Bring Wildlife Into Your Garden

These days, we’re more conscious than ever about the planet and the health of the natural environment around us. Here at Village Products, we’ve seen that more and more people are taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint and embrace sustainable living. With climate change and habitat erosion, a lot of natural wildlife is under pressure. However, you can take a few small steps and create a garden ecosystem that encourages birds, bugs, and bees to visit and live in your back garden! 

Boxes For The Birds

Bird boxes are fantastic for attracting a wide range of birds into your garden. Put up a nesting box or a feeding box and before long you’ll begin to see birds you’ve never seen in your garden before. Garden birds are a wonderful addition to your garden thanks to the beautiful relaxing birdsong and gorgeous colours they bring with them. 

Make sure that any nesting boxes you put up are in a sheltered spot and away from any potential predators – especially out of reach of domestic cats! Try to offer a mix of different foods such as seeds and nuts, and scatter wildflower seeds across your lawn to attract birds very quickly. 

Creating ideal nesting habitats for local wildlife is a fantastic way of encouraging garden bird populations to soar! 

Start A Compost Heap

Compost is excellent for your garden, that’s true. What it’s also great for is attracting plenty of worms and insects which, in turn, attract birds, hedgehogs, and other local wildlife into your garden. Compost makes your soil healthy, which is good for absolutely everything living in your garden. Not only is it an excellent mulch, but it’s completely free and easy to make. 

You can compost your garden waste to help the plants and wildlife, providing an extension of their natural habitats. Also, unlike other organic matter you might purchase or import, homemade compost is completely green, coming without any packaging or fuel miles to provide shelter for small garden plants and animals year-round. 

Grow Some Wildflowers

Want to make your garden even more beautiful and colourful, all while encouraging more local wildlife into your garden ecosystem? Consider growing and cultivating colourful wildflowers to make your garden even more appealing for bees and butterflies. Some of the best wildlife-attracting plants include buddleias (a particular favourite of butterflies), rosemary, lavender, lamiums, honeysuckles, geraniums, foxgloves, and many more. 

Wildflowers are beautiful and natural way of encouraging pollination and inviting more bees and butterflies into your garden. Native species with open structured flowers are great for bees – not only do the colours look fantastic, but the insects and wildlife love them too. 

Make A Water Feature Or Pond

If you want to bring in some entirely new and unique garden plants and garden animals into your life, then adding water might be the perfect solution! Ideally, digging a pond is the best way to introduce a vast range of new wildlife to your garden, but the truth is that even an upturned container of water will do the trick. You may attract frogs as well as insects such as dragonflies. Birds and other mammals will use the water to drink from, and you can allow water lilies, pondweed and broadleaf to further develop your unique underwater environment. 

Allow your plant life to grow and colonise naturally for the best results, and consider adding fish but remember that they will feed on the plants and insects around the water in your garden. 

Get In Touch

Interested in making the most of your outside space by engaging in wildlife gardening? We can help make the exterior of your home beautiful and stylish with our bespoke, made to measure, and natural timber wooden gates. Please get in touch with us today to discover our fantastic range and to explore how we can help you make the most out of your garden! 

How To Protect Your Wooden Gates From The Winter Weather

The harsh weather of winter is known to cause all kinds of damage to external surfaces and materials here in the UK. One of the most serious impacts it can have is on your wooden gates. If you’re here, then that means that you know that the integrity and appearance of your gate are at risk with winter approaching – with a combination of cold, rain, snow and hail, your wooden gate can easily become damaged, stained or marked.

Your wooden gate is an entryway into your home – whether installed as a driveway gate, side gate or garden gate. It invites guests into your home and is a point of pride for homeowners. If you’ve invested in a beautifully made, completely bespoke new wooden gate from Village Products, then the last thing you want is to worry about the winter weather causing expensive damage. With that in mind, here’s our guide to protecting your wooden gates from the winter weather.

Wooden gate covered in snow in the winter

What Kind Of Damage Does Winter Weather Cause To Your Wooden Gates?

