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Landscaping Guide Summer 2019

Pick-Up a Copy of Our New Landscaping Guide In-Store

Landscaping Guide 2019Pick-Up a Copy of Our New Landscaping Guide In-Store

BHC Merchants stock an array of landscaping products and materials which will inspire you to create the garden you desire.

We have the materials you will need to create everything from a stunning patio area to building a raised flowerbed using Railway Sleepers.

Visit us in-store to pick up a copy of the Summer 2019 Landscaping Guide and, while you are here you can visit our newly completed landscaping display.

 

Landscaping Guide 2019

Enquire at BHC Merchants today:

Telephone: 01555 840026

E-Mail: merchants@bhc.ltd.uk

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Saturday: 8am – 12pm

 

We’re Now a Toolsaver Outlet!

Toolsaver

BHC Merchants are now a Toolsaver outlet!

We’ve teamed up with Toolsaver and are now stocking a range of products as advertised in the Toolsaver Catalogue, bringing you a wide range of products at a fantastic price.

The catalogue features the industry’s leading brands including:

Toolsaver Brands

View Toolsaver’s big offers below:

Enquire at BHC Merchants today:

Telephone: 01555 840026

E-Mail: merchants@bhc.ltd.uk

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Saturday: 8am – 12pm

 

Tobermore Paving – Clearance

Tobermore Paving - Clearance

Don’t hesitate to give your outdoor space a new lease of life this Summer!

BHC Merchant stock a range of Tobermore’s most popular paving products including the Historic Flag, Shannon and Tegula range available in a variety of vibrant and rich colours to suit your home.

 Contact BHC Merchants today for a price on our Tobermore range:

Telephone – 01555 840026

E-Mail – merchants@bhc.ltd.uk

Remember, once it’s gone, it’s gone!

 

Tobermore - Historic Flags - Clearance

Tobermore - Historic - SamplesThe Historic Flag slabs will bring vintage style and charm to your garden.

The soft fettled edges and natural textured riven surface provides the look and feel of natural stone. Available in a range of soft muted colours to create a rustic feel.

 

 

Tobermore - Tegula - Clearance

Tobermore - Tegula - SamplesThe Tegula range will bring warmth and elegance to any outdoor space.

The tumbled effect gives the stones an antique appearance, offering the perfect balance of old and new. Available in a variety of rich, long-lasting colours, these stones will add a bit of character and style to both modern and period properties.

 

 

Tobermore - Shannon - Clearance

Tobermore - Shannon - SamplesTobermore’s Shannon range offers a contemporary design combined with an ultra-smooth surface, making it an ideal surface for kids to play on.

This block paving range has been manufactured with close fitting joints and meticulously edges to help minimise maintenance whilst creating a contemporary feel to your property.

Enquire at BHC Merchants today:

Telephone: 01555 840026

E-Mail: merchants@bhc.ltd.uk

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Saturday: 8am – 12pm

 

BHC Building and Landscaping

Take a Look at Our Spring/Summer 2019 Leaflet!

BHC Building & Landscaping Leaflet

Has our new Spring/ Summer 2019 leaflet landed on your doorstep yet?

BHC Merchants supply a wide range of quality products and materials to trade and DIY at competitive prices. Whether you’re doing a small job, building an extension or even a new build – we have the materials you need.

Our new leaflet can be viewed here – BHC Merchants – Summer 2019

Spring Bank Holiday

Spring Bank Holiday – Opening Hours

Business as Usual

BHC Merchants will be open and ready to deliver to you this coming Spring Bank Holiday Weekend!

Will you be tackling some DIY tasks over the weekend?

Our offers include:

Gardening Offers

Ronseal One Coat Fence Life

Enquire at BHC Merchants today:

Telephone: 01555 840026

E-Mail: merchants@bhc.ltd.uk

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Saturday: 8am – 12pm

Decking Oil or Decking Stain: Which is Best?

Decking Oil or Decking Stain: Which is Best?

Decking Oil or Decking Stain: Which is Best?

Decking Stain or Decking Oil: Which is Best?

With Summer approaching quickly, now is the best time to revive your decking. Oiling or Staining your decking is essential in the prevention of your decking greying and rotting however, which product should you choose?

Decking Oils

Ronseal Decking OilDecking Oil is used to nourish the wood, giving it an enhanced natural finish. Once applied, the oil penetrates deep into the pores of the wood, protecting it from water damage while restoring oils lost through weathering and it can prevent deck boards from splitting, warping, rotting and greying as well as protecting against scruffs and scratches.

Using a decking oil will not dramatically alter the appearance of the wood however, some may slightly darken the natural colour as the natural oils lost through weathering are restored.

