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  • 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 

  • Planning your 2020 garden

    We asked expert gardener, gardening writer and multiple WoodBlocX raised bed owner Rob Smith from Rob’s Allotment to share his top tips for planning your 2020 garden and he has not disappointed. If you want to get ahead for the coming year read on…

    It may sound crazy, but winter is the best time to start planning your garden.  Not only do you not have the distraction of tending to your plants, but you can see the bones of the garden including all the shapes, divots, jumps and bumps. This makes it easier to decide what you want where, especially if you are going to build any structures or raised beds.  By preparing beds, paths and fences in winter you will benefit 10 fold in the spring as you’ll be ready to concentrate on sowing and growing, rather than a mad rush to prepare before you can even get a seed in the ground.

    Quick tips for planning ahead

    • write a list of everything you want to grow
    • either label on paper or actually label each bed so you know what’s going to go where
    • add manure or organic matter to all your beds, this will allow it to break down and be ready for your plants to feed from next year (just remember not to do this for carrots and parsnips as they will warp and fork, that’s why you plan for each bed is handy)
    • start ordering seeds now as it’s the perfect time to sit with your favourite tipple, warm in the house while flicking through seed catalogues
    • try and fill new raised beds with organic matter now, as the soil level will sink as the soil settles. By filling them now you will be able to top them up in the spring before you sow your first seed, meaning the bed will be nice and full rather than only half full after it’s sunk!
    • there’s still time to plan and plant your fruit garden with bare root trees/bushes. These can be planted until they begin to show signs of life in spring, so why not add a blueberry to a raised bed, after all you can make sure it’s growing in the ericaceous soil it lives in a raised bed, while in the open ground they don’t always grow as well.
    • it’s also a good idea to buy strawberry runners now, planting them straight away in preparation for picking in June.
    • maintain fences, paths and sheds, painting and repairing where needed

    Plan ahead with our free design service

    Our free design service makes planning your garden even easier, simply send our team your measurements and ideas and we will create a design that fits your space perfectly, whether you have a sloped garden, an unused corner or you want to integrate seating, walls, steps and ponds.

    Each WoodBlocX kit is self-assembly and includes wooden blocks of varying sizes, pre-drilled with holes, to add a series of strong dowels. Simply build the structure up layer-by-layer by referring to the step-by-step instructions for where the dowels need to be placed.

  • Installing a raised bed in autumn and winter

    We’re not suggesting you go out into the garden on a freezing cold day and build a WoodBlocX raised bed...however, if you are planning on getting one in place ahead of the growing season then now is a good time to start planning in order to plant out seedlings or sow directly into the soil.

    WoodBlocX timber raised beds are ideal for growing your own fruit and vegetables, they can be built to a height to suit you perfectly making tending, planting, weeding, watering, pest control and fertilising much more accessible, not only are they all of those things, but they also warm up quicker when the temperature changes compared to open ground, and they are a fantastic pest or dog deterrent!

    Raised beds aren’t just the staple of veg growers, they are also brilliant for growing shrubs and ornamentals too, either to create a stand out section in the garden or, if you fancy yourself as the next gold award winning Chelsea garden designer, you could try your hand a little bit of experimental planting.

    Plan ahead

    Check the weather, if you can see there’s going to be a good run of weather plan your build around this. WoodBlocX timber raised beds can be built on any surface including directly on top of soil or grass but if the weather has been particularly wet just standing and moving around on the ground can start to make it uneven and boggy so wait for a few days after a wet spell.

    Keep an eye on how much light the area where you plan to install your wooden raised bed gets as this could make a big difference to your growing success if you plan to grow edibles the area doesn’t get a great deal of sunshine you may want to consider moving its position.

    Order your soil, if you don’t already have some soil to fill your raised bed, work out how much you need using this simple sum:  length(m) x width(m) x height(cm), but if you are adding a drainage layer to the bottom subtract the height of the layer from the equation so you don’t over order. and contact your local suppliers and compare quotes.

    Building your structure

    When you receive your WoodBlocX raised bed kit you will also receive a set of instructions that are bespoke to the design that you choose, simply follow the steps and you will have built your raised bed in no time at all.

    If you need any extra help we have read a series of short how-to videos that are designed to answer all possible questions with a visual answer, and as always, if you need to speak to a human being, give us call on 0800 389 1420.

    What can I sow in my WoodBlocX raised bed now?

    February is the month to get started and there is plenty of veg that you can sow directly into the soil including garlic, shallots, board beans, carrot, parsnips, peas, spinach - loose soil is ideal for these crops so fresh bought-in soil used to fill the bed will work perfectly.

