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Christmas information

We close down our sites at the end of the day on Wednesday the 22nd of December, our warehouses and delivery services will be closed down and our staff get time with their friends and family to reflect on the year. But don’t worry, we’ll be back on Tuesday the 4th of January at 7:30 am ready to help out with those new years resolution projects!

Placing an order with us

You can still order online on our website after the 22nd of December, but it won’t be scheduled for delivery until after we all return on the 4th of January. In the meantime, you can browse and get your wishlist ready! Summer will be here soon, so make sure you’re prepared.

Please also note that our customer services won’t be available on social media or through phone, but we will still have some posts going up for you to enjoy.

Keep up with our social media

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6 Garden DIY Projects To Keep You Busy During Lockdown 3.0

During these difficult times, it can be stifling to be stuck indoors so much of the time. For those of us lucky enough to have garden space, it is truly satisfying and relaxing to get to work in the garden, enjoy some fresh air and feel a great sense of satisfaction when you complete a project.

We’ve put together this list for those of you hoping to get out there and turn your hand to a garden DIY project once this snow and ice clears off, whether you’re a complete novice or you’re an old hand looking for a new challenge.

To make things easier, we’ve put them in order of difficulty below.

Neaten up your flower beds with some wooden edging

If you’ve been out in the garden and have weeded everything in sight, you may now be wondering how you can take things up a notch. Popping in wooden edging around your flower beds helps create some visual boundary lines which helps neaten up an outdoor space. They’re straightforward to install too – you can get straight edging boards with attached posts or wire backed log rolls that you can use to create curved edges. 

You can also use this type of edging to build a raised flower bed, or if you fancy a challenge, you can create a more professional raised bed using decorative sleepers.

Break up a paved or decked space with garden planters

If you have a paved or decked space outdoors, although it’s much easier to maintain than a lawn, it can also feel a bit soulless when there’s no plant life around. A great way to breathe life back into your garden is to build a garden planter. You can add herbs or your favourite flowers – or even a mixture of both.

Our favourites are this herb wheel and this corner planter, which are both very easy to build. If you can handle flat-pack furniture, these will be a doddle!

Bring a new lease of life to your fence with a change of colour

A fence often feels like it blurs into the background of your garden, but you can make some serious visual impact by painting or restaining your fence. There are always the classic wood shade stains you can go for, but if you’re feeling bold, a pop of colour might just make all the difference in your garden.

Just like in a room, lighter colours can help make your garden feel bigger and more open – you might want to try a very light grey, green or blue, depending on what works best with the colour of your home and plant life.

Greys have certainly seen a surge in popularity in recent years; you can find some of our favourite paints that work well for both outbuildings and fences here.

Get a year-round “perfect lawn” look with artificial grass

Artificial grass has grown in popularity in the past few years as it’s technology has advanced from old rubbery AstroTurf to a grass that often looks more beautiful than the real thing!

Artificial grass comes in a huge range of colours and styles and offers one huge benefit – no more mowing the lawn (find out more about the benefits of an artificial lawn here and how to choose the right type here).

It’s also much easier than you might think to install. Be prepared to put in a good amount of elbow grease in the ground preparation, and remember depending on the size of your lawn it could take a fair number of days to complete, but it’s not a difficult project and it is an extremely rewarding one once it’s complete!

You can find some great deals on artificial grass right here.

Create an eye-catching feature with a garden structure

If you have a nice garden, but you can’t escape the feeling that something’s missing, you’re likely in need of a garden ‘feature’. A garden feature draws eyes to a focal point and creates “interest” in your space.

We particularly like garden structures as features – they’re low maintenance and can be an impactful addition to your garden. Arbours, arches and pergolas create shaded areas of retreat in your garden, along with providing the perfect support for vining plants such as wisteria, roses or sweetpeas. They also make great additions to garden walkways.

Our favourites are this chunky village walkway pergola and this stunning free-standing flower circle.

These can be a little trickier to install than the previously mentioned projects, as it does take a bit of work to make sure the structure is supported correctly but if you’re keen to have a go don’t forget there are free instructions on our site and we have an online chat service if you have any questions about installation – we’re here to help you make it happen!

Build the ultimate outdoor entertainment space with a new patio or deck

If you’re looking for a big garden project that you can really throw yourself into, we’d recommend creating the ultimate outdoor entertainment space with a new patio or deck.

Like artificial grass, a patio or deck reduces the time you need to spend on maintenance so you can spend more time doing what you enjoy most in your garden – whether that’s relaxing in the sun, having a bbq or hot-tubbing in the great outdoors. 

Building a deck may even be easier than you first thought; you can buy decking boards individually if you prefer, but you can also now get decking kits with everything premeasured or decking tiles which slot together similar to laminate flooring!

If you are hoping to go for an Indian stone patio we can also help with installation tips online.

We’re up and running as normal to serve you

Luckily we have a great supply and fast delivery service for all of our products during this tough time, so if you are looking for garden supplies for your next project and want to order online to avoid going into a store in person, we’re here to help.

We even have samples available of artificial grass, decking and Indian stone paving that you can have delivered so you can see your options at home before making a big purchase.

What projects have you been trying out in your garden?

We’d love to hear which projects you’ve been trying out in your garden; please let us know in the comments below.

If you want a great price on your garden project materials make sure you check out our latest offers on eDecks.

We also want to remind you we offer plenty of support and expert advice for most garden projects so don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice for your project today.

At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £150*

48 Hour delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

PLEASE NOTE: Prices were all correct at time of writing, current pricing available at eDecks.co.uk

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eDecks website for more details.