First of all, it’s important to understand the kind of damage that can be caused during winter. It’s important to be prepared and understand exactly what it is that you’re protecting your gates from. Sometimes, the damage is just cosmetic. However, the weather can sometimes damage the structure of your wooden gate, affecting its longevity and therefore its lifetime value.

  • Discolouration – Because of the barrage of rain and other bad weather, it’s very easy for your wooden gates to become discoloured during the winter months.
  • Cracked wood – When wood becomes extremely damp and then dries, the surface often becomes cracked and worn, hurting your gate’s appearance.
  • Fungus – One of the biggest threats to a timber gate in winter is the risk of fungal growth. If your domestic wooden gates are left untreated, then you might experience fungal and other growths which can harm your wood’s integrity.
  • Spongy wood – Not only can your gate become cracked and discoloured under winter conditions, but it can also become soft or spongy. This makes it much easier for the gate to become damaged and suffer from the wear and tear of general use.

Winter weather can have a big impact on your wooden gates. It can damage both the appearance and strength of the timber, which is why it’s important to protect against this. But how do you do that?

How Can I Protect My Wooden Gate From Winter Weather?

Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to help protect your timber gate during the winter season, including:

  • Check your gate’s condition and fix any existing damage – Make sure that you thoroughly check the state of your gate before the winter weather hits. Make sure that your gate posts are fully secured, replacing them if need be. Check for softwood, rot and insect damage to make sure that your gate’s integrity hasn’t already been damaged – these kinds of issues can only magnify the damage that winter conditions may cause.
  • Keep your gate clean of ice and snow buildup – If ice or snow are allowed to rest on the surface of your gate, you can easily find yourself ending up with spongy, discoloured and cracked timber gates. During winter, it’s a great idea to maintain your gate by clearing off any ice or snow and repeating this exercise – in particular after a storm or snowfall.
  • Protect the wood – The best way to give your gate an extra layer of protection is exactly that – to give it an extra layer of protection. Using a decent preservative will help defend your wooden gate from decay, mould and fungi during winter. Knowing which treatment is right is entirely dependent on what kind of gate you have and what timber is used. Here at Village Products, we love the Teknos range of wood treatments for different kinds of gates.

Get In Touch

Worried about your wooden gates becoming damaged in the winter months? Get in touch with us today for more information about how to protect your timber from rain, snow, ice and hail. Our friendly and expert team has been designing and manufacturing wooden gates for over 25 years – so we know a thing or two about getting through the harsher conditions of winter!

4 Reasons Why You Should By A Brilliant New Wooden Gate From Village Products

Is your garden gate looking a bit rundown? Has your driveway gate seen better days? If you’re here then that means that you’re thinking of reinvesting in a new wooden gate for your home. Here at Village Products, we manufacture and supply all of our own bespoke gate designs, giving your home a touch of elegance and natural beauty while improving your security and privacy.

Based in Warrington, Cheshire we’ve got a great selection of quality hardwoods and softwoods and we even install gates bought within 30 miles of our workshop. You might think that your old gate still does its job just fine, even if it looks a little worse for wear. Well, here are some reasons that we think you should invest in a brand new and brilliant wooden gate from Village Products:

Gorgeous Appearance

There’s nothing quite like a brand new, high quality wooden gate to give the exterior of your home a lift and a bit of a spruce up. Real wood helps give your home a touch of natural beauty and blend in with the natural space around you. Not to mention the fact that the knotting and colouration of wooden gates are all different, so you know that you’re getting a gate unique to you!

All our gates are made to measure, so your new wooden gates from Village Products will fit seamlessly into your home’s design and blend in with the style. If you’re expecting to sell your home in the coming years, a new, eye catching and attractive wooden gate can help your property make an immediate impact on potential buyers.

Bespoke Service And Design

Do you have an awkward space in which to fit your new wooden gate? We know that sometimes garden paths and driveways can be somewhat frustratingly unsymmetrical or angled to make it difficult to accurately and tightly fit a gate in. Fortunately, all the gates here at Village Products are made bespoke to your needs.