    To get an instant price for a raised bed for your garden click here or if you would like something a little bit different and need to discuss your ideas with one of our designers click here to use our free design service.

  • Midlands New Build WoodBlocX Garden Makeover

    When you get the keys to your new build home, the excitement factor is high, everything is fresh and pristine and then you peer out the window and the outdoor space is generally anything but inspiring.

    Simon and his partner got the keys to their new home in August 2018 and it is safe to say that their garden wasn’t much of a garden at all, here’s their story.

    Tell us briefly how the garden was before you began updating it?

    As with most new builds, the house builder provided us with topsoil and slabs, nothing more. Our garden also had a gradient, sloping away from the house, which made the space mostly unusable.

    What did you want to achieve from the garden?

    We wanted to create the ideal space for entertaining friends and family and give it a sense of purpose. We’re also keen gardeners, but sadly we don’t have much free time. With this in mind, we also wanted to create space for plants that would be easy to maintain.

    The garden before....

    How did you hear about WoodBlocX?

    When we decided that we needed to level off the garden we started searching online for retaining walls. A few clicks later and we arrived at the WoodBlocX website.

    Did you look into any alternative materials for the walls and seating?

    We considered using reclaimed railway/timber sleepers but quickly decided it wasn’t an option worth pursuing. Using sleepers would have not only cost more due to the waste, but the effort that comes with having to lift, cut and attach them together was also off putting.

    How did you find working with the team and using the free bespoke design service?

    Incredible. We worked with Lachlan who was extremely helpful (and patient!) as we refined our design multiple times to make it perfect. When you’re in our garden you can immediately feel that the design is unique and has been designed to fit and maximise the space.

    The garden after...

    Tell us about the different elements of your new garden

    Our garden is now split into two levels. The first level has a slate floor covering and is supported by two WoodBlocX retaining walls. We also worked an inset seating area into one of the walls maximise the space and provide a place to put the shopping down when you walk through the back gate.

    We then have a semi-circular set of WoodBlocX steps that take you down to the lower level of the garden. As our neighbour’s land is around 50cm higher than ours we have a retaining wall that supports their garden along the fence - this also provides us with a perfect raised bed for growing trailing plants along the fence (currently Sweet Peas). Moving further down the garden we needed to continue the retaining wall, but we wanted to ensure there was still space for seating. The space at the bottom of our garden appeared as an obvious place for a cosy seating area, but to do this while also needing a retaining wall was a challenge. During the design process we worked with Lachlan to create the perfect shaped benches that would also act as retaining walls. This has saved us space and money as we now have permanent seating that, unlike other garden furniture, doesn’t need to be stored away during water in a shed that takes up space!

    Our designer Lachlan says...

    “Simon’s garden was a great project to work on and a great customer to work with. We had to go through a few iterations of the design, but this is all part of the design process. We always ensure that our customers receive exactly what they need for their project regardless of what it is they want to achieve. For an intricate full garden redesign like this one, it was paramount that we focussed on the details to squeeze the most out of the space and budget, whilst fulfilling the original brief.”

    If you need help transforming your garden or to find out more about our free bespoke design service click here

  • Use WoodBlocX for edging, borders and bases

    Our modular system is ideal for building raised beds, planters, garden furniture, walls and steps and it can be used for a few other garden essentials including edging and kerbing and decking, shed and greenhouse bases too.

    The versatility of WoodBlocX means that all structures can be designed so that they are completely bespoke to your garden, whether it is completely flat or sloped, plus you can build them on soft surfaces including earth and grass or hard surfaces such as concrete, tarmac or paving.

    Edging, borders and kerbing

    Keep flower beds and borders from spilling onto pathways, protect vegetable patches and create beautiful pathways in front and rear gardens using our timber edging, kerbing and border options.

    There are lots of different edging options available on the market; plastic, metal, railway sleepers, wooden boards, brick and other manufactured stone, each has its benefits but WoodBlocX Garden Edging can really help your garden to take shape.

    Just like our other garden structures our edging, borders and kerbing is quick and easy to build, long lasting and requires no heavy lifting, its practical and attractive, the unique modular design means you can follow the contours of your garden, making it one of the best alternatives to railways sleepers available.

    Browse our timber edging, borders and kerbing options here or input your own measurements using the quick calculator tool.

    Decking, shed and greenhouse bases

    WoodBlocX can be used to create a firm and level base for garden structures such as sheds, greenhouses and decking to sit on. The strong pressure treated blocks are made using the strongest part of the tree and are design to stand up to excessive weight and strain, so much so that it can be used for retaining walls, making them an ideal base material for large garden structures.

