Digging up the dirt on soils and composts!

Improved soil means stronger growth and a better, healthier garden.

Good soil is the single-most essential component of a thriving garden. Its texture, condition and consistency are all critical factors in the successful growing of plants, as well as maintaining a lush, green lawn. A soil rich in nutrients gives plants and their roots a plentiful and well-balanced food supply to support development. But how can you achieve the right blend of soil for your garden?

Rectifying poor drainage!

If your soil is either too dry or slow to drain, you could start by changing your planting regime and selecting specimens that can tolerate such conditions. Alternatively, you can offset slow-draining soils by adding topsoil to your beds and borders.

This is because topsoil is rich in both the essential nutrients and organic matter required to create, support and maintain lush lawns and significantly improve drainage. Adding a good quality, nutrient-rich topsoil to an area of the garden that tends to hold water assists greatly with both moisture balance and fertility. Especially when you mix in additional essential organic matter – such as well-rotted farmyard manure and sharp sand dug in thoroughly with an even sharper spade. This helps to break down soil affected by clay build-up, enhancing its structure and increasing its capacity to drain naturally. Alternatively, you could use a high quality 50/50 Rootzone.

So, what’s Rootzone?

Rootzone is a blend of coarse, gritty sand and sandy loam topsoil. It is the perfect choice when treating areas of the garden that suffer from waterlogging and poor drainage. It’s also particularly good if you want a lush, green lawn but have a garden that suffers from too much shade or high water retention, as well as being especially useful when edging water features. Rootzone is also the proven and practical choice for levelling off for a new lawn, or for mixing into any existing soil to increase fertility and promote stronger root development.

Using compost!

Compost is the key to the success for budding and experienced gardeners alike. That’s because a high quality, well-blended compost delivers tonnes of different benefits for your soil. Not only can it lend a helping hand when it comes to assisting with drainage, but it can also help replenish and re-balance soil that’s either too dry, or too dense. Perhaps the single-biggest benefit of compost in the garden is the positive, nurturing influence it has on roots. Adding compost to beds and borders encourages plant roots to grow deeper and stronger, enabling them to draw the maximum amount of nutrients from the soil. This, in turn, creates healthier, hardier and larger plants.

What’s more, when you add a good quality compost to your garden, you also add a load of highly beneficial micro-organisms. These help to prevent the spread of certain plant diseases, by fighting off common pests. Digging compost into your beds and borders also attracts earthworms which aerate the soil, reduce compaction and significantly enhance its overall condition and composition. So, by adding beneficial microbes to your soil, you are giving your plants the best possible shot at growing more healthily.

Using bark!

Bark helps to retain soil moisture and suppress weed growth, as well as gradually improving its overall structure. As the bark naturally decomposes, it releases a wealth of essential nutrients that enrich the soil and enhance its fertility. Adding a layer of bark to your beds and borders also does a sterling job of retaining moisture in sunnier weather, to help prevent plants from drying out. Likewise, it also helps to insulate soil and protect the integrity of roots in freezing conditions during the harsh winter months.

Our ranges

Our range of soils and composts are all high in quality and nutrient-rich, here at Scott’s Landscape Supplies. Take our Black Gold Blend Bedding Soil for instance.

A highly fertile year-round mix of pure green waste compost and grade 1 topsoil, Black Gold Blend Bedding Soil is PAS 100-certified for quality. Its structure and premium composition make it an excellent choice for building up levels around the garden. Similarly, it has the right mix of nutrients to support the planting of trees, shrubs and bedding plants. Black Gold Blend Bedding Soil is available in bulk bags, 25 litre mini bags and 20 tonne loose loads.

Our Mushroom Compost is a nutrient-rich blend of mushroom fibres, straw, peat, gypsum and other naturally occurring products. It has a PH level that supports the healthy development of most plants, and benefits from the rich, dark appearance of healthy soil, which makes it an attractive and practical choice for experienced and novice gardeners alike. Mushroom Compost is also available in bulk bags, 25 litre mini-bags and 20 tonne loose loads.

Locally produced, our PAS 100 Compost is a premium quality mixture that’s packed full of essential nutrients, which makes it just the job for topping up and dressing beds and borders. Perfect for mulching roses, our PAS 100 Compost is a fully organic and natural product, which means it’s also guaranteed to contain no pests or pathogens. This high quality compost is available to you direct from Scott’s Landscape Supplies in bulk, half-bulk and 25kg mini bags, as well as 20 tonne loose loads.

Our Rootzone is a 50/50 blend of coarse sand and quality-certified topsoil, which makes it an ideal choice when laying new lawns, or re-turfing existing ones. Likewise, it can be mixed with seed and used as a top dressing to create thicker, healthier and greener grass. Similarly, its structure and proven drainage properties can play a key role in alleviating the effects of heavy rainfall, persistent waterlogging and poorly-draining soil. Available in bulk bags, 25kg mini-bags and 20 tonne loose loads.

