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Our team will be exhibiting at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival from the 5th - 8th May. It's a great opportunity for our customers to come down and see our array of water features and meet the team!
Based at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire and framed by the picturesque Malvern Hills, the RHS Malvern Spring Festival is the perfect opportunity to prepare for the upcoming gardening season. Enjoy a walk around the show gardens, gather inspiration from exhibitors in the Floral Marquee and get hints and tips from a range of talks and demonstrations at this fantastic early season show.
RHS Malvern Spring Festival has been held at the Three Counties Showground since it began in 1985. One of the first major shows of the year, the festival opens the door into the summer season and its setting provides the perfect backdrop to a plethora of plants and gardens.
Tickets are available from the RHS website, just click HERE and are very reasonable priced! The team look forward to seeing you there!
Our team has returned triumphant from the RHS Flower Show Cardiff! Not only was the weather glorious, and the crowds plentiful, but also our stand won a RHS 3 Star Award!
The RHS 3 Star Award is the highest accolade that a trade stand can be awarded at an RHS show and it denotes that our display was of an exceptionally high quality; our stand was the only water feature display to receive an award. So we are exceptionally proud of our event team for all of their hard work across the weekend.
We have a fabulous selection of images and videos from the weekend, including some slow-motion videos that really display the flow from our water features.
Now the season is in full-swing our exhibition team will be displaying at numerous shows across country, if you would like to see our products working then please follow this link to find out which shows we will be attending http://www.outdoorlivinguk.co.uk/show or if you already have tickets to any of the shows, then please pop down and say ‘Hi’ to the team!
Water features and ponds are a great addition to your garden. Imagine, the gentle sound of trickling water, sunlight reflecting off a glassy pool… A water feature can add interest to your garden and enhance its relaxing atmosphere. A water feature is a great addition to a sensory garden, as they are known to have holistic effects for people with autism, mental health issues and the elderly. If you are thinking of adding a feature here are some ideas to help you decide what to buy and tips for installing your fountain or pond.
Which water feature is best for you…
Modern water features are many and varied so it helps to know what you're looking for before heading to the garden centre. If you are keen to invite wildlife into the garden, a pond may be the best option. However, ponds aren't suitable for everyone and those with young children may be better suited by a waterfall or fountain-type arrangement.
Firstly, know your location! How much room do you have? Your water feature will need to be placed on a flat level surface, and you may want to add life to the surrounding area, with plants or containers; also your water feature may have a reservoir that will either need to be dug into the ground or decorated around. Most water features and ponds are prefabricated, so you’ll need to know what space you have available. Do you have an outside power supply? If not then you’ll need a solar powered pump and an area that gets enough sunlight. The style of the water feature is also important, is your garden in a traditional style or is it hard landscaped? Although taste and style is subjective, you don’t want something that will look out of place, so think about the material and style of your water feature before purchasing.
Be budget conscious…
By accounting for the cost of the water feature and the installation of the project, you will be certain that it fits well within your budget. Even if you're on a limited budget, there are going to be options that are available which will allow you to include such a feature to enjoy in your own garden area. Outdoor Living UK has a large selection of water features to beautify and enhance any garden or patio. Pumps, nozzles, hoses, lighting and other accessories are also available along with spare parts. Indoor water elements can be designed for conservatories and other rooms.
If you have children or if children tend to frequent the area, you would not want to have a dangerous location because of the water feature. In some areas, it may be necessary for you to block entrance to the water feature with a fence, depending upon the options that you choose. There is no doubt that your children are going to love the water feature as well. Just make sure that it is of benefit to the entire family and supervise it properly to reduce the risks that could be associated with it. Raised ponds can help with this, as it’s harder for a child to trip and fall into it.
Maintaining your water feature…
Once your water feature is in place you will need to maintain it to get the best out of it all year round. One of the most important tasks it to keep your water feature free from debris and leaves as this clog up the pump and stop it from working.
To clean the pump during the year is to use a garden hose placed against the outlet of your fountain to 'back flush' clean water through the pump. If this fails to improve the flow a more complete cleaning should be undertaken, simply remove the cover at the outlet end of the pump then pull out the rotor. With warm soapy water clean out the housing and rotor, flush with clean water, (Note the bearing pin in the centre of the hole, be careful not to damage it when cleaning) replace the rotor onto the centre bearing pin and slide back into the slot, the rotor should turn easily with just a slight resistance from the magnets. Replace the end cover and that's it.
Keeping the water clean is also very important. You can buy sterilising tablets to keep the water free from harmful bacteria, fungi and the build-up of algae. When your water feature is not in use it, especially in the autumn and winter months, a water feature cover can cut down the maintenance
From time to time we all wonder what happened to those instructions! We've all been there, you bought something, haven't used it for a while and then when you want use it and can't quite remember where you put the all important instructions!
If you're getting your water feature out after storing it for the winter or it's new and you've simply misplaced the instructions in the excitement of unpacking, don't worry we're here to help!
The process of setting up your water feature is very simply, just follow the steps below...
These instruction should be everything that you need to get your water feature running ready for Summer, but if you have any issues then do not hesitate to call our Customer Service Desk on 01733 688464.