    Decking, shed and greenhouse bases built in shady areas can be affected by damp and algae growth therefore it is best to select a position in the garden that is dry and gets a good amount of sunlight.

    Working out the size of the base can be tricky especially if the area is sloped or has uneven ground, if you’re unsure or just need some help working everything out get in touch and our team will work with you to create a design that fits your garden and decking, greenhouse or shed perfectly.

    To find out more about WoodBlocX kerbing, border and edging options click HERE or for bespoke bases for decking, greenhouses and sheds click HERE.

  • Bestselling raised bed kits 2019

    Our wooden raised bed kits are available in every size and shape from standard rectangles through to circles, our customers love using WoodBlocX because our modular system makes building them so simple, plus each structure is long-lasting and looks beautiful, here's is a look at our bestselling designs of 2019 so far...

    Octagonal raised beds

    Providing different levels and sections of planting this design is right at the top of our bestsellers list, placed against a wall or as a centre piece it provide a large and accessible growing space the interesting angular shape is completely different to standard raised beds and is ideal for anyone looking to make a statement in the garden.

    BestsellerOctagonal Dual Level Raised Bed / 2.548 x 1.524 x 0.55m

    Rectangular raised beds

    Rectangular wood raised beds are always a firm favourite, the simple shape is timeless and will work perfectly in all garden and property types from modern to traditional, place up against a wall or fence or in the open to make it accessible from all sides. WoodBlocX raised beds are a great alternative to railway sleepers, the unique design of WoodBlocX makes your structure extra-strong so it won't easily distort, unlike other wooden products, so you can be confident your raised bed will not give away.

    Bestsellers
    Raised Bed Best Seller / 2.25 x 1.125 x 0.45
    High Raised Bed / 1.875 x 1.125 x 0.65m
    Raised Bed / 1.5 x 0.75 x 0.45 m

    Low-level raised beds

    Not everyone has a raised bed for accessibility, many of our customers simply want to create a beautiful frame for their beds and borders for growing their own fruit and vegetables or for plants and shrubs. Low level planters are ideal growing tall edibles such as broadens and raspberries and for gardening with children as they keep everything contained.

    Bestsellers
    Low Level Raised Bed / 1.875 x 1.125 x 0.25m
    Herb Garden / 1,5 x 0,75 x 0.35m

    Short and slim raised beds

    UK gardens are getting smaller, but having a small garden doesn’t mean it can’t look stylish, by utilising the space correctly you can create something unique and beautiful, whether its a multifunctional kitchen garden our an outdoor space to relax. Our slim raised beds and planters can be used as window boxes, or use an L-shaped design to make a feature of a tired corner.

    Bestsellers
    Slim Raised Bed / 1.875 x 0.75 x 0.45m
    Short Rectangular Raised Bed / 1.5m x 1.125m x 0.35m

    Our website features hundreds of kits or all shapes and sizes for building raised beds, planters, ponds, garden furniture, walls and steps. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for get in touch with our design team who can create a something bespoke for your garden free of charge.

  • Gardening for health and wellbeing

    We have been sharing lots of tips for detoxing your garden in 2019 and creating a healthy space to relax and grow because the garden is much more than an extension of your living space.

    Being outside in the fresh air with the sounds of insects humming and birds singing is one of the best kinds of escapism, whilst tending to the garden can help to take your mind off the stresses of everyday life.

    We have provided our timber raised beds for a number of public gardens designed by RHS ambassador and gold medal winner, Jekka McVicar , that place health and wellbeing at the centre of the design.

    St Mungos – The Quiet Garden, Notting Hill

    St Mungos is a homeless charity and one of the largest providers of outreach services to homeless people in the UK, as part of the charities.

    The Quiet Garden was created in partnership with the fragrance brand Jo Malone London as part of the Putting Down Roots project which aims to offer people a place to learn new skills and gain experience tending to the garden.

    Filled with fragrant flowers and herbs to stimulate the senses. The garden is a circular design centred around a tree that was already in place, with an archway for climbers to grow up and steps leading into it. It really is a beautiful space and a great initiative for the charity’s clients to experiences the benefits that gardening can bring.

    Malvern Health and Wellbeing Garden

    Launched at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in 2017 Jekka McVicar unveiled the show’s first permanent garden which was designed in support of the Pathways charity, a work-focussed day service for adults with learning disabilities and difficulties.