Last, but not least, our Decorative Bark is an FSC-certified, premium mix of 40 to 60mm particles. It’s a consistently popular choice for larger garden beds, borders, pathways, and even parks. Available in bulk bags and 50 litre mini-bags.

The Scott’s promise

All of our soils and composts here at Scott’s Landscape Supplies are stocked and supplied from our yard in Eccles, near Manchester. What’s more, we offer a full and friendly delivery service on all orders. That’s the Scott’s promise. See www.scotts-supplies.co.uk/deliveries  for more details.

For any enquiries or more information and to place your order – email us now at info@scotts-supplies.co.uk; call the landline on 0161 241 2788, or dial 07951 910414. We’re always ready to lend a helping hand!

Natural-looking, practical beauty for the garden!

Porcelain paving and wall cladding are some of the most aesthetically pleasing and luxurious additions you can make to the garden or outdoor space.

Constantly growing in popularity, there are a wide range of porcelain patio slabs, pavers and wall cladding tiles available from Scott’s Landscape Supplies, all designed to create that sleek, ultra-modern look and finish and complement period properties and gardens.

So why choose porcelain?

As well as offering that truly authentic look and feel that’s more traditionally associated with natural stone, porcelain is also the practical choice for hardscape projects in gardens or outdoor spaces everywhere.

First and foremost, porcelain is both water and weather-proof which makes it a sensible option when cladding outside walls and paving paths and patios. Porcelain wall tiles and pavers are made from a mixture of clay, sand and other natural material, and fired in high-temperature kilns. This, along with their chemical make-up, will keep the look and feel of outdoor porcelain installations perfectly intact for years to come. What’s more, they are scratch-resistant, which makes them perfect for high footfall areas of the garden.

So, as well as being non-porous, they are also incredibly durable and, because they are impervious to water and other elements, they are very easy to maintain all-year-round. What’s more, there’s no need to apply a sealant once installed, as porcelain is naturally stain and mildew resistant. Similarly, liquids and oils cannot penetrate its surfaces. Everyday dirt and dust can be removed quickly and easily from its surfaces, with just a regular, quick rinse with the garden hose pipe.

Lastly, as they are made from natural substances, they are completely environmentally friendly and sustainable, benefiting from full recycling capabilities.

How is porcelain wall cladding installed?

You can affix porcelain cladding to a wide range of exterior surfaces including brick, render and even stones. These surfaces must, however, be evenly prepared and treated first with a suitable primer paste or solution, in order to reduce the absorption of fixing solutions.

How to cut porcelain when installing!

To cut porcelain pavers, we strongly recommend that you use a wet-wheel diamond tile cutter for regular shape cutting. For irregular cutting, an electric wheel diamond cutter is an excellent option. To cut porcelain clad tiles, we recommend using a score and snap tile cutter where necessary.

Our ranges!

We stock a wide range of porcelain, from more traditional styles to contemporary Italian porcelain, in a variety of sizes.

Take our Vento Italian Porcelain Pavers for instance (Anthracite variant featured top left image in above image). This is one of the most popular porcelain paving products we sell. Its size – 900×450 mm with a 20mm thickness throughout – makes it an extremely versatile paver that’s easy to work with in open and restrictive outdoor spaces alike. Manufactured in Italy to the highest possible specifications, Vento Porcelain Pavers are R11 slip-rated and vitrified to guarantee no water ingress. They also deliver an attractive, factory-cut finish… wherever they’re laid.

Porcelain ZCladding (featured centre image) is fast becoming one of our best-selling wall cladding solutions, again thanks to its flawless good looks, proven practicality and ease of installation. Our Porcelain ZCladding, also manufactured in Italy to the highest quality standards, can be affixed to a variety of surfaces such as concrete, brickwork, concrete block, plywood and plasterboard. Coming 15 to a pack, each tile is 400x160mm with a 10mm thickness throughout and an attractive split-face finish.

Rock Sand Italian Porcelain (featured right in above image) is the latest stunning addition to our comprehensive range of pavers, here at Scott’s Landscape Supplies. Offering an altogether more natural look and feel, whilst retaining all the benefits of porcelain, Rock Sand Italian Porcelain Pavers have a tumbled, pillowed edge and a sandy finish that delivers a refined outdoor aesthetic and complements a wide range of traditional gardens and contemporary outdoor spaces.

Each paver is 600x900mm with a 20mm thickness throughout and, once again, this stand-out range is manufactured in Italy to the highest possible standards of quality. Fully frost-resistant and R11 slip-rated for safety, Rock Sand Italian Porcelain Pavers can also be paired with a matching 10mm internal tile (also stocked by Scott’s Landscape Supplies} for an ultra-modern seamless look that brings the outside in.