Everyone at Outdoorliving UK is so excited to announce that we have won Theo Paphitis’ Small Business Sunday #SBS!
Small Business Sunday, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter, was created by Theo Paphitis in October 2010. It’s a great opportunity for small businesses across the UK to promote their business. Each week Theo invites businesses to tweet him between 5:30-7pm using the hastag #SBS and tagging Theo; Each week he picks six winners to retweet and promote their business to his 500,000 followers!
Winners also get to part of the exclusive SBS club, which includes having a directory page on the SBS website, weekly business development sessions with other winners and invitations for SBS events attended by Theo himself!
This honour really couldn’t have come at a better time, as the Outdoorliving UK team gears up for our busy season. The sales team, headed up by our Managing Director Mike, will be heading off to the Ideal Home Show on 18th March to 3rd April.
We are also launching a revolutionary product to the water feature market, following years of research and development we are proud to offer a very reliable range or solar panels and pumps for our water features. We also have incorporated a back-up device, this enables the water pump to shut off after 3 hours, and this will help prevent the pump from burning out if the reservoir is low on water. We supply our solar water features with 5 metres of cable to you can place your solar panel away from your water feature and position this in the area which gets the best sunlight. The best bit about these pumps is that they fit ANY water feature, so you can buy one when you’re purchasing your water feature or retrofit the kit to a water feature you already have!
If you would like to join us in this really exciting time, our competition to win one of five sets of tickets to the Ideal Home Show starts on Twitter and Facebook on Friday 4th March.
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This year will be Outdoor Living UK’s 16th year exhibiting at The Ideal Home Show and preparations are well under way to make this our best year yet! We love coming to the show as the atmosphere is so great and there are so many opportunities to see innovative products before they get to market!
The Ideal Home Show started in 1908 and has seen every advancement in household technology and change in trends over the last 100 years. Inspired by this pioneer spirit Outdoorliving UK will be debuting our Solar Pump Kits.
Following years of research and development we are proud to offer a very reliable range or solar panels and pumps for our water features. We also have incorporated a back-up device, this enables the water pump to shut off after 3 hours, and this will help prevent the pump from burning out if the reservoir is low on water. We supply our solar water features with 5 metres of cable to you can place your solar panel away from your water feature and position this in the area which gets the best sunlight. The best bit about these pumps is that they fit ANY water feature, so you can buy one when you’re purchasing your water feature or retrofit the kit to a water feature you already have!
Whether your water feature is large or small, traditional or stainless steel, it will still need TLC throughout the year to keep it working at its best. This is especially important in the winter, as freezing temperatures can be a problem if you’re not prepared. If the water in the fountain bowls is allowed to freeze, it expands causing damage to the pump and fountain bowl.
At OutdoorLivingUK we want your water feature to have a long life, so here are some tips to keep it protected…
Your water feature should be cleaned periodically. Leaves, twigs and blossoms should also be removed from the fountain. Solar panels and lighting should be checked for cracks on a regular basis. The beginning of winter is a great time to do this.
The UK usually has a mild enough climate that all our garden fountains can be left running virtually all year round. Even as the frosty mornings arrive the movement of the water and the slight warmth generated by the pump will keep your fountain free from ice.
We recommend purchasing a Frost Proof Winter Kit, this includes sterilisation tablets for cleaning and Fountain Frost Proof to stop the water from freezing.
If you’re not planning on using your water feature during the winter we advise that you drain all the bowls out and pour the water out from the main reservoir inside the fountain. (A tip here if you are struggling to get all the water out, place a towel inside the back and this will soak up excess water).
Once drained apply a Winter Protection Cover for total protection and prolong the life of the paint finish, drain the fountain, cover and store indoors.
The pump should be removed from the fountain and stored in a dry area.
This advice should keep your water feature in tip-top condition, but if you have any queries give us a call on 01733 688464.
We will be showcasing our extensive range of water features including our new for 2015 line. To see our range of water features now click here.
The Ideal Home Londn has coming to an end and we have seen a growing interest from our customer who wanted our solar powered water feature.
Our sales team have noticed when talking to customers; the amount of people that want a water feature but do not have access to an outdoor plug to power it, this makes customers concerned about the cost of having to have an outdoor power socket installed, they also worry about any health and safety issues that can be caused by having an outdoor power socket.
Outdoor Living UK saw the growing demand for solar. We have therefore spent time researching and developing a range of solar products.
As the UK’s largest importer of solar water features, we feel that we have a water feature for everyone.
Our solar water feature have censored lights that come on at night. The panels have a battery back up system that stores energy when you are not using your water feature, they also come with a mains facility so that you can charge your solar panel inside using a mains adapter.
To see our range of Solar Powered Water Features – Click Here -
Hope to see you there.
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Do you know what a patio heater is?
A patio heater gives you a new experience! Its Winter nobody wants to go outside, everyone is miserable; not anymore! We have a new product that will change your outdoors! How does it work? The patio heater shoots air out of the top so you feel the heat and wont need to thick jacket! The patio heater gives you 13 Kilowatts of heat! That is one of the most highest heat products you can buy.
This is a new product for 2015 and we are hear to give you summer all year round.