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  • How to build a WoodBlocX raised bed

    Our raised beds are really easy to build because everything you need is included in your kit. All of the wooden components are cut to size so there’s no need to saw the wood and there’s no waste.

    All of our kits are built in the same way so if you’ve ordered a raised bed, seat, pond or retaining wall kit this method applies to all.

    Helpful tools for building
    - Sprit level for checking the surface you’re planning to build on
    - Lump hammer for knocking the BlocX in place
    - Small hand saw to trim the dowels to fit the capping

    Read our six steps to building your WoodBlocX structure below...

    Your delivery will look similar to this. Everything you need here, wooden blocks, capping, dowels and angle plates. All wooden parts are cut exactly to the sizes requested so there’s no waste at the end of the build.

    Once you have decided where your raised bed will sit in the garden carefully set out the bottom layer and make any adjustments to where you’re going to build it if needed. Refer to the instructions to check where the supportive buttresses and angle plates need to be positioned.

    Our clever dowel system holds the structure together, simply knock these into the recess holes, make sure you refer to your instructions to ensure you’re putting them in the correct places.

    When you’ve completed the first and second layers you will be on a roll. Work your way up the layers matching the first to the third, the second to the fourth and repeat.

    Angle plates need to be placed on the supportive buttressed for extra strength and on the corners of the final layer before you add the capping.

    Once you’ve reached the final layer before the capping is added, cut dowels down by three notches using a saw (or dowel cutters if you have ordered a Building Kit) and fit the capping using a protective piece of wood to ensure you don't damage your caps.

    Need a little more help? No problem

    Watch our quick instructional videos which talk you through the various stages of building. You can find them all HERE or click on the most popular videos below.

    Enjoy building your WoodBlocX!

  • Planning your 2020 garden - Our free design service

    Designing an entire garden or even just a certain area can be a daunting prospect which is why we have made our free design service as quick and simple as possible.

    Whether you’re a new homeowner, the owner of a new build home with a fresh plot to put your stamp on, or have an established garden that needs a new lease of life, our modular system can help you transform it into a beautiful and functional space.

    Our skilled designers have worked with customers to create full garden layouts and bespoke designs that fit their gardens perfectly using our modular system which can be used to build strong and long-lasting raised beds, planters, ponds, walls, steps, seating or a combination of all. Each structure can be built on any surface, even hills and slopes are no problem and the design potential is limitless.

    WoodBlocX garden designs

    Top considerations before making changes to the garden

    • Note down the areas that get sunlight at certain times of the day, this is important if you want to include a seating area of if you plan on growing certain types of sun nor shade loving plants or you plan to grow edibles
    • Are you overlooked by other properties and do you have any views you would like to maximise?
    • Think about what you would like to grow and how much you are able to realistically manage
    • What elements you would like to include; grass/lawns, seating, walls, beds and borders, water features, paths, patios, steps etc?
    • Do you want to encourage wildlife into the garden?
    • What style do you want to achieve? Modern, rustic etc

    Once you have an idea of what you want to include within the space head to our garden design service page and fill in our super quick feedback form, which has been designed to take minimal time to complete (five minutes maximum) and we will do the rest, all of the information provided will help us to build a bigger picture of your project and we can begin creating a design that is totally bespoke to your garden.

    Recent bespoke designs

    The benefits of using WoodBlocX timber structures to update your garden

    • Free design service
    • Easy build with lightweight pieces and step by step instructions
    • Strong and durable - the blocks are locked together using strong dowels
    • Build on any surface
    • Pressure treated wood that will not leach nasty chemicals into the soil
    • Long-lasting and durable - structures will not crack or warp
    • Unlimited design potential thanks to the modular blocks
    • Superior quality to railway sleepers and wooden boards

    If you have a project in mind or you’re just not sure of exactly what you need for your garden click her to start using our free design service 

  • Spring competition 2019

    Summer is nearly here which means garden updates are well under way ready for a summer full fun, relaxation and BBQs…if the weather is kind to us! We’re giving two lucky winners the opportunity to receive a £500 e-voucher to spend on our website. Choose from raised beds, planters, ponds, seating, walls or use our free design service and put it towards something totally bespoke to your garden.

    All of our products are made from natural wood, are easy to build and maintenance free.

    Enter below for your chance to win

    Inspiration for your garden

    Raised beds

    Planters

    Ponds

    Retaining walls

    Steps

    Seating

  • RHS Hampton Court Flower Show – The Therapeutic Garden

    Southend on Sea Borough Council have returned to the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show this year with a garden that is not only beautifully designed but has also serves an important purpose.

    The council’s early help family support & youth offending service - along with support from the Dementia community support team – have entered the prestigious flower show.

    The Therapeutic Garden aims to highlight the beneficial role that plants and gardening have in supporting people living with dementia, anxiety and other mental illnesses.

    The design depicts a ‘priory garden’ but instead of the usual box hedging it features four accessible WoodBlocX corner raised beds. With bright, colourful planting featuring eucalyptus, thyme and eryngium, plants specially selected for their health-enhancing properties, to lift the visitor’s mood and attract wildlife.

    The garden has been designed by Tony Wagstaff from the council’s early help, family support & youth offending service, he has worked on the garden with young people as part of their community reparation, this activity has enabled them to work towards a City and Guild Level 1 in Practical Horticulture Skills.

