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Upgrade your garden with these easy DIYs

Around this time of year, it can be easy to forget about your garden. Here at eDecks, we think they need love all year round. So, roll up your sleeves and get those tools out, it’s time for some quick and effective garden DIY!

Shelf planters

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It can be difficult to find space on small balconies but these shelf planters allow more green in a tight space, making it feel more open. Plants can be especially important in cities where there isn’t as much greenery. Here at eDecks, we have a wide range of reject decking, so these shelves can be made at a low cost and without any environmental impact. All you need are some wood screws, a drill and a saw to cut the pieces to your desired size. This simple DIY will only take a few hours but it will leave you with a beautiful addition to any garden space – big or small!

Floating containers

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This garden DIY is, again, perfect for gardens of any size and make your fencing kinder to the eye. If you have ever grown strawberries you will know how they love to grow as far as they can and take over shared planters but with these small containers, they will stay a manageable size. Similarly, with the shelf planters, these boxes can be made from our wide selection of cheap reject wood and follow the same instructions: get some screws, a drill and a saw to cut the pieces to your desired size – and if you don’t want to use screws, waterproof glue works just as well!

Decorative gravel area

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Creating a zen area is important for gardens of any space, and it may not even require any building! At eDecks, we have a wide range of gravel and aggregates of many colours and textures. All you need for this simple DIY is two different colour gravels, some low maintenance plants and, optionally, some hardwood decking or fencing to bring the area together. Everyone’s idea of zen is completely different, so if minimalist isn’t your idea of perfect – don’t worry, our next DIY will be right up your street!

Raised vegetable bed

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Raised planter beds can be expensive, so making them yourself seems like the smartest option. We carry a range of discount sleepers, that are easy to cut and nail together and have a beautiful rustic look that looks fantastic in any garden, but this oak can be painted any colour! We recommend special sleeper nails for this wood since it is so thick, but the results will be worth it.

DIY jobs can seem intimidating but they are worth having a go! And with such low prices here at eDecks, the costs just make sense, creating things for yourself is much more rewarding.

Looking for the best deals on wood DIY supplies?

Check out our amazing deals here on the eDecks website!

We also offer plenty of support and expert advice for most DIY projects – and any products we sell online. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice for your project today.

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

Superfast FREE delivery on orders over £150*

48 hour delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

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

Make the right decision for your garden grass

It’s time to discuss the age-old question: which grass looks best in my garden?

In this blog post, we are going to explore artificial grass, with so many variations, it can be very difficult to decide which is best for your garden. This product has become popular in recent years thanks to its durability in all weather conditions, lack of maintenance and all-around fantastic look.

Artificial grass is commonly used in sports, thanks to its durability.
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Which grass looks better?

It isn’t uncommon for people to say that artificial grass looks fake and unnatural in the garden, but many people have only seen it on a football pitch! Don’t be fooled – it comes in a large variety of colours and textures to fit your home – so whether you have a small space you want to open up or want less to maintain in a large outdoor area, it might be perfect for you.

There is such a wide range of grass products here at eDecks, we even have installation videos to make the DIY even easier!

The range of artificial grass we offer here at eDecks!

Artificial grass offers:

  • No maintenance
  • No muddy patches or damage
  • Lasts through any conditions
  • Looks bright and well kept all year long

Real grass offers:

  • A natural look
  • Good for wildlife and the enviroment
  • More affordable
  • Enjoyable to maintain
Artificial grass in the home.
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You might think that real grass feels softer, but with the wide range of artificial grass, you can actually find softer thread types and to make it even bouncier – you can get a luxurious underlay! Not only is it less maintenance but if you suffer from hayfever it means you won’t react, so you can enjoy your time outside.

Looking to convert to artifical grass?

Check out our amazing deals on artificial grass here on the eDecks website!

We also offer plenty of support and expert advice for most installation projects – and any products we sell online. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice for your project today.

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

Superfast FREE delivery on orders over £150*

48 hour delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

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

**Prices all correct at time of writing

Composite Decking Area: How To Work Out The Components Needed

Here at eDecks, we are the Kings of Decking, with more and more decking styles and varieties appearing on our website, as we always strive to better ourselves and keep our customers happy. Therefore we have put together a guide on how to work out the components needed to create your perfect composite decking area.

evergrain composite

Fixing Clips: You will need 23 clips per square metre.

Formula: Square meterage x recommended amount

For example, if you have 45 square metres x 23 = 1,035 fixing clips.

Or, you can also work it out as roughly 12 clips per board.

fixing clip

Starter Clips: You will need 12 starter clips to run on the first board.

If you have over 50 decking boards, we recommend doubling the amount of starter clips and so on.

starter clip

Angle Brackets: If you are using composite joists, please see below.

