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The UK government's current guidelines state that you should only leave your home for "food, health reasons or work (if you cannot work from home)". But you can still make use of your garden!

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Britain is currently in the grip of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has already claimed tens of thousands of lives worldwide. In order to slow the virus down, the UK government is urging people to stay at home - although you can still leave the house for the following reasons:

  • Purchasing food and other essentials
  • Going to work (if working from home is not an option)
  • Exercising once per day
  • Medical needs (such as blood donation, caring for others, etc.)

You can also go out in the garden, if you have one - in fact, the government's mental health and wellbeing advice explicitly recommends gardening as a good way to stay healthy during this lockdown.

But don't worry if you haven't got green fingers. There are plenty of things you can do in the garden besides digging, planting and pruning!

 

5 things to do in your garden during the coronavirus pandemic

Even if you're self-isolating because you (or a member of your household) are displaying COVID-19 symptoms, you can still enjoy your garden as long as you're staying at least 2 metres away from other people at all times.

Here are some outdoor activities to try while the country is on lockdown...

  • Yoga - According to the NHS website, yoga is "a safe and effective way to increase physical activity" and there's some evidence that it can be beneficial for people with "high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains, depression and stress". If you've never done yoga before, now is your opportunity - why not go out in the garden tomorrow morning and try a few rudimentary positions? It's a great way to start the day!

  • DIY - If you've got any home improvement jobs that you've been putting off for months...well, this stay-at-home period is your chance to finally get around to them. Spring is here, the weather's lovely, and sunset is getting later every day, so it's the perfect time to go outside and paint that fence, mow that lawn, tidy up that toolshed, etc.

  • Birdwatching - You don't have to be an avid twitcher with an expensive pair of binoculars to enjoy a bit of birdspotting. Your garden may already be a popular destination for all sorts of bird species...and if not, it's easy to put a bit of food out for your feathered friends and watch them through the kitchen window.

  • Gardening - Few things are more rewarding than growing your own veg or planting some flowers and watching them slowly emerge from the soil. Gardening isn't difficult, and there are loads of guides online that will help you to get started. Who knows? You could be eating all sorts of home-grown goodies by the time this COVID-19 business is over!

  • Reading - We've all got a stack of books that we bought but never got around to reading. Or is that just us? Either way, taking a good book into the garden and soaking up some sunshine while you read is a great way to relax and enjoy your newfound free time.

 

How long will the lockdown last?

It's difficult to know for sure when the current 'social distancing' measures will be relaxed and things will return to normal.

The current restrictions will be in place until Monday 13 April at the very earliest, but the guidelines are under 'constant review' and there's a good chance they will be extended as more and more COVID-19 cases are confirmed. There's a possibility that some social distancing measures will be necessary for most of the rest of the year - restrictions may even stop and resume several times depending on how things progress and how the government chooses to respond.

One thing's for sure: Brits will be getting a lot of use from our gardens this year!

If you're thinking of adding a deck to your garden, TimberTech's composite decking is the ideal choice - our products require virtually no maintenance, and the splinter-free boards are great for barefoot yoga sessions.

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While gardening, in general, may seem like the most accessible route to a greener home, how you design your outdoor space can have a notable effect on how eco-friendly it is.

From the use of chemical-pesticides to removing precious trees, certain actions within the garden landscape can have a profoundly negative impact on the environment around you.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can counteract this and make your garden the ultimate scene for going green.

 

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Greendependence

When it comes to giving back to their environment, self-sufficiency is the perfect way to save energy and resources while saving the planet at the same time. Here are a few ways you can make the most of what you have at your disposal and take one step closer to garden independence.

 

Upcycle Old Goods

One of the most effective ways to reduce waste is to reuse what you already have. Luckily, when it comes to the garden, there are a wide variety of ways to make the most of what you’ve already got and repurpose your old goods with a new lease of life.

With a little creativity and a bit of elbow grease, older items that are past their prime can be completely revitalised by gaining permanent residence in your garden. Turning an old chair or table into garden furniture is an easy transition and can be as simple as adding a new coat of paint.

Meanwhile, a wide variety of items can be repurposed as garden planters, from wheelbarrows and metal washtubs to chandeliers and birdcages – the list is limited only to the confines of your creativity. Even an old tyre can make an effective planter!

 

Water Collection

As far as recycling goes, water collection is a great place to start. It’s simple, requires very little effort and your source material literally falls from the sky. All you have to do is disperse it when needed!

If you are an avid gardener, watering your plants is a chore you will already be familiar with. On the other hand, if you are new to the gardening game and looking to dip your toe in the water, it helps if that water is already there waiting.

Collecting water saves on tap water and makes for the perfect way to water your new upcycled garden planters. Water butt kits can be found at any good hardware store, while a variety can also be found online.

 

Grow a Pear

What better way to take a give back to the environment and gain a great sense of achievement at the same time than by planting your own fruit and veg in your own garden?