Oiling a decking area does not come without it’s potential issues; not all types of wood are suitable for oiling and you cannot paint or stain an oiled deck until it has weathered over a period of several years.

Decking Stains

Ronseal Decking StainThere are two major benefits associated with using a decking stain including; it’s ability to entirely change the look of your deck whilst providing a high level of UV protection, increasing the lifespan of the decking.

Using decking stains can reduce the visibility of the wood grain due to the high pigmentation of the product. Once dry, the staining has the potential to crack, peel or flake leading to moisture penetrating the wood which may cause rotting. In order to re-coat decking in an alternative coloured stain, the old stain must be completely removed which can be difficult to strip from the grooves within the decking boards.

Decking Protector

Decking ProtectorIf you are looking for a product that will protect your decking without changing the appearance – then a decking protector is the solution for you. The product is almost clear, lightening the surface of the wood ever so slightly and it’s water based meaning it will add moisture to dry and cracked wood, preventing it from splitting.

This product is ideally used for a newly laid decking. Apply two coats of product for best results and re-coat annually to maintain a healthy deck.

Top Tips for Applying Decking Oils and Stains

Regardless of which product you decide to use, it is essential to ensure your deck is clean before you begin.

Before beginning to paint, ensure that the contents of the paint are thoroughly stirred to guarantee that the colour pigment is well distributed throughout the oil or stain.

We would recommend carrying out a patch test on a small area of decking, allowing it to fully dry before continuing to oil or stain, this will ensure you are satisfied with the product.

Lastly, do not apply in wet or damp conditions as this can adversely effect the application and final finish of the product.

Ronseal Products

Recommended Products

Ronseal Ultimate Protection Decking Stain – Ultimate Protection Decking Stain is the best choice if you are looking for a long-lasting finish. It protects against harsh weather and can withstand footfall, making it the ideal product for an area with a busy footfall. This product will last twice as long as the standard decking stain – keeping your decking looking fantastic all year round.

Ronseal Ultimate Protection Decking Oil – Decking Oil nourishes wood whilst giving it a beautiful, natural finish. It’s tough against weather and will stand up to wear and tear.

Ronseal Decking Protector – Decking Protector will prevent your decking from greying in the sunshine and will protect against rotting in the rain. It will also prevent decking boards from cracking, twisting and swelling.

Enquire at BHC Merchants today:

Telephone: 01555 840026

E-Mail: merchants@bhc.ltd.uk

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Saturday: 8am – 12pm

 

 

 

Decking Kits – Now Available!

Decking Kits - Now Available

BHC Merchants has everything you need to build a high quality deck within your garden.

A decking area is a fantastic way to bring together family and friends.

At BHC Merchants, we can supply you with a simple, ready made Decking Kit that is hassle free, easy to construct and will transform your outdoor space.

Our range of decking kits are made from pressure-treated timber and will last up to 15 years if cared for properly.

Decking Kits are available in the following sizes:

3.6m x 3.6m – £198.00 + VAT

4.8m x 4.8m – £350.00 + VAT

Each decking kit includes:

• Deck Boards (47mm x 100mm)

• Sawn & Treated Joists

• Nails & Screws

Our kits are simple and straight-forward to install. They are ideal for creating a patio space, extending your living space or even placing in a sunny spot of your garden to create the perfect space to entertain or simply relax.

Once you’ve installed your decking kit remember to protect the wood with either Decking Protector, Stain or Oil.

We recommend using the following products:

Ronseal

Ronseal Ultimate Protection Decking Stain – Ultimate Protection Decking Stain is the best choice if you are looking for a long-lasting finish. It protects against harsh weather and can withstand footfall, making it ideal for a busy area. This product last twice as long as the standard decking stain – keeping your decking looking fantastic all year round.

Ronseal Ultimate Protection Decking Oil – Decking Oil nourishes the wood whilst giving it a beautiful, natural finish. It’s tough against weather and will stand up to wear and tear.

Ronseal Decking Protector – Decking Protector will prevent your decking from greying in the sunshine and will protect against rotting in the rain. It helps to prevent decking boards from cracking, twisting and swelling.

Reduce the risk of  of slipping or falling on wet timber decking by inserting DeckWright Anti Slip Decking Inserts

DeckWright inserts can be easily fitted into most timber decking boards, providing you with an attractive, long lasting solution to a slippery problem for both domestic and commercial projects.

Enquire at BHC Merchants today:

Telephone: 01555 840026

E-Mail: merchants@bhc.ltd.uk

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Saturday: 8am – 12pm

 

 

Easter Hours

Easter Weekend Opening Hours

It’s business as usual this Easter Weekend at BHC Merchants.

Easter Opening Hours

The Easter weekend provides many with the opportunity to relax – but also get cracking with a little DIY around the house!

