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Wooden garden features are back for 2020 and no, it doesn’t have to break the bank! There is no need for a landscaper to give your garden the facelift it deserves, simply add features which will create interest or even become the focal point. You have the ability to transform your garden into a gorgeous haven and get your neighbours talking with these simple DIY projects using log rolls and pine slats, all of which are available at Poles Galore.

1. Seating and storage options

Let’s start with the quickest and easiest of the projects. More often than not we are always in need of extra seating when having guests over, so why not invest in some visually appealing, rustic furniture? Extra seating options can be made by simply purchasing log rolls and placing outdoor cushions onto it and voila, instant seating! This task doesn’t require any strenuous physical labour and your instant furniture can be easily stored away when not in use. The log roll base will add visual interest to your garden and can be paired with other wooden feature elements to create an outdoor getaway for your enjoyment.

2. Raised garden beds

If you’re feeling a little more confident to take on a more labour intensive task then trying your hand at a raised garden bed is the best way to start. These “beds” hold flowers, vegetables and herbs all whilst positioned above ground within a wooden frame. It may sound a tad bit unnecessary to some but for avid gardeners, these beds allow you to create the best growth conditions for your flora if the natural soil in your garden is nutrient poor doesn’t support good growth.
• To get started, purchase pine slats and cut to desired dimensions that you would prefer or suit the space in your garden.
• Mark out the area in your garden and place wooden stakes at the corners. Using a hammer, then drive stakes about 30 – 60cm into the ground and leave the rest exposed.
• Set your lowest pine slat a few centimetres into the ground and secure it to the grounded stakes with either nails or screws.
• Add additional slat boards and secure it to the stake until the desired depth is reached, however the frame should always have a depth of approximately 30cm to provide ample space for roots.
• Place the frame in the desired location and lay down damp newspaper or cardboard at the bottom of the frame before filling it with soil.
Now that your garden bed is ready, it’s time to get growing!

3. Vertical gardening

If you’re short on space or just want to add a cool aspect to your garden, then vertical gardening is something that should peak your interest. As the name suggests, by planting vertically instead of outwards, you would be able to brighten up the smallest of outdoor spaces with your favourite plants and herbs. Depending on your preference, these vertical gardens can be made into various shapes and sizes and can even be used indoors as living wall art.
• Pine slate is the perfect option to build your garden frame and will require 3 to 4 slats depending on the desired length and width.
• Cut a single slat into 4 or more pieces of approximately 50cm in length. These pieces will serve as shelving.
• Place the shelves equal distance apart and secure the uncut slate on either side with screws. It should look a lot like a ladder.
• Once done, you can mount the frame against a wall or secure it into the ground.
• You can now place your flower pots on the shelves and let the growing begin.
• For those who are looking for more visual appeal, you can substitute the shelves for woven baskets however still securing it in between the slats.
• Be sure to line the baskets with plastic to prevent the soil from falling out.
Let your creativity lead the way when creating these gardens as there are plenty of visual and configuration options which can be explored to create the best suited vertical garden for your home.

4. Feature wall

If your garden is looking a bit boring and tired then maybe it’s time to invest in a feature wall. A wood feature is the perfect material to complement your garden and requires minimal effort to install.
Pine will create a warm rustic feel for your outdoor entertainment area, therefore purchasing pine slats will be the best option.
• Select the wall you would like to feature and cut the slats to size. If you choose to paint the slats or stain it, it will be best to do so before mounting.
• Figure out if you would like spacing between the slats or not and then secure the slats to the wall using no more nail adhesive which can be purchased from hardware stores.
If your feature wall is under a sheltered area then go the extra mile and set up a cosy recreational area in front of it which can be accompanied by bright vibrant colours or warm tones for decorative elements.

For the above mentioned DIY projects, treated pine slats is recommended as it will increase the durability of the structures and allow it to withstand adverse weather conditions. Poles Galore provide high quality, sanded and treated pine slats which are well suited for your outdoor needs, so give them a call and get started with creating a beautiful outdoor space for you and your family to enjoy.

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