Month: December 2017

Natural rattan is without a doubt one of the most triumphed materials used in modern day furniture making. A highly reliable and easy material to work with, it is simply perfect for forming furniture pieces for your home or garden. Desser ORLEANS Range close up shot with champagne glasses As an extremely durable material, for decades now it has been utilized to manufacture rattan furniture and as it won’t splinter, it has proved a highly cost-effective and strong item that can withstand the harshness of the UK’s weather conditions.   As a result of all of its benefits, it is no wonder why the country has seen a surge of synthetic rattan garden furniture on sale over the past few years. As it is almost normality now for consumers when shopping for outdoor ranges, it is bringing about the question of whether people should buy natural or synthetic garden rattan furniture. As both forms have their benefits, you may be wondering why you’d pick the synthetic over the natural or ‘real’ version if you like. Well, it, of course, comes down to practicality and cost. Rattan garden furniture is continuously growing in popularity and manufacturers wanted to achieve the distinctive timeless look and feel of natural rattan at a fraction of the cost so it could be available to the masses. Furthermore, synthetic or poly rattan ranges are not susceptible to mould like the real thing is, and it is very easy to clean with just warm water and washing up liquid. The plays a big factor when you consider that natural rattan won’t retain its ‘out the box’ quality due to the varying outdoor conditions where it is vulnerable to the effects of moisture.   Here at Desser & Co, we have designed high quality and high in comfort synthetic ranges for generations now. Whilst we know that outdoor suites have to look amazing, we equally know how important it is that these collections are practical and offer the best value for money. When it comes to synthetic garden furniture, we are proud to offer ranges that maintain the look and feel of natural rattan combined with that long-lasting durability that has made it such a popular material in the outdoor furniture industry. Due to the robustness and flexibility of the material, we are able to offer ranges in a variety of different colours to meet all tastes, all whilst maintaining that toughness that is associated with natural rattan. slider-image-6 One of the common misconceptions is that because these ranges are cheaper than natural ones, it means that the quality suffers. This couldn’t be further from the truth as it is the material that cuts the cost, not the quality of craftsmanship. With UV light protection – that you don’t get from natural pieces – synthetic rattan is the perfect choice for conservatory’s, orangeries or your garden as your suite will not fade in the rare bits of sun that we actually get!   We encourage you to take a look at our luxury synthetic rattan furniture ranges and see how impressive they are. As you’ll find, they look identical to natural ranges, they’re woven in the same way and the variety in design will mean that there is a modern, perfect piece for you.

With the right care, your garden decking can last for years. It might take a little bit of preparation and upkeep, but the results will be worth it when you get to enjoy your garden decking throughout the spring, summer and autumn months. If you are concerned about the recent snowfall and freezing conditions, there’s still plenty of things you can do to protect your deck, even if you aren’t able to take steps like applying a coat of protective seal. Follow these quick and simple steps to protect your deck this winter.

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Clear the clutter

It’s important to clear your deck of clutter in the winter months as it can lead to moisture building up and damaging the wood and joists. Pots and planters and particularly problematic as they can lead to weakened spots in the wood. Move all pots and planters indoors to help protect your plants and then clear the deck of any leaves or branches. Unless you are planning to use your garden dining furniture throughout the winter, it’s a good idea to put this in storage, too.

Apply a sealant

If there is a break in the weather and you get a chance, it’s a good idea to apply a quick coat of sealant to ensure your deck is protected from the elements. You will need to thoroughly clean the deck and then apply a layer of water-based sealant.  If you don’t have time, or if the weather won’t allow it, then you can cover your deck with a tarpaulin to help keep it dry. Make sure you check under the tarpaulin throughout the winter to ensure there aren’t any areas of damp or mildew.

Shovel the snow

If you leave snow on your deck, the process of melting and refreezing can cause irreversible damage to the boards and joists. Also, if you don’t sweep away snow while it is still possible to do so then you can end up with a large block of ice on your deck that is much more difficult to shift. Shoveling or sweeping away the snow after every storm is the best way to ensure your deck is protected.

Look out for mould

A rotten decking board can quickly lead to an injury if not dealt with quickly. When spring comes around again, thoroughly inspect your deck for signs of mould or mildew and replace any boards before they become a safety hazard. Ensure you give your deck time to dry out before bringing your pots, planters and outdoor furniture back onto the deck.