Artificial Grass

Re-vamp your Garden with Artificial Grass

Artificial Grass

Are you looking to re-vamp your garden?

Why not consider artificial grass – it’s low maintenance and easy to install.

BHC Merchants stock a 30mm artificial grass that has a fantastic resemblance to the real deal, but without the upkeep.

Artificial grass is an excellent alternative for the low maintenance gardener. It’s ideal for installation within gardens, terraces, patios and play areas.

Take a look at our top 6 reasons to install artificial grass in your garden:

6 Reasons to Install Artificial Grass

Enquire at BHC Merchants today:

Telephone: 01555 840026

E-Mail: merchants@bhc.ltd.uk

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Saturday: 8am – 12pm

 

 

A guide to laying artificial grass.

A Guide to Artificial Grass

Artificial Grass

It’s now almost impossible to spot the difference between a natural lawn and an artificial lawn.

Artificial grass is now available in a variety of pile lengths, colours and styles to suit the needs and budgets of everyone.

Preparing a Garden for Artificial Grass.

1. Remove the existing turf.

Begin by removing any existing turf from the area where you intend to install artificial grass. A spade can be used for smaller areas however, if the area is large we would recommend hiring a turf cutter as this will simplify the job and speed up the preparation process. Ideally, you will remove a depth of 40mm.

      2. Adding a base layer of sand.

The depth of the base layer of sand will depend on the existing ground conditions however, 50mm is generally recommended. Level and compact the sand using a builder’s plank and hammer. Approximately one tonne of sand will cover 20sqm.

     3. Add a membrane layer.

Place a heavy-duty membrane fabric on top of the layer of builder’s sand to prevent weeds growing. Ensure that any joints in the fabric are overlapped by 300mm and if required secure with galvanised nails.

    4. Rolling out the artificial lawn.

Artificial grass should always be rolled out with the pile leaning towards the property – this will enhance the look of the lawn when viewed from the property. When rolling our the artificial grass, ensure the ends of the grass rolls are staggered to ensure they do not end in a line. Trim the edges using a craft knife.

    5. Joining the artificial lawn.

If the area you are laying artificial grass on is larger than 4m, it is advised that joining tape is used to provide a strong link between each section of lawn. To join the lawn, butt the edges together and when happy with the placement spread the joining tape along where the rolls would join, add adhesive tape and place the edges onto the tape whilst ensuring no blades of grass touch the glue.

   6. Create a seamless look.

Once the rolls are joined, ruffle up the grass fibres in order to disguise the joint. Secure the edges of the lawn by using ground pins every 20cm and once again ruffle the grass to ensure the ground pins are hidden.

   7. Finishing touches.

Using a stiff brush spread a layer of sand on top of the artificial grass. This step is vital as it will ensure the most natural looking finish. Approximately 6-8kg of sand per square metre will be enough.

Artificial Grass

Maintaining Artificial Grass

An artificial grass requires a little bit of maintenance every now and again however, it’s still nowhere near the amount of maintenance required for a natural lawn.

Keeping it Clean

Artificial grass is stain resistant meaning, any accidental spillages should be straightforward to clean. Most spills can be removed using water, but tougher stains will require hot soapy water. Tougher oil-based stains will require removal using a cloth and mineral spirits.

Giving it a Good Brush Up

Every once in a while it’s a good idea to give your grass a brush using a brush that doesn’t have metal bristles or a plastic rake. This will perk up the pile and keep it looking neat and tidy.

De-debris the Lawn

As with a real lawn, debris such as soil, leaves and general garden waste can find it’s way onto the artificial grass. The odd bit of debris on an artificial lawn is not a major issue, however, if left for a long time you might find that a few weeds will begin to sprout.

Additional Advice

Avoid using sharp objects on your grass.

Avoid using adhesives and other sticky substances like chewing gum near your lawn.

Do not use motor vehicles on an artificial lawn. Wheelbarrows, bicycles and wheelchairs can be used as these will not cause damage.

Do not keep or use sources of heat on the lawn. This includes smoking, BBQs, bonfires and fireworks.

Keep an eye on any damage that may be caused by pets or children.

Artificial Grass

Recommended Products

Digging tool – A spade is recommended for removing old turf.

Builder’s Sand – Washed building sand is available for purchase in bulk loose form and 25kg bags.

Membrane Fabric – To be used on top of the base layer of sand to prevent weeds.

Craft Knife – Used to cut the artificial lawn once in place.

Joining Tape – Adhesive joining tape to join separate sections of lawn together.

Brush – Used for brushing the Builder’s Sand into place and for maintaining the pile.

All recommended products are available to purchase from BHC Merchants. Enquire now:

Telephone – 01555 840026 or E:Mail – merchants@bhc.ltd.uk

 

A guide to laying artificial grass.