    The design of the garden was inspired by the increasing need for reflection and escape from the stresses of modern life and seeks to preserve and share the vital knowledge of how horticulture and its associated therapies can help soothe the mind, body and soul.

    Featuring curves and a central seating area we were honoured to provide the materials to build the large wooden planters with seating built-in to our modular system.

    There is so much evidence to show that gardening really is beneficial to health and wellbeing and it doesn’t matter if you have a garden or not there are loads of opportunities to garden through community gardens and allotments.

    If you need some inspiration for your own garden head over to our inspiration section and see how our customers have used WoodBlocX raised beds, planters, seating, walls and ponds to create a garden they love.

  • Detox your garden in 2019

    January is the perfect time to make plans and simple changes that you will see the benefits of in the months to come, we’re not talking about the usual New Year fads of diets and exercise, not on this blog! We’re talking about detoxing your garden to create a healthier environment for relaxing and growing plants and veg.

    Swap petrol to electric

    Whilst petrol products including lawnmowers, strimmers and hedge trimmers are known to get the job done quicker and provide extra power, they’re heavy, smelly, noisy and need a lot of maintenance. There are some great battery and electric options available some that even offer the same power as petrol and are well worth researching next time you need to buy one.

    Switch plastic for terracotta and wood

    If you’ve got a lot of plastic plant pots in your garden slowly start swapping them for alternative options such as terracotta or wooden planters, pots and containers made from these materials are more expensive than the plastic versions so keep your eyes peeled for garden centre sales, where you could snap up some bargains...make sure you recycle the plastic pots where possible.

    Use fewer chemicals

    There will always be pests in the garden, so to reduce the use of your bug killer spray or treatment create little habitats for beneficial wildlife such as bug houses, they’re fun to make yourself or you can buy them. The more beneficial creatures that you can encourage to your garden the more aphids, white fly and black fly will get eaten! If you need to use a bug killer choose one that is neonicotinoid free which is better for bees.

    Beds and borders

    Using railway sleepers for raised beds can be detrimental to the health of your garden, they tend to be treated with chemicals that can leach into the soil, which isn't ideal if you're growing fruit and vegetables. Flimsy wooden boards will rot quickly and need to be replaced regularly. WoodBlocX raised beds are not treated with any nasty chemicals nor will they need any treatments or maintenance to keep them looking good, they offer a longlasting planting solution made from sustainable materials.

    Compost

    Save money on bags of compost and start making your own, this isn’t a quick fix though, if you start recycling your vegetable peelings, tea bags, egg boxes, newspapers and garden waste now into a small compost heap you may be able to start using it within six months to a year. However, you will reduce the amount of waste you throw away and by putting it back into the garden you will provide some great nutrients for the soil.

    For more helpful garden tips and inspiration check out our blog page and to find out more about our timber raised beds, planters, walls, garden furniture, ponds and more made in Great Britain head to our home page

  • Garden detox competition

    Our raised beds, planters, walls, seating and other garden landscaping solutions are made from renewable and sustainably sourced wood and are ideal for organic and natural gardening because we don’t use any chemical treatments that will leach into the soil.

    We want to help you to retune your garden mind-set with ideas for creating a space that is more in tune with nature by making some simple changes. Our Garden Detox competition aims to do just that!

    We’ve got some fantastic prizes up for grabs that offer some great alternatives in the garden from battery power to alternatives to harsh chemicals.

    The prizes...

    One Ego Power+ Cordless Multi Tool Set

    Prune and trim your way around the garden with the power and freedom of petrol without the petrol! This lightweight battery powered 56V multi tool from EGO includes two attachments for hedge maintenance and tree pruning. The power head has a brushless motor and is lightweight and perfectly balanced.

    The prize includes a power head, battery, charger and long reach hedge trimmer and pole pruner attachments. For more information about this prize click here

    Five Neudorff garden product bundles

    If you’re keen to make conscious changes to the products that you use in the garden, especially weedkillers and slug killers following the recent news reports, this prize is ideal. Neudorff is the original alternative company and experts in natural gardening, offering a range of weed, feed and control products that use active ingredients from plants and other natural resources where possible.

    We have five sets of product bundles worth over £60 each up for grabs which include: Sluggo Ultra Slug & Snail Killer (800g), BugFree Bug & Larvae Killer (750ml), WeedFree Weedkiller (750ml), Super Strength Seaweed Extract (1L), Organic Multipurpose Plant Feed (1L), Organic Tomato & Vegetable Food (1.25kg) and CleanLawn (8kg).

    To find out more about our timber raised beds, planters, ponds, garden furniture, walls and the endless design possibilities using our unique modular system click the button below,

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