garden tips

  • Addressing compost concerns with Yorganics

    Using compost as part of your gardening or grounds keeping is a great and environmentally friendly solution, but not all composts are the same. Composts vary in terms of where they come from and how they are made. The history behind peat compost Yorganics is a great alternative to peat based compost Peat compost was championed by producers in the 1950s.  Peat is relatively light and therefore far cheaper to transport than heavy loam-based mediums.  With increasing environmental concerns over diminishing pristine peatlands — and compost being by far and away the principal use — peat-free compost is a top...
  • Is Ash a good firewood to burn on your woodburner?

    You might burn a fair few logs in your wood burner or stove, but how much do you know about the trees they come from? In this post (which will hopefully turn into a short series), we aim to get you better acquainted with the humble ash tree. The common ash (Fraxinus excelsior) is found across Europe, from Turkey to the Arctic Circle. The third most common tree in the British Isles, ash trees can live to 400 years old - even older if coppiced - and reach a height of 35m. How to identify an ash The Ash is...
  • How much coal should you buy for winter?

    We stand poised on the threshold between autumn and winter, which means now is the perfect time to stock up on coal. In many respects, home coal is the ultimate winter fuel: it burns hotter than other fuels and you need less of it to maintain your home’s temperature for long periods. The cost of coal is also lower than you might expect, meaning that it is a surprisingly cost-efficient fuel. But how much should you stock up on before winter begins? To answer this question, you need to take several factors into consideration. 1. How much fuel will you...
  • The difference between seasoned and kiln dried logs

    When buying firewood logs, it's always important to ensure that the wood you buy has been properly dried: a lower moisture content means that your firewood will burn consistently well with little smoke, and won't blacken the glass of your stove door. There are plenty of different options out there: two you will no doubt have come across are "kiln dried logs" and "seasoned logs". But what's the difference between the two? Both are means of drying out firewood, reducing its moisture content to make it suitable for all types of stove and fire. Generally, you'll find that the moisture...
  • Using wood chip and bark mulch for gardening and landscaping

    Sometimes known by its slightly less attractive name of “mulch”, it is exactly what its name says – chips of wood and/or bark. Bark, mulch or wood chip is a fantastic and natural addition to your garden beds. Scatter a layer of it over the top soil (top soil is also available from Logs Direct) and you will give the soil an added natural chemical-free layer of protection.   The mulch has many benefits.  It sits on the top of your soil like a warm duvet, protecting delicate plant roots from fluctuations in temperature and weather. It regulates your soil ecology, helping flowers and...
  • Why you should top up your top soil

    Top soil is a really under rated product; and not something you may know the benefits of until you give it a chance. It is exactly what it says – a top layer of garden soil. Normally, the top layer of soil would have received minerals from leaves and other natural materials which have decayed onto it, giving it plenty of nutrients to pass on to the plants you then choose to grow within it. Good quality topsoil is essential for your garden. Successful borders, lawn bases, raised beds and flower beds all depend on great soil. You can even...
  • Celebrate National Gardening Week

    Celebrate National Gardening Week 11-17 April 2016 It's still a long way from summer, when our gardens come alive with the smell of BBQs, but National Gardening Week - taking place from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th April - marks the start of the UK's gardening season. As spring begins to shine through, it's time to unlock the shed, dust down the mower, pull together all your tools and prepare to spruce up your garden ahead of the warmer months. If you are looking for inspiration, National Gardening Week offers a few places to start. On the Monday, there are...
  • How mushroom compost and decorative logs can turn your garden into a wildlife haven

    Use decorative logs and mushroom compost to create a haven for wildlife in your garden Here at Logs Direct, we believe that it is important to co-exist peacefully with wildlife. Preserving our world’s biodiversity is crucial. What’s more, simply being around wildlife can be psychologically beneficial for us humans. It may surprise you to learn that some of our products can help you promote biodiversity and provide a home for nature. Though we primarily specialise in fuels (such as firewood logs and coal), we also sell mushroom compost and decorative logs. These two products can be used to create a...

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