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RANGE REVIEW: AUTUMN & WINTER PREP


n No more mowing


“While fake grass does look extremely realistic, it doesn’t grow, which means those investing in an artificial lawn can finally put that old Flymo on eBay. Heavy use can leave it looking flat, but a quick brush with a stiff broom is enough to get the blades standing up straight again.”


n Save water in summer “Unlike


real grass, fake grass


doesn’t require watering in summer to stay looking lush, although you may need to give it the occasional hose down to wash away dust or, if you have pets, wee or poo. This makes it more eco-friendly than real grass lawns, especially when temperatures are soaring.”


n (Almost) no weeds “One of the reasons that plants are so prolific is that they can germinate in even the tightest spaces. However, the relatively shallow depth of artificial lawns makes it far more difficult for weeds to take hold, and far easier to remove when they do.”


n Look good all year round “While heatwaves can leave lawns looking parched and scrubby, and long wet seasons can turn them into waterlogged bogs, artificial lawns are designed to maintain a smart appearance all year round. Many types of fake grass are UV resistant, which means they keep their colour and do not fade in the sun. Furthermore, by employing


infill materials such as silica sand as a substitute for soil, and with the inclusion of a drainage base beneath, artificial lawns allow water to soak away easily, preventing waterlogging.”


n Easy maintenance


“One of the best things about artificial grass is how cheap and easy it is to clean. All you need is a plastic-toothed rake and a stiff broom to tidy up any garden rubbish such as leaves or twigs that collect on the surface. A quick rinse with a hose will wash away any dirt that the rain doesn’t take care of, and if you find a smelly patch left over from pet mess, a mix of baking powder and vinegar in water will banish it in short order.”


Get savvy with your selling Another way businesses are looking to increase sales opportunities during the colder months is by creating events within the store to boost footfall and basket spend. Businesses like Squires Garden Centre optimise sales during the autumn period by creating seasonal masterclasses for customers to enjoy. For example, in the middle of September an autumn barrel masterclass


will


be held at all centres apart from Chertsey and Wokingham, which allows customers to buy a ticket and learn to create a barrel packed with autumnal and seasonal plants. Customers can choose from a selection of patio plants, a large skimmia, which will be the focal


As we near the end of another scorching summer season, which category do you expect to be the biggest seller in the build up to autumn and winter?


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point, and have the choice to add bulbs such as crocus and Tete a Tete daffodils, which will give an


injection of colour early next year. Not only is the masterclass a great way to draw customers in who clearly have in interest in planting, but the business include a tea/coffee and a slice of cake in the garden centre, along with 10% off all plants on the day – a fantastic way to create add on sales.


Renovation and decoration As summer comes to an end, consumers are looking to events like Halloween and Christmas to entertain guests and renovate their homes in time for family and friend get-togethers. Our DIY Week Poll showed us that many of you expect decorating to be the biggest category seller in autumn and winter, and if this is to be the case, it might be a good idea for businesses to stock up and promote DIY projects for novices and professionals alike. Even though the days are set to get darker and colder,


it doesn’t


have to be doom and gloom. It seems Brits are still keener than ever to maintain a beautiful garden space in autumnal and winter blooms, and categories such as plants, decorating/DIY and even outdoor heating and furniture will continue to thrive in the new season.


18 DIY WEEK 06 SEPTEMBER 2019 www.diyweek.net


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