    This garden is a fantastic example of using gardening as a form of rehabilitation and we hope that Tony and his team receive excellent recognition for the garden at the show.

    Once the show has finished the garden will be relocated to Cluniac Gardens in Southend-on-Sea. In recognition of the Cluniac monks who founded Prittlewell Priory in the town in the 12th century.

    If Tony's use of WoodBlocX in his RHS Hampton Garden has inspired you, take a look at our different raised bed kits, we have everything from square and rectangular raised beds to circular and L-shaped raised beds and many more designs. If you can't find what you're looking for use our free bespoke design service.

  • Paving options to pair with WoodBlocX by Primethorpe Paving

    You’ve chosen to use Woodblocx for a retaining wall, a raised bed or any of the other options available to you, but how about the rest of your space? A popular option is to pair your WoodBlocX retaining wall or raised bed with a patio area. A well-suited patio can bring your whole project together and by making every attempt to match your choice of slab with your WoodBlocX feature, you can create a cohesive, seamless space that feels even more professional than it already is!

    Picking any old patio slab will do a job, but if you want to make sure the design is as good as it can be, take a bit of time to ensure you select the perfect slab and install it in a pre-planned design. Ensure you’ve considered the material your slab is made from, the colour of the slab and the pattern you have chosen to lay the slabs in. Each one of these options will alter the appearance and finish of your space, so it’s important you opt for something that’s going to tie in with the rest of the space.

    Matching the Material with your WoodBlocX

    There are now more material options than ever, so it can be difficult to know what to go with. WoodBlocX are a versatile product so can be used in a wide variety of design styles, but most of the time they are used when trying to create a natural/traditional space. Contemporary gardens often use open spaces which focus in singular features such as a sculpture, or a solo standing plant, which isn’t usually suited to a raised bed with lots of plants. Therefore, a project which uses WoodBlocX will often need to pay tribute to a traditional style.

    Patio slabs which best match a traditional space are going to a be naturally occurring stone rather than a cast concrete or porcelain slab. These natural options can include a sandstone, limestone or a slate paving slab. However, a natural sandstone such as these Fossil Mint paving slabs from Primethorpe Paving are an example of something that may work well. The natural colours, patterns and textures of a natural sandstone will complement a traditional style garden with ease. When designing an outdoor space, it’s important no individual elements distract the eye, so you need to ensure the choice of slab is in keeping with the everything else.

    Matching the Colour with your WoodBlocX

    The next design element to concentrate on with your paving slabs is the actual colour of the material. Here you can stamp your mark on the space and add as much or as little colour as you see fit. If you stick with natural stone, you have a huge variety of options and you can’t really go wrong. There are two avenues you can go down:

    Complimentary Colours – You can choose paving slabs that are going to match their surrounding colours as closely as possible. By choosing slabs which match the wooden colours of WoodBlocX, you can create a space that flows from area to area with absolutely no visual distractions. This is nice when you want the space to flow as one cohesive area with no areas that standout as a separate space. This is the most common option and likely the best choice to compliment your WoodBlocX feature. The aforementioned fossil mint sandstone is a great option if you are proceeding down this route.

    Contrasting Colours – An alternative option is to create a patio space with contrasting colours to its surroundings. The goal here is to isolate an area of your garden and highlight it as a separate entity. People use contrasting colours when they want to highlight the patio area as a separate space from the rest of the garden. This is often the case when designers are trying to create a special seating area, or perhaps a BBQ or entertaining space. However, while you may be using contrasting colours, it’s important not to stray too far from the natural and opt for something like a porcelain tile for the sake of contrast. You still need to choose slabs that complement the design style you are trying to create – so if you are trying to create a traditional space, whilst contrasting colours can work, the style still needs to feel natural. A great way to create a contrast to the Woodblocx colours is to opt for a natural grey slab such as these Kandla Grey sandstone paving slabs - the colours will highlight your patio area without detracting from your design goals by seeming unnatural.

    Matching the Pattern with your WoodBlocX

    The final decision is to choose what pattern you are going to lay your slabs in. There are 3 options, all of which are suitable, so this decision is purely down to personal preference:

    Random pattern – by using a mixture of sizes that fit together, you can create an effortless, natural effect with less planning than you may think. This pattern is a great option if you want to create a space that flows naturally with no distractions.

     

    ‘Stretcher course’ pattern – an alternative pattern is the lay this in straight lines running parallel to the WoodBlocX. When creating a natural look, it is more common to go with random, but because of the straight lines created with your WoodBlocX, this will also work well.

    Herringbone pattern – this is the least common option, but it creates a unique effect for a patio area. This will probably work best if you are attempting to create a contrasting area as it will really standout as a unique space. Thanks to the straight lines created by the WoodBlocX, patterns that are laid in straight lines work just fine.

    In conclusion

    There are so many options to consider when trying to compliment your choice to use Woodblocx. Overall, a natural finish is going to be the ideal partnership with your WoodBlocX raised beds or retaining walls. A long bed of plants is very rarely used in a modern space, so sticking with traditional, natural stones is going to give the best finish.

    However, the beauty of garden design is there are no right or wrong answers. We have given our opinions and recommendations, but you can absolutely ignore it all! IF you think something will work, or will look good, then we implore you to go for it. It’s your garden and your unique space – you should go with what you think will work best.

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