To find out the amount of brackets you require you will simply need to have double the amount of joists you have.

Each angle bracket requires 4 screws.

If you are using timber joists you will not need the brackets.

real groove

Joists: Because composite deck boards are heavy, the joists will need to be laid every 300mm.

If you have an area of 3.6m x 3.6m, the total area would be 12.96 square metres.

To work out the joists for this, you would calculate it as 3600 ÷ 300mm = 12.

You will also need to add on an extra 4 joists to go on the outskirts of the frame to complete the area.

deck joist

Decking Boards: No matter what size decking you use you will need to add on 5mm to the width of the decking to factor in the recommended gap.

For example, if the width is 145mm (Real Groove), you will need to do the calculation as 151mm in width.

Formula:
1000 ÷ by the width of the board (plus the 5mm gap)

1000 ÷ 151 Times this by your square meterage and then divide by the length of the board you are using.

If you have an area of 12.96 square metres and are using the Real Groove decking, please see below.

1000 ÷ 151 x 12.96 ÷ 3.6m = 26 boards at 3.6m lengths.

infinity composite

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Composite Decking around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Don’t forget that if you need any further help figuring out your decking, then our friendly and professional sales team are always on hand to take your calls on 0844 474 4444. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

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

Grass: Sprucing Up Your Garden For Summer

With Summer not too far away now, we wanted to showcase the different types of grass seeds, grass seed spreaders and weedkillers we have to get your garden looking stunning this Summer.

With regards to grass seed, we have many different varieties, available in 1kg increments up to 10kg and then also a 20kg option.

eDecks Economy Grass Seed: This is aimed at keeping the cost low for the consumer without affecting quality. A low maintenance mixture producing a yield that will look good all year round. It is perfect for large landscaping projects where value for money is priority.

economy seed

eDecks Hardwear Lawn Seed: A very hard-wearing lawn mixture with Dwarf Amenity Ryegrass. It is fast-growing with an outstanding degree of water tolerance and is ideal for gardens which need extra protection against wear and tear and is especially suitable for family use. Hardwear Lawn Seed produces a superb surface suitable to a range of recreational uses.

hardwear seed

eDecks Quality Fine Lawn Seed: A ryegrass-free ornamental lawn mix which offers quality at an affordable price. This mix produces an exceptionally thick, dense turf which provides a good year-round colour.

quality fine seed

eDecks Low Maintenance Grass Seed: A slow-growing mixture which requires minimum upkeep. This seed gives a stunning fresh green colour across the seasons, combined with a good wear tolerance. We recommend this as a superb choice for surrounds within urban or rural developments, housing or industrial estates. An economical purchase needing very little maintenance once established.

low maintenance seed

eDecks Shady Area Lawn Seed: This grass seed has been created for a lawn which is deprived of light. This mix uses ingredients which are tolerant to low light areas, enabling you to still have a successful yield all year round.

shady area seed

eDecks Childs Play Lawn Seed: The child’s play mixture is a dual purpose mix, which offers durability with an excellent appearance. You will find it quick to grow and it will put up with anything and everything a child can throw at it.

childs play seedf

eDecks Renovator Mix: If your lawn is looking tired and you are wanting to bring it back to life, then this is the lawn mixture for you! The Renovator Mix is easy to establish and has rapid germination.

renovator seed

eDecks D.O.T. Verge Grass Seed: A quick way to establish a mixture that offers drought tolerance and soil stability on slopes and embankments. This mixture will tolerate road salt and exhaust fumes so is safe to use on grass verges etc.

dot seed

eDecks General Sports Pitch Seed: This is a versatile mixture containing both fine leaved perennial ryegrasses and fescues that will not only perform well under close mown management but will leave a dense and even sward. This is vital where consistent bounce is a pre-requisite, such as tennis and cricket. General Sports Pitch Seed also performs well under wear and is ideal for football, hockey and more.

sports seed

Here at eDecks, we like to make your life as easy as possible, and so along with our wide range of grass seed, we also offer two different grass seed spreaders. The first, our Budget Grass Seed Spreader is a domestic year-round broadcast spreader and allows you to cover large areas quickly. It is suitable for the distribution of seed or fertiliser.

budget spreader

The second one we offer is the 36.5kg Seed Spreader, suitable for spreading seed and fertiliser with a 36.5kg capacity hopper with an adjustable flow rate and pneumatic tyres. This all-round broadcast spreader is suitable for applying fertiliser and seed and the polypropylene hopper sits on a black powder coated frame, with enclosed gearing, a folding handle and a multiple feed setting control which gives a maximum spreading width of 3m.

