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


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 –


A guide to laying artificial grass.



Landscaping Display

Landscaping display now open!

Landscaping Display Now Open

Are you looking for some inspiration for your garden? Visit our new landscaping display for a wide variety of Artificial Grass, Block Paving,  Decking, Decorative Paving, Fencing and Walling options.

Decorative Stones

Decorative Stones

Decorative Stones and Aggregates can be a versatile addition to any garden. They can be used to cover large areas of garden quickly and are well suited to creating driveways, paths and borders.

BHC Merchants stock a variety of types and shades of stones so you’re bound to find something to suit your style and budget.

Composite Decking

Composite Decking

New to BHC Merchants – NewTechWood Composite Decking, available in a range of natural colours and two grain textures.

Transform your outdoor space with composite decking. It’s almost identical to real wood decking but with many more benefits including; less maintenance, resistant to rotting and the decking colour lasts much longer than conventional decking – you’ll never need to oil, sand or paint your deck again.


Block Paving V3

We stock a selection of paving solutions from the classic and original rectangular Monoblock paver to the charming Cobble Stone which compliments both modern and traditional homes.



Fence panels are a great way to secure and protect your garden. BHC Merchants offers an exciting range of high quality, treated fence panels in a variety of styles to suit your needs.

Artificial Grass

Artificial Grass

A high quality artificial grass with the visual appearance of a real lawn. Best suited for landscaping, gardens, terraces, patios and play areas. Easy to install and provides the appearance of a real lawn without the upkeep and hassle.

Start your next landscaping project today by visiting BHC Merchants’ landscaping display.

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Saturday: 8am – 12pm

Contact us:

Telephone: 01555 840026




Bumper Bargains for Spring

Bargains at BHC

Springtime is officially here!

To help you get your garden in tip top condition for the warmer weather, BHC Merchants have great deals on Bark Chips, Compost and Top Soil.

Compost, Soil, Bark

Erin Decorative Bark is carefully selected, graded and composted. Best suited to decoration, mulching, weed suppression and moisture retention on flower beds and pathways.

Erin Traditional Multi-Purpose Compost is made from 100% Irish Sphagnum Moss Peat, ensuring the best results every time. Suitable for sowing seeds, bedding, hanging baskets, tubs and containers.

Erin Top Soil is top quality, screened and graded loam with added organic matter. Best suited for lawn preparation, borders and general soil improvements.


Call – 01555 840026, E-Mail – or pop in store today.

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Saturday: 8am – 12pm



Job Opportunity – Yard Assistant

Yard Assistant

We currently have a full-time vacancy for a Yard Assistant at BHC Builders Merchants, based in Carnwath.

Duties will include:

  • Loading and unloading delivery vehicles by hand or with a forklift truck
  • Organising stock into correct storage areas
  • Accurately picking and checking orders
  • Maintaining neat and organised storage/ yard areas
  • Assisting customers as required
  • Providing excellent customer service at all times
  • Maintaining a tidy and safe working environment

The successful candidates will have:

  • Experience within a builder’s merchant in a similar role
  • A Counterbalance Forklift license is essential
  • A confident approach with excellent communication skills
  • Excellent customer service skills with a friendly and polite manner
  • Product knowledge of all materials within a builder’s merchant

Excellent customer service skills alongside a good knowledge of building materials is required for this role.

Job Location – Carnwath



Job Opportunity – Trade Counter Assistant

Trade Counter Assistant

We currently have a vacancy for a Trade Counter Sales Person at our Builders Merchants based in Carnwath.

Duties will include:

  • Serving customers and building strong relationships
  • Inbound and outbound calls to clients to generate business
  • Providing customers with quotations and advice
  • Using your initiative to generate sales through customer contacts
  • Effectively working in a team and solely when the need arises
  • Stock control / Merchandising in showroom

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience in a Trade Counter role within a builder merchant or similar role.
  • Excellent Customer Service, be polite and have a friendly manner
  • Sales and customer service experience
  • Product knowledge within the building industry
  • Excellent customer service skills with a friendly and polite manner
  • Computer Literate

Job location – Carnwath

Applications can be made via the Recruitment section of our website 

Laird Paving Stones

Laird Paving Header ImageGet your garden ready for Spring time with our range of Laird Paving stones. 

Laird products are produced to the highest standards with their manufacturing processes adopting the latest and best technologies to produce a quality product. From the moment of purchase, Lairds guarantee the structural integrity of the paving blocks for 20 years.

BHC stock a selection of Laird products including Valhalla slabs, Cobble Block Paving, Strathmore Block Paving and Rectangular Block Paving.

Laird Paving

Enquire with BHC Merchants today! 

Telephone:  01555 840026



Timber Purlins

Timber Purlins

BHC Merchants can offer Timber Purlins to class C16 in accordance with BS EN 14081-1:2005.

Timber Purlins are commonly used in stead of closely spaced rafters within pre-engineered metal building systems, timber frame construction and within agricultural buildings.

Our timber purlins are available in a variety of sizes:

Contact our team at BHC Merchants for advice regarding your project. 

Telephone: 01555 840026


Bring your Garden to Life

Bring a little bit of life back to your garden this winter with our range of Decorative Stones and Aggregates.

Decorative Stones and Aggregates can be a versatile addition to any garden. With a variety of types and shades within our range, you’re bound to find something that suits.

Stone aggregates can be used to cover large areas of garden quickly and are well suited to creating driveways, paths and even border decoration.

We recommend using a Weed Control Fabric Membrane to help suppress weed growth prior to spreading the stones.

Decorative stones are a fantastic way to landscape in a cost effective and time efficient way.

Our range of Decorative Stones includes:

Decorative Stones

Contact a member of our team today to enquire about Decorative Stones and Aggregates.

Telephone: 01555 840026