A line of candy canes, in a festive outdoor backdrop. No matter how cold it gets – or snowy depending on what part of the country you are currently in – every good Christmas party somehow wanders outside. After all, nothing is better than cooling down and enjoying the scenery after a long day inside. At Desser & Co we know how important a great festive season is. So, with that in mind here are a few ideas to help bring your garden to life during the festivities, no matter how cold it might be!  

Outdoor Christmas Tree

This takes some forward thinking or forward planting as the case may be, but an outdoor Christmas tree would be a delightful addition to your festivities. Especially if you make the effort to put lights on and make it as vibrant as your indoor variation. Of course, you may have some non-Christmas tree shaped evergreens in your garden already. In which case, they will work just as well for this particular decoration. Getting a star on top might be an issue, but with some creative manoeuvring, you could have a glittering display for all of your family to enjoy. Perhaps don’t put the presents under the tree, however, unless you want soggy gifts.  

Blankets

Sitting around a fire in on your outdoor wicker furniture can be a great way to tell stories and enjoy spending time with your family. However, the fact that it will be very chilly is a fact. That doesn’t mean that it is off limits though. A good blanket, or two or three, can be a great way to keep everyone warm no matter if it snows or not. If it’s very, very, cold then a heated blanket can also be a lifesaver for your family.  

Signs

‘Santa Stop Here’ is a classic, but there are plenty of other great signs that can be used to spruce up your garden space. The more fun it is the better your friends and family will love it. Especially if there are children attending, as you can even invest in a fairy door to ignite their imagination over the Christmas night.  

Lighting

Warm lighting has a wonderful effect of tricking the brain to feel the cold less. Or, at least, that is what you can tell your guests. Buy a string of festoon lighting for a truly sophisticated look (avoid fairy lights at all cost). Of course, you could also choose to use lanterns for a truly festive look. But, depending on whether or not you use traditional or modern you may find their light fading fast.   So, whether or not you want to put the jingle into the bells this Christmas or just want to free up space in your home during a party, decorating your garden could be the best way to do it.

A bushel of berries, growing from the ground during winter. Winter is not a time that we associate with gardening. Instead, it is more likely to bring to mind an image of our gardens submerged in a white blanket of snow. However, here at Desser & Co, we know that this is one of the most exciting times of year for many gardeners. This is when they will start planning and planting their spring bulbs in order to create a bountiful harvest. So, what should you be planting now in order to have a vastly colourful garden when buds start emerging in March?  

Root Vegetables

Parsnips, carrots and radish all come to mind when it comes to root vegetables. All of which do particularly well after being grown over winter. In fact, for many, the taste of the vegetables is all the sweeter for their chilly stint in the ground. Root vegetables can be a tricky plant to grow, they do, after all, grow out of sight. But, an extra few months in the ground can leave all of these problems back in the darkness of winter. Of course, like most plants and vegetables they do find frosts to be a challenging condition. So, try to plant them somewhere that won’t be overcome by frosty conditions as soon as the cooler weather sets in.  

Daffodils

When the yellow blooms of daffodils are spotted, many will know that spring has well and truly arrived. These are bulbs that will survive pretty much anything, so even the novice gardener can enjoy this plant when it comes in the springtime. Just keep them away from heavy shade and you will be awash with beautiful yellow when spring comes around.  

Mushrooms

Not many people associated mushrooms as something that you can – or should – be growing yourself. But, it is completely possible and even a great addition to the aesthetic of your garden in many cases. After all, what could be more fun for your grandchildren to find than a fairy door with many mushrooms growing up around it in a great display.  These can be grown both indoor and outdoor, either by setting up a mushroom log in your garden or using a mushroom kit in a dark and damp part of your home.  

Berries

Red berries are symbolic of the winter months, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a headstart on other kinds of berries in your garden. Gooseberries and currants are particularly good to plant during the winter, as they will begin to bud in the spring. You could even try to plant blueberries (though you might not expect these to be easy to grow in the UK). They prefer acidic soil and do well with additional wood chippings or a layer of pine needles. It can be a good idea to give these particular berries a head start indoors before introducing them to the colder weather. Of course, there’s plenty of time to wait in order to see the fruits of your labour. But once spring comes you can enjoy the budding of berries, flowers and vegetables from the comfort of your outdoor furniture. Content that you have a beautiful garden to enjoy year round.