Growing your own fruit and veg not only reduces your impact on the environment but, from an economic standpoint, it’s considerably cheaper too.

Meanwhile, there are also a number of eco-friendly benefits to growing your own food too. With zero transportation and potentially no pesticide use involved, your garden could well be the perfect place to turn your kitchen green.

 

Eco-Friendly Decking

When it comes to eco-friendly garden ideas, composite decking is an environmentally-friendly option that not only looks good but does good too. At TimberTech, we go the extra mile to make sure your composite decking is as green as can be.

 

Waste Not, Want Not

Made from a unique blend of recycled hardwood and pure polymer resins, our deck boards fit the eco-friendly edict of reuse and repurpose in the pursuit of waste reduction.

Unlike traditional wood decking products, no trees are felled in the production of our composite deck boards and all of our wood materials come from reclaimed wood.

Meanwhile, 50% of the polymer used is also the result of recycling, creating an end-product that boasts a composition that’s made up of 73% recycled materials in total.

 

Long-Term Investment

The durable qualities of our composite decking products make them a one-time purchase for many homeowners, further benefitting the environment by negating the need for additional decking in the foreseeable future.

What’s more, TimberTech composite decking requires no painting, sealing or staining throughout its lifecycle making the use of harmful chemicals completely unnecessary, further contributing to the environment.

 

Sustainably-Sourced

Our end goal is to ultimately make TimberTech products from 95% recycled materials and, we’re pleased to say that this isn’t too far off.

A number of our newest additions scheduled for release this year are made from 100% recycled resin, comprising of items that once served as shampoo bottles, milk jugs and plastic wrap.

Meanwhile, our manufacturing process has also been given the eco-friendly treatment as well, with 99% of the waste material being reclaimed for reuse.

Even the packaging we use to house our products is made from recycled materials and is itself 100% recyclable.

 

So, there you have it: a few eco-friendly garden ideas to help you contribute to a healthier planet today. For more information on eco-friendly garden ideas or to find out more about sustainable composite decking from TimberTech, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 029 2080 3756 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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2019 has been a year of amazing decks and garden transformations for our clients, and it doesn't look like we'll be slowing down as we head into the new 'deck'ade!

If you're considering a spot of renovation in the new year, or if you're looking for some garden inspiration then look no further. We've scoured the internet and consulted our customer feedback to give you a good idea of the decking trends you can expect to see in 2020. Let's dive right in..

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Creative Configurations

Whether you combine different colours, grains or board orientations, something that's not going anywhere in 2020 is creative configurations!

In modern gardens, a simple rectangular deck in a single block of colour is likely to look completely out of place (unless you love the minimalist vibe). 

So, if you're someone with a range of eclectic garden furniture, ornaments and beautiful flowerbeds, we expect you'll opt for an interesting deck design. 

Here you can see an example of a TimberTech deck that was created using two of our gorgeous brown shades and was strategically laid to create a space with character that leads the eye across the garden space. Want to create something similar in your own garden?

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Cable Railings

We' expect a  rise in the number of garden spaces being given an 'industrial' makeover. Metals, bold lines and shabby-chic furniture will be popping up in gardens up and down the country, and our chunky cable railing will fit right in! 

This railing option prevents slips and falls off the edge of your decking without obstructing your view of the garden. Perfect for you sun worshipers who plan to spend plenty of time in the garden in Summer 2020!

Better yet, our cable railings are infinitely easier to upkeep than glass or wood balustrades because they're made from marine grade stainless steel and are resistant to corrosion. They won't show mucky finger marks like glass, and they won't need sanding or sealing like wooden rails. 

With 2020 set to be another busy year, low maintenance & high impact garden additions are going to become a household staple. Learn more about our cable railing here...

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Rooftop Decks & Balconies

We've had the pleasure of working on a handful of rooftop projects in 2019, and we're really looking forward to taking on a few more projects like this in the new year! 

Predictions show that summer 2020 is going to be another scorcher, and in our opinion, there's no better way to spend a hot summers day than sitting on your balcony or rooftop with a cold drink and enjoying the scenery. So, why not make the most of your roof space and convert it into a TimberTech terrace!

We know what you're thinking wouldn't a rooftop deck get really hot in the sunshine? You'll be pleased to learn that TimberTech's composite decking is resistant to heat. You'll be able to lay on a soft towel and worship the sun or wander around barefoot without the risk of sticking or stinging! 

Better still, our composite decking is fade resistant so even if it's in direct sunlight it won't lose its rich colour. You'll be able to enjoy your rooftop design year-after-year! Find out more about our rooftop balconies here...

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 We hope this gives you a better idea of the decking trends to expect in 2020. As always, if you have any questions, or if our decking predictions have sparked your interest, don't hesitate to contact a member of our friendly sales team. 

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As the days get shorter and the temperature gets colder, the allure of sitting out on your open decking area can lose its appeal in favour of the cosy warmth of the indoors.

