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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Hypothetical Garden Furniture

Wishful Thinking

One of the reasons so many Britons purchase garden furniture might be wishful thinking. Humans have a tendency to hope for the best, and many of the average person’s purchases will be made with the ‘what if’s…’ as much in mind as the actual conditions. In other words, when purchasing a garden set, a British home-owner may be envisioning a hypothetical months-long spell of sunshine and pleasant weather, as much as anticipating the usual week or so they are likely to get. In this regard, something like a garden set could also serve as a ‘feel-good’ purchase, to boost a home-owner’s hopes that, as the old song says, ‘the sun will come out tomorrow.’


The average Brit loves to entertain, regardless of weather, and the best functions tend to be thrown outside, or at the very least in a spacious and pleasant-feeling area. It is why so many British homes, particularly larger ones, have a conservatory, refurbished shed or a closed-off patio reserved for this exact purpose. Garden furniture could potentially be bought to decorate these areas, in order to give them a cosy and inviting feel. Rattan furniture in particular is quite common in conservatories, so this could partially help explain the popularity of at least this material among British consumers.


The third and final reason which might help explain the popularity of garden furniture in a region with weather as inclement as the United Kingdom is, quite simply, aesthetic appeal. Since modern garden furniture tends to be designed to withstand adverse weather conditions, it is possible that many of the home-owners who purchase garden sets are doing so purely because they think it adds to the visual appeal of their garden. Rather than the wishful thinking tendencies described above, it is possible that the reason for these home-owners to purchase garden chairs, tables or sofas is the exact opposite: they are under no illusions about making extensive use of their new furniture, but they simply think it looks good in their garden, patio or conservatory.

Use Mahogany Trees

Various reasons that make Mahogany wood a popular choice among the manufacturers is that it is strong and durable and responds well to hand and machine tools as the nailing and screwing properties of its wood are really good. Also, it is able to resist insects and moisture naturally so that the created wooden product is not damaged easily. So, it is widely used to make various household items and furniture pieces such as small bowls and spoons, tables, dining set, cots, antique clock, mirror frames, dressing tables. Interior and exterior doors and to carve out kitchen cabinets and window shutters. Apart from furniture pieces, Mahogany is also used to provide exotic flooring in any type of premises.

Mahogany trees are found in mainly three types, namely entandrophragma, swietenia and khaya of which swietenia is the most popular one used for landscaping needs as they are smaller in size, resistant to wind and can be hold onto any shape. These trees are highly prized for their natural red to deep burgundy color tones and are used in boat interiors, interior design moldings and decorative veneers. Many prominent hotels, restaurants, resorts and apartments use the products made of swietenia Mahogany to increase the aesthetics of their establishments.

Read more: Use Mahogany Trees In South Florida Miami For Landscaping
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Artificial Yet Feels Real

Easy Upkeep: As discussed earlier, a good looking and neat lawn is the pride of any home owner. But with mowing, edging, etc becoming tedious when it comes to a traditional lawn, it is hassling to have one at your home. However, if you choose to get artificial grass installed, you do not need to do any of that. Just get the turf laid and that is it. Nothing to worry about ever again.

Green (Both literally and figuratively): Since you do not need to water the artificial grass, you not only save money on your water bill but also conserve water. This means you end up doing your bit for the environment in the process too. In addition to this, you do not need to use chemicals like pesticides and weed killers on artificial grass which can cause a lot of havoc on the environment and affect the ozone levels negatively too.

Safe For Pets: since you do not have to use the chemicals discussed previously you will not have to fret about the health of your pets when they go to play in the lawn. Thus they shall not fall sick because they will not be consuming any type of chemical whatsoever.

Artificial lawns are a great alternative to your regular lawns and they only serve you more benefits while giving you a top quality lawn. With such benefits, it only makes sense for you to invest in the installation of artificial grass. You have loads of options to get it installed at, with patios, front yards and backyards being popular locations for artificial grass.