The Friday afternoon publess pub quiz!

Ok, It’s January, it’s freezing, the pubs are still closed and there isn’t a lot around to smile about at the moment it’s true.

HOWEVER it is Friday and we are back with not just one trivia question but five! So wether you are on your lunch break or hiding away in the loo from this kids we hope this gives you a little bit of light relief on this dull Friday afternoon!

  1. What is the national flower of Wales?
  2. Who sang about being an eggman and a walrus?
  3. Which ocean surrounds the Maldives?
  4. Which London square is famous for its pigeon population?
  5. Whats the Italian word for “pie”?

How did you do? Answers below!

  1. Daffodil
  2. The Beatles
  3. Indian Ocean
  4. Trafalgar Square
  5. Pizza

Have a great weekend!

The eDecks team 🙂

Blue Monday: Beat the blues on the most depressing day of the year.

As if every day isn’t enough of a struggle at the moment, today is officially the most depressing day of the year.

The third Monday of January is known as “Blue Monday” for a number of reasons:

Christmas is but a distant memory! In the normal world most of us would have had two weeks of eating, drinking and being merry with friends and family, but obviously this year was very different. Even more reason for this to be one of the contributing factors to blue Monday!

Pay day seems like a million years away! If you’re paid at the end of every month and had an early pre-Christmas instalment around 21st December, that’s a long time to wait for the next payday, especially with the expense of Christmas.

Of course this year we also have the added stress of a global pandemic and a national lockdown to boot! Blue Monday really is gearing up to be the biggest yet, which is especially bad news given the impact that the virus has had on our mental health.

So here’s our 5 top tips to help you stay positive today despite the obvious challenges:

1 – Firstly … and this goes without saying (we are British after all) … Stick the kettle on. We all know the magical healing qualities of a cup of tea, or coffee, or hot chocolate. There is something very comforting about a warm drink on a cold day, especially if it’s accompanied by biscuits!

2 – Get out and clear your head whilst stretching your legs! Whether you are at work or at home, make time to get out and enjoy some fresh air. Just make sure you take a brolly because according to the weather forecast we’re due a downpour of epic proportions over the next two days!

3 – Listen to some great music or an interesting podcast – Music is a welcome distraction that will help to keep the mind from wandering and overthinking. It can really help to lift your mood and most music streaming services have readymade play lists of “happy” or “mood boosting” music, although some of the choices are questionable depending on your taste J

4 – Hold a virtual catch up. One of the positives that have come out of the whole Global pandemic is we are all that little bit more tech savvy, it’s made the world seem a little smaller for those in isolation to keep in contact with friends and family during the most trying times

5 – Talk to us! If you are feeling down today, like the research suggests a lot of people will be, feel free to drop us a DM on our social channels. We are not mental health experts but we do love a chat! You might even get a joke out of us.

We are living through the most unprecedented times, and many of us will be feeling things that are completely new to us, you do not have to suffer in silence or alone.

Anyone can contact Samaritans free any time from any phone on 116 123, even on a mobile without credit.

 Visit www.samaritans.org for more information.

How To Keep Your Timber Fencing Looking Great!

How Do I Look After My Fence Panels?

In today’s blog, we are going to be sharing some of our favourite hints and tips to help you care for your garden fence; by answering some of our most frequently asked questions, you can keep your fencing looking fantastic for many years to come!

Why Do My Fence Panels Rattle?

As we all know, the weather in the UK can be very unpredictable and can cause some issues during high winds. A rattling panel will usually occur when the slot for the fence panel is too wide, allowing the panel to move and vibrate, whilst this is not normally an issue, however, in high winds, this can cause the panels to rattle and occasionally lift from the posts, as the gap will allow air pressure to flow around and under the panel.

How Can I Stop My Panels Rattling?

We would recommend using Fence Panel Grips. Thankfully, these are very simple to install, all you need to do is slot this into the gap down the side of your concrete post and once the clip releases, it will expand and hold the panel securely in place. The recommended amount to use would be four clips per panel for maximum stability and durability.

Do Fence Panels Need Treating?

Yes, all fence panels new and old will need treating, panels will arrive from eDecks dip treated, however, they require some maintenance to make sure they last as long as possible. 

How Often Should I Treat My Fence Panels?

All new fence panels arrive from eDecks dip treated; if you aren’t planning on painting or staining your panels straight away, we recommend doing so after 2 to 3 years depending on the condition of the wooden panels and old panels need treating once a year. This helps to keep them healthy and protected against the elements. 

How Do I Treat My Fence Panels?

Here at eDecks, we recommend using a water-based fence stain on a garden fence is a great way of prolonging the life of fence panels and posts. Fencing stains like Ronseal Fence life one coat is perfect for use on fence panels as they help to protect the timber from cracking, splitting and warping our personal favourite is the Ronseal Fencing Treatment (various colours available) which offers great fencing protection! Once the panels have been cleaned, treated and allowed to dry, fence panels should then be treated with a wood preservative, this will help to prevent future growth of mould and algae. Fence panels that have become heavily soiled with biological growth may require a second treatment.

How Long Do Fence Panels Last?

The typical lifespan of a wooden fence panel is between 10 to 15 years depending on their location and how well they are cared for, the more effort spent trying to maintain, the longer we can expect them to last.

If all this seems like hard work, have you considered our range of composite fencing, not only is it virtually maintenance-free, it will also last for years and years, looking just as fresh as the day it was installed.

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