However, leaving the golden-brown scenery untouched is a huge waste of one of nature’s most beautiful seasonal sights.

What’s more, the brisk outdoors can also be the perfect place to create some lasting fun-filled memories, especially if you have young children or grandkids to share it with.

Make the most of your autumnal landscape this season with these autumn garden activities.

 

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Autumn Garden Ideas

With half-term just around the corner, we’ve delved deep into our rustic bag of tricks to give you’re a whole host of ways to enjoy your garden decking this autumn and give the whole family something to remember along the way.

 

Halloween

Perhaps the highlight of the entire autumn season, Halloween brings with it a whole host of outdoor fun just waiting to be had.

While the brisk weather may call for some decking downtime as the summer sun takes a back seat, now is the perfect time reconnect with your outdoor space.

Why not utilise your deck area to carve up a devilish Halloween pumpkin ready for the big day? Composite decking is perfect for this, providing a broad surface that won’t stain.

Similarly, where better to introduce the kids to apple bobbing than your water-resistant deck? No arduous clean-up and no fun police necessary.

What’s more, composite decking is also slip-resistant, making it the perfect surface for your underwater fruit-foraging activities.

 

Leaf Prints

If there’s one thing autumn isn’t short of, its leaves. They’re virtually inescapable at this time of year and, while beautiful at times, can leave your deck a little messy.

Why not kill two birds with one stone and use these leaves to create some fun autumn memories with your family?

Gather up the leaves that have landed haphazardly on your deck and pick out the biggest and best.

Put a blob of poster paint on a paper plate and simply place your leaf of choice into the paint and press the painted leaf onto a piece of paper of card.

Repeat with different leaves and colours to create a fun and colourful autumn pattern.

 

Leaf Rubbings

If the idea of poster paints sounds a little too messy for your liking, why not try leaf rubbings instead?

Repeat the steps from above, collecting the fallen leaves from your deck area and pick out your leaves of choice.

From there, simply, place your leaf bumpy side up and cover with a piece of paper, using a wax crayon or blunt pencil to rub over the surface until the whole leaf has been revealed.

 

Bonfire Night

If there was ever an autumn evening that was meant to be enjoyed outdoors, it’s bonfire night.

Whether you plan on creating your own firework display in your garden or simply want to enjoy the array of fireworks that grace the night sky, the garden deck area is the perfect place to watch the night unfold.

You can even get the kids involved by providing sparklers – just be sure to take the relevant safety precautions beforehand (e.g. gloves, water bucket, etc) and supervise at all times.

Why not make the most of the evening by lighting up the barbeque one last time before it goes into hibernation until the following summer?

Bonfire night could become the perfect evening for a family gathering, with ready-made entertainment and hot food to go with!

 

So, there you have it: plenty of fun-filled ways to make the most of your composite decking this autumn.

For more information on TimberTech composite decking, give us a call on 029 2080 3756 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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Creating a garden that can be enjoyed by the whole family is a primary objective for many homeowners looking to revamp their outdoor space.

This is a concern that is often held in particularly high regard for those with young families and older relatives.

Both children and the elderly can be at greater risk to trips, falls and injury, so a safe decking area is paramount.

Here are a few top tips to keep your decking as safe as houses.

 

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Slip-Hazards

If you’re intending on using your deck for activities likely to result in a wet surface, it’s worth investing in the appropriate slip-resistant decking material.

Whether you’re considering investing in a swimming pool or hot tub, the likelihood of the surrounding decking becoming covered in splashes and spills is a veritable certainty.

Invest in capped composite decking to keep slip hazards to a minimum. Protected with a polymer sleeve, capped composite decking is extremely moisture-resistant and dries notably quicker than other decking materials.

 

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Hand Rails

For additional safety for your deck users, it may be worth adding a handrail system to your decking area. In addition to looking sleek and stylish, they also boast a number of safety benefits.

Composite deck railings can help provide stability for users, which can be particularly reassuring if your deck is elevated off the ground, e.g. a roof or balcony. Meanwhile, even on level ground, handrails double up as an effective boundary to contain exploring youngsters.

For additional designer flair, why not consider our range of glass balustrade surrounds, perfect for safely enclosing your deck area, while maintaining complete transparency for total visibility.

 

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Lighting

Adding appropriate lighting can not only be a great way to make the most of your decking area after the sun goes down but it can also be a fantastic way to illuminate potential hazards to deck dwellers.

Adding built-in deck lights into your decking design is an effective way to highlight decking edges around the perimeter, while they can also be used to great effect on steps and stairs to accentuate their presence.

For any elderly family and friends that may suffer from deteriorating eyesight, this can be particularly useful and help limit potential trips and falls by warning of changing height levels.

 

For more decking safety tips or additional information about how to limit hazards in your deck design, why not drop us a line? Call now on 029 2080 3756 or click the button below to get in touch online now.

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