Tips Pick Fertiliser For Garden

Where convenient, we recommend you get your soil tested so see what nutrients are present and in what percentage. Based on the test results, you can custom feed the soil the nutrients that require to be replenished. Yes it sounds terribly complicated but if you continue to read, you will know it is actually quite simple.

If you visit any garden supplies store, watch out for the fertiliser bags and note the labels. You might see some weird numbers on them. These numbers reflect the percentage of nitrogen, phosphate and potash in that bag i.e. the nutrient ratios. So, a 7-12-7 fertiliser bag contains 7% nitrogen, 12% phosphate, and 7% potash. Another bag might have 5-10-0. Which means it has no potash. There, now based on the soil test report, you can choose the right fertiliser bag for your Gardening Services Cranebrook.

Organic fertilisers: The difference between organic (natural) and chemical fertiliser is the speed of replenishment. Chemical fertiliser nourishes the soil almost instantly and results are visible virtually overnight. Organic fertiliser has to first decompose into the soil before the soil can absorb the nutrients released during the decomposition process. Once the nutrients are released and absorbed by the soil then only it becomes available to the plants.

So does this mean chemical fertiliser are better? Chemical fertilisers are used by farmers because they do not have the time to wait for organic fertiliser to decompose. Also, you have to be very careful when using chemical fertiliser – if you put even a vee bit more than required, it will burn the roots of the plants. It is like giving a patient excess dosage of a powerful drug. It is therefore best if chemical fertilisers are applied only by professionals. When it comes to organic fertiliser there is no such thing as too much or too little so it is totally safe for garden use.

  • Organic fertilisers contribute organic matter to your soil thereby feeding soil microbes, improving soil structure, fighting fungal and bacterial diseases, and contributing to micro-nutrients in the soil.
  • Most organic fertiliser is slow release of nutrients so plants get a steady supply of fresh energy.
  • These days Gardening Services Forster supply chains also stock organic fertilisers that have been pre-formulated in a manner similar to chemical fertiliser but without the chemical effect. Thus, you have organic fertilisers with 5% nitrogen, 5% phosphate and 5% potash and so forth.

Whether you choose organic or chemical should ideally depend on the state of your garden. If your plants need immediate nutrition, chemical fertiliser will do the trick. It might be best though, to use a mix of organic and chemical – i.e. a vee bit of chemical fertiliser to perk up the soil and rest powered by organics.

Not All Concrete Pools

Concrete pools typically take 3 to 12 weeks to install but they are considered the most durable of all types of pools-demonstrated by the fact that there are some still in use today that were installed more than 50 years ago. Both shotcrete and gunite methods spray the cement at a steel rebar backbone. Once the concrete cures, a plaster finish is troweled over the surface. Each method produces durable pools that can be remodeled or enlarged but each has their own distinctive advantages. Debate continues as to which technique lasts longer, but here are a few comparisons.


Invented in 1907, gunite is the name of the process whereby a dry concrete mix is shot from a hose using compressed air along with a water hose that’s mounted underneath, with each hose individually adjustable to alter the mix. Gunite usually demands a highly skilled technician in order to maintain the correct water-to-cement ratio.

  • Gunite remains dry enough to stay in place without dripping.
  • The mixture can harden and dry faster than shotcrete.
  • This material can be sprayed vertically at a target without falling off.
  • Remaining concrete mixture can be kept and used at a later time.


Shotcrete was one of many upstart competitors to gunite and is the name of the process for shooting a wet mix of concrete from a pneumatic applicator. The product is delivered in a truck already premixed. The aggregate mix is shot in multiple passes at high speeds against earthen walls and a pool base, which have woven steel rebar grids.

  • Shotcrete can be prepared quickly in a cement truck and fed into a sprayer.
  • The mixture tends to bond more efficiently than Gunite and leaves less debris.
  • This type of concrete can be applied in a greater volume than gunite and in a much shorter time.