Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Judging has begun...

Hi Everyone

I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who sent in designs for the Jacksons show gardens competition.

The deadline has gone by now and we are in the process of starting the very difficult task of sorting through everyone's work, and as in previous years the amount and quality of submissions is rather overwhelming.

As we have other parties involved this year, the process will take a little longer to come to the decision as to who has won, and as Easter is looming large on he horizon I think we will most probably not make an announcement until after the bank holiday, at least.

I wish you all a lovely Easter break and hope the weather improves for everyone - hard to believe last year we were in our gardens having barbies in a heatwave.


Monday, 11 March 2013

ref the Float garden

ref the Float garden...

I love the fence but If it is looking tired, can we give it a face lift by painting it? White would be what I have in mind.

The Venetian fencing in the garden is approximately 3-4 years old now and I really wouldn’t consider it to be looking tired, when you consider Jacksons fences last in excess of 25 years.  I would only consider staining, (not painting the fence, once you go down that route you are making a rod for your own back, and would have to consider repainting every couple of years!), and only really doing that in unusual circumstances.  I think you need to think about the company’s ethos, ref quality, guarantees and timber.  WE love our wood  ;-)  I’m not averse to cleaning with a pressure washer if it looks a bit dull.but even this I wouldn't really consider as necessary.

Having read the brief, I'm aware that you want to keep most of the structure. However, would it be possible to remove any of the decking to the left of the A 'Zone' on your computer plan? 

Yes anything is worth considering, it will be very interesting to see what you and the others come up with.

types of timber used by Jacksons...

and this...

Hi please can you clarify? Are there any particular wood products that you supply that are sourced in the UK? For example hazel or chestnut poles or hurdles etc?

WE only supply softwoods which are pressure treated and guaranteed for 25 years, some of which are native grown, but in the main they are from Europe.

 Definitely no hard woods, definitely not hurdles and a tiny exception is the chestnut site fencing that is cleft chestnut in a roll.

If anyone's interest Jacksons have just published the Definitive Guide to Timber Treatment.  This is in response to a lot of confusion surrounding the subject of timber treatment in some of the farming press.  We decided to set the record straight, so our customers can read in full the lengths we go to to ensure our timber is treated correctly and how this allows us to offer our unique 25 year guarantee.

click for a link to news story and a downloadable pdf.
Here is a query I have received recently, that may be helpful:

Just a quick question regarding the float garden plan - it would appear from the photos of the garden that there is a small area of planting (currently artificial grass) under the Sorbus in the corner at the back of the garden. However this is not apparent on the plans where it appears to be all decking? 

Sorry yes there is a small area that isn't deck, that is not mentioned as being another area of artificial grass on the plan.
Please see this pic, with my scribbles on it!  Just in case you can't read my scrawl, the dimensions are 178cm wide by 58cm deep.