is to take them inside or store them in a heavy-duty outdoor storage container or even your shed.

A garden can be a wild paradise or a sophisticated dining area, depending on your tastes. For many, blending the two into a relaxing seating space is the best of both worlds. It is a great space to relax on a hot summer’s day, enjoy Bonfire Night – ‘tis almost the season after all – with friends or even host a barbecue for the neighbours. Creating such a space, however, can be a daunting prospect for a garden that is currently underdeveloped. So, here are a few tips for creating a beautiful space which will impress all of your guests, from start to finish. Don’t just have a garden, create an extension of your home that feels as comfortable as a second living room – with the right wicker furniture to match! pexels-photo-238385

Choose the Area

Do you want an elevated space? One that is clearly defined by pavement or even a wooden patio? The area in your garden that you choose needs to have enough space for your needs, well situated for optimal sun exposure and have a level of privacy. Your garden will no doubt have multiple purposes, so carving out a specific seating area can be important to create the ambient atmosphere you desire. Using fences, trellises or screens to create your boundary and enclose the space is also possible. However, if space or budget is limited, then simply having a floor boundary can be just as effective. A paved area, whether simply or intricately designed, can be the difference needed to separate your relaxing seating area and the rest of your garden. When creating a flooring for a space you will come across a choice between materials. For a fully natural feeling space, wood is the obvious material choice. However, stone, concrete and even gravel are all great options depending on your budget. Out of everything, gravel is certainly the most budget-friendly flooring option. If you know your seating area will be largely natural then choose a flooring to match, as it will have a cleaner, more modern, look. Always think ahead when making your material choices to ensure the space matches and has a visual cohesion.  

Grow Plants

Of course, one of the most appealing aspects of any garden is the plants that grow there. You don’t have to be a green-thumbed woodland elf to have a beautiful garden, despite what people may have told you! It’s easy to keep and maintain a small but beautiful natural garden, whether you choose to grow flowers, herbs or even vegetables. Plants that are perfect for beginners include sunflowers, nigella, marigold, sweet peas, lavender, snapdragon and many others. If you want to grow trees then try an apple tree as a beginner. Not only are they harder and easy to care for, but you will also get fruit once they reach maturity. Beautiful and productive!  

Furniture

One of the final steps to finishing the look of your seating area is to choose the right outdoor furniture that will be the focal point of the space. Of course, you can go for the typical plastic furniture set that has become a sort of classic. But, this can detract from the beauty of your created space. For those aiming for a more natural look cane furniture may be the best option. The natural material and intricately woven design of this type of furniture can be stunning aesthetically, but also offer a great level of comfort for those long evenings enjoying your garden and the company of friends. Screen Shot 2017-06-12 at 13.54.43 So, there you have it! The best ways to create a beautiful seating area that will make your garden space a luxurious and comforting place to be all year round. Although, perhaps don’t sit out there in the snow – unless making snow angels, of course! Need help deciding on the right furniture for your garden? Don’t hesitate to contact our team on 0161 834 1795 – we can(e)’t wait to take your call.

conservatory-condensation Arguably the biggest frustration for any conservatory owner in the winter is condensation. During this time of the year, condensation is a common problem and it is one that could lead to several problems if neglected. If untreated, the moisture build-up can lead to some unpleasant mould building up which can damage your window frames, sills and most importantly your rattan furniture – Not to mention the health problems mould can cause with spores being released. The best way to cure mould and condensation is by prevention so we’ve outlined the causes below to show you how to reduce it from happening.

So How Is It Formed?

Simply put, condensation is the name given to the process water vapour becoming liquid. Condensation forms when the air has reached the saturation point and can no longer hold any more water, or when the temperature of the air drops to a point where the water molecules in the air slow down to a point where they begin to cluster together. As a result, this is why you see it form on the windows of your conservatories as the indoor air comes into contact with the colder glazing, creating water droplets on the glass.

So What Is The Solution?

The best way to prevent his from happening is ventilation. Subjecting the room to some fresh air and circulation will help as modern builds are often more airtight than they were years ago. One of the main ways to prevent build-up is to increase the temperature of the air, keeping your conservatory warm and circulated but this doesn’t clear the root of the issue. By improving the airflow, you can release the built up vapour through simply opening the windows and allowing the vapour to escape. Using a heater in tandem with open windows will keep the water in the air in vapour form, preventing it from cooling too much, but will also increase convection so that it can leave the room easily. Often an effective conservatory radiator will ensure that the room temperature is warm and the air gets circulated. On those odd days where the weather is not horrific, open your conservatory doors and let the room breathe.

Extreme Cases

For those of you who are faced with continued condensation and spots of mould, it will be worthwhile getting a dehumidifier to alleviate the moisture from the air to prevent future occurrences. Obviously, this isn’t as cost friendly as you’ll have to consider using more electricity and buying the products itself but it will give you the best results. You could also try a window vacuum; this handy tool will make removing condensation a simple and straightforward job as its much quicker and easier than wiping them down with cloths. In addition, drip strips can be used. Strips can be added to the bottom of the window so that is captures and absorbs so it can catch any moisture that runs down the pane. This is a cheap option but it requires frequent attention as the strips need to be wrung out every so often. The beauty of all of the remedies above is that they are quick and easy solutions to implement. Damp is never a pleasant thing to look at so by taking the time to increase your ventilation will go a long way when it comes to tackling those condensation problems.