36.5kg spreader

In order to rid your garden of those pesky weeds, we offer many different weed killer products, the first being the Bayer Garden Weedkiller Sachets. This is a systemic weedkiller which kills most tough and deep-rooted weeds including brushwood, bracken and ivy. These simple soluble sachets can be dropped into water and applied using a watering can or a sprayer. The ground will be suitable for immediate replanting once the weeds have died.

bayer

Another option is the Long Lasting Ground Clear, which is great for killing weeds prior to laying decking. It is a unique systemic broad spectrum residual weedkiller that can be used to clear overgrown areas of the garden as well as around woody ornamental shrubs and trees such as roses and on gravel paths and driveways. It is classed as a modern alternative to sodium chlorate.

long lasting ground clear

We also offer the Weedol Spray Gun Root Killer which is a ready-to-use solution which gives fast-acting visible results and effective, systemic root kill, so that the weeds don’t return. This effective and easy premixed weedkiller provides economical control of large areas of weeds all around the garden.

weedol spray

Another spray option is the Roundup Spray Ready To Use Weed Killer, which kills quick-growing annual weeds as well as tougher deep rooted perennial weeds such as ground elder and bindweed and fully degrades in soil allowing replanting. Roundup Spray is a pre-diluted ready-to-use glyphosate weedkiller that kills weeds right down to the roots so that they don’t re-grow and sprayed lightly onto weeds leaves it starts working in hours and kills most garden weeds and grasses with a single application.

roundup weedkiller

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Grass Seeds, Grass Seed Spreaders and Weedkillers around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

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

Anti-Slip Decking v Standard Decking

Decking is an attractive and useful upgrade to any garden, as well as helping you to avoid the upkeep of mowing the lawn. But with so many options out there, it can be difficult to choose the kind of decking which is best for yourself and your garden, so eDecks are here to help you decide between anti-slip decking and standard decking. The main types of decking materials that you will find will be softwood, hardwood, composite and anti-slip.

buff and brown

Softwood decking comes from fast growing trees such as pine, which is quickly replaceable. This then makes this decking material the cheapest option, but it is weaker than a hardwood or composite decking.

Things to know about Softwood Decking;

  • The cheapest decking material
  • Easy to install
  • Requires the most maintenance (cleaning and treating with oils is recommended for longevity)
  • Lasts up to 25 years when well maintained
  • Colour and finish is easily changed

Hardwood decking comes from slower growing trees such as oak, which can be far rarer and therefore are often the most expensive decking option. Hardwoods can pay off though – not only are they more aesthetically pleasing but they usually last longer than softwood and require much less maintenance.

Things to know about Hardwood Decking;

  • The most expensive material
  • Harder to work with (but eDecks provides plenty of guidance and support)
  • Requires much less maintenance than softwood
  • Can last for over 50 years
  • Can look the most impressive

If you live in a particularly wet part of the UK, or you’re planning on adding a high-risk slip area to your deck, such as a hot tub, you may want to consider how you will make your deck safer to use. Anti-slip decking is a perfect solution for this, or whether you have young children, or are simply unsteady on your feet.

charcoal and red

If you know your deck is likely to face a great deal of water and heavy foot traffic, getting full anti-slip boards may be your safest option. Full anti-slip boards feature large inserts that cover the majority of the board with a rubbery material that is not only waterproof but more importantly – slip resistant. This means that you will still be able to walk across your decking safely, even when covered in large puddles of water.

These are the best decking boards you can get to avoid accidents and will have the best grip, so if you are looking for a very safe deck or if you are decking an area near a pool or hot tub, we would highly recommend using these boards. Anti-slip strips aren’t always to everyone’s taste aesthetically, but you can get them in a variety of different colours to suit your deck – there are even grass look decking boards if that is something you feel would fit your garden.

grassedeck

If your decking isn’t used as a splash deck, but will still be exposed to water, you could invest in some anti-slip decking with built-in anti-slip strips. These decking boards look very chic and the anti-slip strips are probably the least noticeable of any option – so if you’re wanting a good looking wooden deck, but with the extra safety of anti-slip features, these are the boards for you.

anti slip strips

Made with thin anti-slip strips of material made of resin and aggregate, each line of anti-slip material can easily be mistaken for a shadowed groove instead of a safety feature. Because of the incredibly professional finish, these can be a popular but more expensive option, however, we would always recommend speaking to one of our friendly yet professional sales team before being put off by price as we always offer incredible decking on many types of decking. You can even buy samples of all decking options to ensure you pick the best product for you and your deck.

To conclude, anti-slip boards will last the same amount of time and need the same treatment as standard softwood decking boards and this goes for the hardwood option too. Hardwood decking and anti-slip hardwood decking will last the same amount of time as each other and will also require the same treatments. The only difference between Softwood, Hardwood and Anti-Slip Decking boards is the fact that they have the grit inserts running through the boards and will be a lot more comfortable under foot than your normal decking.

green and buff

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Anti-Slip and Standard Decking around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

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

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