Pergolas Ideas for Small Gardens

Got your eye on a pretty pergola but are worried that your garden could be too small? With eDecks’ top tips for pergolas for small gardens you don’t have to give up on owning the garden of your dreams. Simply follow our guide and you can make the maximum impact using minimum space.

Frame a Patio Door with a Pergola

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Quickly turn your pretty patio doors into a garden feature by attaching your pergola onto your home. When you’re selecting a pergola make sure to consider the overall aesthetics of your home; a natural wooden pergola is ideal for giving your garden a country cottage feel whereas, a metal pergola will instantly give your home a modern edge.
We recommend eDecks’ stylish Dragon Patio Pergola.

A Pergola Arch is the New Walled Garden

A Pergola Arch is the New Walled Garden

Make your pergola work harder by using it as a sturdy frame for climbing plants. Use varieties of plants such as ivy, Californian lilac, climbing hydrangea or climbing roses to add a splash of colour to your garden in time for spring. One advantage of swapping a walled garden for a pergola is that the slats allow more light to reach the plants so you can enjoy bigger, brighter blooms that flower for longer.

eDecks’ Portico Pergola is ideal for narrow gardens and, it’s manufactured from high quality timber so you don’t have to worry about your plants climbing frame succumbing to the elements.

Pergolas are the Perfect Partner for Patios

Pergolas are the Perfect Partner for Patios

Think you only have space for a patio or a pergola? Think again! Pergolas are the perfect finishing touch for wooden, brick or concrete patios. The trick to creating a pulled together look is to install a pergola that compliments your patio to ensure that it blends in seamlessly. eDecks’ Traditional Patio Pergola is finished with a natural green tint to give you a blank canvas which you can easily customise with a stain or varnish of your choosing.

Don’t let a small issue like space come between you and your perfect pergola! Browse eDecks’ range of pergolas for small gardens online today.

Garden Safety Tips for Winter

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Frosty winter days are fantastic until the combination of rainy afternoons and bitterly cold nights turns your garden into a hazardous ice rink. When this happens you have two options: hibernate for the winter or take precautions to make your garden as safe as possible. If you choose the latter, we can help you keep your family safe when the frost sets in with our top garden safety tips. Otherwise, we’ll see you next spring!

 

Make Anti-Slip Decking Your New Best Friend

If you’re planning on installing decking but stay in an area which is prone to particularly harsh winters (we’re looking at you Scotland) then consider using anti-slip decking instead of regular timber decking boards.

eDecks’ anti-slip decking can prevent your deck from becoming seriously slippery during spells of wet or icy weather. We use a highly durable resin and aggregate combination to give you unbeatable protection from the elements all year round!

 

Salt Rocks!

Rock salt is your number 1 ally in the fight against perilous paths this winter! A generous helping of rock salt will quickly defrost even thick patches of ice so you walk around the outside of your home without having to worry about falling head over heels with every step.

Using rock salt to de-ice your path is so simple that you’ll wonder why you didn’t attempt it before. Start by completely covering the icy ground with rock salt and wait until you see the thicker patches begin to melt away. Once the ice has begun to thaw, whisk it away using a shovel or brush, being careful not to slip on any patches that haven’t melted yet! Rock salt can be stored for a long period of time so it’s a good idea to buy in bulk if you live in an area where you’ll have to frequently de-ice your garden path or driveway

If you shop online for de-icing salt at eDecks, you can save money with our fantastic discounts across the entire range of rock salt! We know how important it is to quickly de-ice your outdoors surfaces when the frost sets in, that’s why our super-fast delivery service can deliver your rock salt within a few working days.

 

Helpful Handrails

Decking Handrails are one of the simplest ways to increase winter safety in your garden. Handrails are particularly useful if you have young children that might not be as careful as yourself when they are running outside to play in the snow. Just remember that you might have to de-frost your handrail if it’s practically frosty. We recommend using a spray de-icer to quickly de-ice your deck’s handrail.

 

Cover-Up (Your Pond)

To you an icy pond is a potential hazard; to your child it’s an impromptu skating rink! No matter how thick the ice looks, it can easily brake under pressure and plunge your child an unexpected plunge into the freezing water beneath.

Prevent your child from venturing onto the surface of the ice by covering up your pond with a bright, protective covering and if possible, use mesh or chicken wire as a protective barrier. Create your fence by spacing out timber poles at equal distances around your pond and securing them in place by driving them into the ground. Then stretch the wire mesh across the poles and secure in place with galvanised staples.

 

What are your top tips for keeping your family safe in the garden during the winter? Leave us a comment below.

Find fantastic discounts on rock salt, anti-slip decking and more at eDecks! Browse our range of garden supplies online today.

 
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Find the Best Type of Decking for Your Garden!

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Hardwood? Softwood? Composite? Is choosing between different types of decking making your head hurt? When you invest in decking, you want to make sure that you choose the right type for your garden. Before you start browsing our range of decking boards, sit back, relax and take our quick quiz that will help you find your perfect type of decking.

How Often Will You Use Your Deck?
A. All the time! You need a deck that’s resistant to wear and tear so you can use it as a children’s play area or a space for family dining.
B. Most of the time. You want decking that you can use as a space for entertaining guests.
C. Occasionally. You don’t need to use your decking everyday but you’d like to make the most of your outdoors space by creating an area for relaxing in the sun or occasionally socialising.

How Much Time Do You Have for Deck Maintenance
A. Very little time. You have a busy lifestyle so low maintenance decking is essential.
B. Some time. You want decking which will only require occasional upkeep to look great.
C. Time isn’t an issue. You enjoy DIY so it’s no problem to spend time in the garden adding a protective stain or varnish to your deck.