Not only do we have a wide range of timbers and designs for you to choose from, but we are also able to craft your wooden gate to be unique and fit the exterior of your home perfectly. All of the new wooden gates we produce here are bespoke and made to measure.

Durable In All Weathers With Treatment

When looking at buying a new wooden gate for your home, you want to know that your investment is going to last and be worth the money. Our timber gates are made and chosen to be durable and resistant to the wear and tear of time and the changing seasons.

With a little maintenance, your new Village Products wooden gate can look new and fresh for years to come. We recommend Teknos as a fantastic wood preservative and treatment, allowing you to easily keep your gate looking fantastic for every season.

Security For Your Home

You certainly want your new gate to look fantastic and to suit the style of your home, but it’s worth remembering that your wooden gate’s function is important. You want to make sure that your home, family and belongings are all safe, and a sturdy and resistant new wooden gate from Village Products can help provide this.

Whether you want a new garden gate, driveway gate or side gate, you want to be able to rest easy knowing that your gate is preventing intruders and potential burglars from easily entering your property. Our gates are sturdy and not easily broken – when fitted with a good lock, you can make sure that you’re better aware of everyone who is entering your home.

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Interested in securing a brand new wooden gate for your home? Get in touch with us here at Village Products to discover how our amazing range of wooden gates can help protect your home while giving it a great new look and style!

How To Look After Your Wood

When you choose to have a quality wooden gate installed on your property, you’re making an investment that you hope will last for years to come. Here at Village Products, our wooden gates serve a number of benefits, including looking great, protecting your home and increasing your privacy. When it comes to garden gates, driveway gates and side gates, the chances are that they are publicly visible, and you’re going to want to keep them looking great for as long as possible.

Fortunately, with a bit of love, care and maintenance, our gates will look fantastic for years. It doesn’t take a lot of treatment, but it’s worth keeping on top of things to ensure that your gates stay in top condition. With a bit of treatment, you’ll help your gates to survive the change in seasons and prevent deterioration. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to look after your wood:

 

SoftwoodSoftwood side gate back

It’s very important to treat your softwood gates with water repellent and breathable wood preservatives. Then, hang them for a while to prevent moisture ingress. This helps to avoid any swelling or warping. We always recommend customers to use a spirit based oil or stain on their softwood gates – this is because this is more easily absorbed into the wood, helping to repel water and prevent rot.

Different treatments will come with different guidelines as to how often you should re-treat your wood. Generally speaking, we suggest giving your softwood gate a fresh coat of treatment every six months. Preferably, treat your wood during the changing seasons – before summer and winter. This allows you to benefit from fresh protection during the extreme temperature differences.

 

 

Hardwood Gates

Iroko Hardwood Side GateOne of the benefits of having your own hardwood gate designed, supplied and installed here at Village Products, is that our hardwood timbers are particularly durable and resilient. This means that there’s not as much work involved in preserving your hardwood timber. Hardwoods are much better at looking after themselves.

It’s worth bearing in mind, however, that hardwoods do lose their colour over time. This means that they benefit from a different kind of treatment. Hardwoods will often turn silver grey over time, so to prevent this and keep their warmer and more natural wooden colour, you should stain and oil the gate relatively often.

 

 

 

Teknos

Here at Village Products, we stock Teknos – a wood treatment option that use and love ourselves. Teknos is a trusted partner of ours, and its available in both top and base coats. It also comes in a wide range of different wood colours and shades, so you’re sure to find something suitable for your wooden gate.

Get In Touch

Interested in purchasing a bespoke, high-quality wooden gate for your garden, driveway or side of house? We design, produce, supply and install our very own gates at Village Products here in Cheshire. We specialise in both softwood and hardwood gates. Please get in touch with us today to discover our fantastic range of timbers and gate designs – there’s sure to be something perfect for your home!