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Garden care for winter 

What To Do After Winter Storms 
 
Heres our guide to helping you prepare for Spring in your garden. 
 
While we are still in the winter season, it is fair to say that we’ve had a few named storms to deal with this Winter. 
 
High winds, excessive rainfall and colder temperatures all take a toll on your garden, fencing, sheds and more. 
 
Who can forget Storm Elin, Fergus, Gerrit and Henk? 
 
Living Near the Coast 
 
Living near the Yorkshire Coast has its advantages; however, it can mean the weather is changeable and causes issues for gardeners and householders. 
 
Check Your Sheds, Fences, Gates and Posts 
 
If your garden area has timber installations, then the first thing to do is to check for any damage caused by the bad weather. 
 
You might have already noticed some areas for repair and/or replacement. 
 
 
Manufacturing Garden Buildings 
 
Our team have been manufacturing high quality garden buildings for over 20 years. 
 
Using the finest slow-grown Swedish redwood, which is then specially treated, means it lasts longer and giving you better value for money in the long run. 
 
Garden sheds are perfect for gardens or allotments where the gardener can have a shelter and get ready for the growing season undercover. 
 
From bespoke to regular designs, in addition to garden sheds, there are summerhouses, hot tub shelters, log stores and more to choose from. 
 
A fence
DuraPost sign on a fence A shop's shelves with a stain protect and roof seal
Fencing Checks 
 
Fences also take a lot strain in the winter. 
 
As well as being boundary markers, they also offer protection and privacy for your garden or back yard. 
 
Fence panels, trellis and posts, including DuraPost products, are available from our forecourt. 
 
 
We also have a range of post and rail fencing available, particularly useful on agricultural land and larger enclosed spaces. 
 
Our pressure treated timber products can be collected from us or our associate partner, Palmer Timber Products, can install them for you. 
 
Remember once installed and as part of your ongoing timber care job list, you will need to treat your timber items regularly. 
 
Main brands such as Ronseal, Thompson’s, Protek, and Lignum are available from our shop. 
 
Our expert team can advise how often to treat your timber and when to do so. 
 
 
Other Garden Items 
 
As the daylight gets longer each day, it is worth checking your fence capping, feather edge boards or fencing boards. 
 
Do some items need replacing? 
 
Timber products often have many different components which are exposed to the elements, so they are always worth keeping an eye on. 
Looking at Your Decking 
 
Whether you have a small decked area, or a larger space, decking is always an advantage to your garden. 
 
Yet, like all timber products, it needs some TLC from time to time. 
 
Decking gets slippery during the winter and some boards will show signs of wear and tear after bad weather. 
 
The decking framework can also show signs that it needs attention. 
Cleaning your decking and/or patio is a must in winter. 
 
If you haven’t done also already, ensure the area is clear of leaves, dust and dirt. 
 
This can be done with soap and water but check your decking materials guidelines first. 
 
It could be a pressure washer with the correct cleaning head is safe to use but if you’re not sure, then our team are happy to advise. 
 
 
Or perhaps 2024 is the year you will install decking at your property? 
 
With decking boards and accessories readily available (120mm x 32mm) in premium Swedish redwood boards, why not take a look
A store's shelves with roof seal, cleaner and wood stain A wooden bench on a decking
A wooden bench and umbrella in a garden A wooden bench underneath a wooden cover
Sleepers 
 
If you are looking for a good supply of timber sleepers, look no further. 
Pressure treated soft sleepers and oak sleepers are available. 
 
Measurements include 2.4m 8” x 5”, 10” x 5”, and ungraded sleepers are available. 
 
Providing they are used correctly, sleepers can be used to create garden paths, steps, retaining walls, raised flower beds and more. 
 
Our team would also be happy to advise customers about sleepers. 
 
Garden Furniture 
 
Garden furniture can look a bit forlorn in the winter months. 
 
These items can include tables, benches, swing seats, picnic tables, arches, and more. 
 
Again, they need TLC from time to time. 
 
 
Garden furniture can transform any garden space or even a small yard, and come into their own during the Spring and Summer. 
 
Garden Hardware and Tools 
 
Winter is a good time to check your tools and garden hardware. 
Have certain items rusted? 
 
Are they no longer useful? 
 
 
Or perhaps someone has borrowed an item and then never returned it! 
 
From basics such as shovels and spanners to wheelbarrows, it is time to see if anything is missing. 
 
However, just as important, in fact essential to your winter checks is a good look at the garden hardware you have. 
 
This includes hinges, nails, bolts, screws, catches, locks and more. These important elements get lots of use even in winter. 
 
Strong winds can buffet timber installations putting strain on the metal hardware that keeps it in place. 
 
 
Stocked brands include Gatemate by Birkdale who manufacture excellent quality items. 
 
Other essential hardware items include a wide range of nails and screws. 
If you already had a garden shed, check all your tools are still usable. 
 
A store's shelves with gate furniture and accessories
Flowers in a garden
Other Winter Jobs in the Garden 
 
While there has been excessive rainfall this winter, during the dryer weather, it is time to spot clean your garden for debris! 
 
Collect up any dead leaves. 
 
Empty old containers. 
 
Sweep pathways and other spaces. 
 
Keep a check on your garden pond. 
 
Some plants will also need pruning and there could be a bit weeding to do. 
If you have some plastic garden furniture, it is time to grab a bucket of warm soapy water and clean it down. 
 
Keen gardeners will also know it is time to place orders or buy your bulbs and seeds. 
 
Check your lawn mower is ready for that first mow of the season. 
Firewood Requirements 
 
As well as stocking garden items, we are also one of the area’s best-known suppliers of firewood, smokeless fuels and kindling. 
 
 
 
Having onsite drying kilns allows us to source local timber which we prepare for log burner use. 
 
What About Deliveries? 
 
Deliveries can be arranged for many items, simply get in touch with our team. 
A bag of wood from Flixton Sawmill
A staff member at Flixton Sawmill walking
Family-Run Business 
 
Flixton Sawmill, based in the village of Flixton between Filey and Scarborough, is an independent, family-run business. 
 
The current site opened in 2000 and includes 6 acres of land, kilns, forecourt, car park and shop. 
 
 
 
Based just off the A1039 road, customers can call us on 01723 890666 or order via our website  
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