The Scott’s promise

All of our porcelain cladding and paving products here at Scott’s Landscape Supplies are stocked and supplied from our yard in Eccles, near Manchester, and are available for you to view in our purpose-built on-site showroom. What’s more, we offer a FREE NATIONWIDE DELIVERY SERVICE on all orders of porcelain pavers and wall cladding over 20m2.

That’s the Scott’s promise.

For any enquiries – and to place your order – email us now at info@scotts-supplies.co.uk ; call the landline on 0161 241 2788 or dial 07951 910414. We’re always ready to lend a helping hand!

That perfectly mowed look… without all the hassle!

Summer is almost upon us, so it’s time to get your garden in full swing… and that includes preparing and caring for your lawn!

Lawn care is a time-consuming task even at the best of times; all that feeding, weeding and mowing leaving you little time to actually enjoy your garden with family and friends. Here at Scott’s Landscape Supplies Manchester, our reputation for high quality artificial grass and accessories is growing right across the North West of England, with a range of products to suit all projects… and budgets.

So why choose artificial grass?

We love the look and feel of artificial grass, here at Scott’s Landscape Supplies… and its benefits are many! First and foremost, artificial grass requires far less maintenance than a conventional, turfed lawn. No cutting; no mud; no mess and usable all year round… even on rainy days.

Ideal for domestic and commercial use, artificial grass is also perfect for pets and super-easy to clean… just use warm water and a mild detergent, then rinse off with a regular garden hose.

Our Sliema range!

Artificial grass looks simply stunning when laid, and is a wonderfully versatile product. Take our Sliema range for instance. Perfect for a range of applications – including gardens and landscaping – Sliema artificial grass can help you achieve that perfectly-mowed lawn look without all the hassle. A 30mm thick synthetic grass carpet, Sliema is made from high quality fibres and features extra spine technology which makes it a very durable and suitable option for all locations.

What’s more, it is 100% eco-friendly, UV stabilised and latex-backed for maximum longevity and a luxuriously soft feeling underfoot. Made up from subtle shades of green interspersed with a brown curly thatch for a beautiful and realistic look, Sliema artificial grass is also backed by a 7-year manufacturer’s guarantee for complete peace of mind.

The Scott’s promise

All of our artificial grass products here at Scott’s Landscape Supplies are stocked and supplied from our yard in Eccles, near Manchester, to maximise and preserve its freshness. Available in 2 and 4m shrink-wrapped rolls along with a range of accessories – including wet-fix adhesives, landscape edging, joining tape and nails – our artificial grasses can sometimes be ordered and delivered within 72 hours, subject to individual ability.

That’s the Scott’s promise.

For any enquiries – and to place your order – email us now at info@scotts-supplies.co.uk ; call the landline on 0161 241 2788, or dial 07951 910414. We’re always ready to lend a helping hand!

The grass is always green at Scott’s Landscape Supplies

It’s the time of year when our attentions turn to the great outdoors and getting the garden in perfect shape for the summer.

Here at Scott’s Landscape Supplies Manchester, our reputation for high quality artificial grass and accessories is growing right across the North West of England. But, did you know that we also supply Natural Lawn Turf?

Why go natural?

To us here at Scott’s, nothing beats the look and feel of a well-maintained, healthy natural lawn. What’s more, real grass is kind to environment, helping to purify the atmosphere by trapping dust and smoke particles and absorbing carbon dioxide, and creating cleaner, greener air for us all to breathe.

Likewise, grass can help prevent soil erosion by re-directing the flow of water when it’s raining, as well as being nature’s best friend, supporting biodiversity and protecting essential habitats.

The Scott’s promise

Locally grown, premium quality and hard-wearing, all of our natural lawn turf here at Scott’s Landscape Supplies is cut and delivered daily to our yard in Eccles, near Manchester, to maximise and preserve its freshness. Supplied in 1m2 rolls, local lawn turf orders are sometimes processed and dispatched the same day and a nationwide delivery service is also available. If you require a large order, then please place it with us 48 hours in advance. As an added bonus for our green-fingered clients, we supply pre-turfing fertilizer free of charge to all net orders over 100m2.

That’s the Scott’s promise.

For any enquiries – and to place your order – email us now at info@scotts-supplies.co.uk ; call the landline on 0161 241 2788, or dial 07951 910414. We’re always ready to lend a helping hand!

Another busy weekend completed!

Spring has definitely sprung!

Our yard has been busy with people collecting their Spring essentials, to get their garden in tip top shape. Shop for everything you need, in one place, here at Scotts Landscape Supplies, Manchester.

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