Month: October 2017
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…
Keep It Covered UpThe 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 WeightWhen 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 TreesIf 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 CushionsCushions, 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!
Choose the AreaDo 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 PlantsOf 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!
FurnitureOne 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. 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.
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.