Are You Planning on Adding a Finishing Stain or Varnish?
A. No. You want great looking decking without adding a wood stain or varnish.
B. Yes but you want to have decking that you only need to add a treatment occasionally.
C. Definitely! You’re looking forward to customising your decking with a wood stain or varnish of your choice.

Find the Best Decking for Your Garden!

Mostly A
Composite Decking

If you answered mostly A, composite decking is the best type of decking for you! eDecks’ range of composite decking is created from a mix of eco-friendly recycled timber and plastics which makes it resistant to warping and splintering.

This type of decking is perfect if you have a busy lifestyle as it’s extremely low maintenance and it will look great with or without a stain. Composite decking is more robust than traditional wood decking so it’s ideal if you frequently use your deck and need decking boards that are resistant to daily wear and tear.

Mostly B
Hardwood Decking

Hardwood decking is perfect for your garden. This type of decking is ideal for those who want a traditional deck but, don’t want to spend too much time on regular maintenance. Fashionable hardwood decking is more durable than softer types of wood so it’s resistant to warping and weathering even in wet climates.

We recommend using a hardwood decking treatment to protect the rich brown colouring of your deck but it you want to display it au natural, it will gradually take on a gorgeous silver-grey hue as it ages.

Mostly C
Softwood Decking

If you answered mostly C, Softwood decking is the best decking for your garden! Softwood decking is lighter in colour than hardwood decking which makes it the perfect foundation for a range of wood stains, varnishes and finishes.

Softwood decking boards are cheaper than other types of decking materials so they’re ideal if you’re on a tight budget but still want to make the most of your outdoors space.

Now that you know the best type of decking for your garden, what’s stopping you from creating the garden of your dreams? Browse eDecks’ fantastic range of composite, hardwood and softwood decking boards and tiles to enjoy a high quality deck at low discounted prices.

How to Child Proof Your Garden

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To your child, your garden is one big play area waiting to be explored! Although potential hazards might be lurking in your garden, don’t curb their enthusiasm; with a few simple adjustments you can child proof your garden so they can enjoy their surroundings.
While nothing can replace adult supervision, here are some of our top tips for keeping your child safe in your garden:

Lock Up Garden Tools

Storing your garden tools safely in shed is the first step towards keeping your child safe in the garden but, curious children aren’t afraid to venture into sheds when they’re looking for new toys to play with! Make sure that your sharp tools like secateurs and lawnmowers are stored safely behind a locked door to prevent accidental cuts and scrapes.
If your child is helping you in the garden, don’t leave tools lying within their reach when you have to make a quick trip inside. Even if you’re only gone for a few minutes, your child could take this opportunity to play with sharp shears or, spiky garden forks.

Keep Garden Chemicals Out of Reach

The bright colours on the packaging for pesticides, weed killers and plant food can be appealing to small children. Ideally, you should store these dangerous chemicals behind the locked door of your garden shed. However, if this isn’t possible, the next best place to store these products is on a high self where they will be safely out of reach from small hands.

Watch Out for Toxic Plants

Lily of the Valley, Foxgloves and Azaleas might look beautiful but these blooms harbour a dangerous secret! Like many other common garden plants they are extremely toxic to children when ingested.
If you don’t want to remove these plants from your garden altogether, consider fencing them off using chicken wire or pretty trellis fencing.

Invest in Anti-Slip Decking

After spells of heavy rain, decking can become extremely slippery! If you live in an area where there is exceptionally high rainfall, consider investing in anti-slip decking. This ingenious solution is perfect for parents with active children who want to be outside as soon as the unpredictable British climate lets them.

Keep On Top of General Maintenance

Before you let your child explore the garden, take a walk around to see if there are any general repair jobs that are creating hazards in your garden. For example, are there any broken shed windows? Does your fence have any broken, jagged panels? Keeping on top of your garden maintenance jobs will go a long way towards keeping your child safe in your garden.

Keep your child safe in your garden with our fantastic range of high quality, discounted gardening supplies at eDecks.

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Best Pest Control Techniques

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Is your garden under attack from pesky pests? Don’t take it lying down! With some clever pest control techniques you can save your vegetables and protect your plants from being wrecked by bugs and insects this summer.

 

Create Confusion

Usually invading garden pests are seeking out a particular type of plant or vegetable in your garden. Mixing different types of plants together will help prevent insects from honing in on a particular variety of plant. Increase the biodiversity of your garden by breaking up long rows of single crops with plants from different families. For example, plant onions alongside tomatoes or, intersperse your vegetables with low growing annual plants.

 

Cut Back on the Mulch

If you’re using an organic mulch it will be doing wonders for your soil but, the warm, damp conditions under the mulch could make it a breeding ground for young insects such as slugs and sow bugs! If these pests become a problem in your garden, reduce the amount of mulch used and, move it back at least two inches from young seedlings and delicate plants that are susceptible to disease.

 

Keep Your Vegetables Undercover

Ward off invading garden pests such as cucumber beetles and squash bugs by going undercover! Use row covers to keep bugs away from your vegetable rows and new seedlings. As an added bonus, this pest control technique can speed-up crop growth by trapping a blanket of warm air around your plants and vegetables.

 

Invest in a Pesticide

If you have a busy lifestyle you need a quick and hassle free way to win the battle against garden pests. Invest in a good pesticide to instantly get rid of troublesome garden invaders. When you are choosing a pesticide try to get one that is tough on bugs and insects yet, gentle on your plants. Don’t buy an all-round pesticide unless you really need to; if you are having trouble with a particular type of pest, a bug or insect specific pesticide will be far more effective.

What’s your favourite pest control technique? Tell us how you protect your garden from invading bugs and insects!

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