Suddenstrike Cheshire | Groundwork Services | Featheredge fence

How to Protect Your Fence During Winter

Prepare your fence for winter

Repair or Replace

Strong winds, frost, and snow can damage timber fence panels, regularly checking the panels and repairing or replacing the damaged sections will help to prevent the damage spreading further, and will extend the life of the fencing.

Check the fence posts

Posts generally need to be 3 feet deep to ensure they are sturdy and protected from the frost. Make sure debris and leaves aren’t left to build up around the base as this can soak up moisture and damage timber posts.

Rain adds a lot of moisture to your garden, so be sure to check that the posts are stable and straight, this will ensure the posts are able to take the weight of the fence and also will help to minimise any panels being damaged or forced out in high winds.

Overhanging branches

Branches can add extra weight on top of your fence, even more so if covered in snow. Branches that are hanging over your fence can also cause more moisture to drip onto it, or cause it to discolour.

Treat the wood

One of the best ways to prolong the life of your fence is to apply a weather-proof paint or stain before the cold and wet weather sets in. This will help to protect the wood from low temperatures and rain. It is recommended to treat the wood every 12 months.

Plan ahead

If you’re thinking of a new fence, don’t wait until it is too late! We offer a range of styles for domestic fencing, all with different benefits. Think ahead as to what style you would like, if you want timber or concrete posts, and how much you will need.

Give us a call to speak to a member of our team about our domestic fencing, and we can arrange a free quote.

We supply and install:

  • Post & panel (timber or concrete posts)
  • Picket fencing
  • Feather edge fencing
  • Hit & miss fencing
  • Metal railings

Our fencing team also provide further fencing services for agricultural, wildlife, industrial and commercial needs.

Contact us on 01270 619 147 or

Suddenstrike Cheshire | Groundwork Services | Lawn & steps

How to Look After Your Garden During a Hosepipe Ban

The UK has had its driest start to a summer since 1961, leaving our lawns, grassland and agricultural land to turn brown under the heat of the summer sun. So far we’ve had around 20% of the expected summer rainfall, the little rain we’ve had just isn’t enough to stop a hosepipe ban!

The effect is clearly shown on NASA satellite images, the first being in May, and the second more recently in July:

Images of UK before and after heatwave showing brown areas

United Utilities announced the ban recently, due to be introduced on 5th August, you can read more on this here.

Restrictions Of The Ban

If your garden is looking a little dehydrated, you can still water it, just within the restrictions outlined by United Utilities:

  • Use a tap to fill a bucket or watering can
  • Use grey water, water that has been used before, from the bath or sink for example
  • Use water from your own supply, such as a private borehole.

Until the ban comes into effect, United Utilities have advised that we avoid the use of hosepipes wherever possible, main restrictions include watering gardens, washing vehicles, filling paddling pools, cleaning paths and surfaces. Using hosepipes increase water waste, and most of the restricted activities can still be done with a bucket, to minimise waste. A complete ban on hosepipe use will come into effect as of 5th August, apart from a few exceptions to the rule including being a blue badge holder. There are many other ways to save water in the home, including taking shorter showers and turning taps off as you brush your teeth.

To check if your area is affected you can enter your postcode with the address checker on the United Utilities website.

Garden Rescue

If you’re looking out onto your garden and seeing a dry brown patch of grass where your once luscious green lawn was…don’t worry! Lawns can withstand weeks of no water, and will bounce back after the rain returns to our shores.

Plants will still need regular watering, using a watering can will help to reduce waste, and having a water butt to collect rain water is always a good idea to save getting it from the tap.

If you had planned on jet-washing, or hosing down patios or surfaces, that may have to wait!

Our Services

If you think your garden may be beyond repair, or if you’d like some life put back into it, give us a call. We supply and install fencing, lay paving, patios and turf, as well as a variety of other surfacing options including tarmac, concrete and gravel.

Get in touch to arrange a free quote on any service, you can give us a call on 01270 619 147 or email

Suddenstrike Cheshire | Groundwork Services | Driveway

Suddenstrike Groundwork – 2017

Year in Review

Suddenstrike Groundwork have had an amazing year, working with customers old and new, providing groundwork services across Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and surrounding areas.

We have worked with homeowners, small businesses and large corporations, tailoring our services to each customers needs.

Over the past year, the team have installed a wide variety of fencing, as well as paving, tarmac, concrete, vegetation clearance, weed control and more. We work with trusted UK suppliers to bring our customers quality products that will last.

With added machinery and an increasing number of staff members, the business continues to grow, continuing to provide customers with a quality service from a local business they can trust.

Make the renovation of your garden a new years resolution for 2018, and get in touch with us to transform it! From patios to fencing, driveways to turf laying, Suddenstrike Groundwork are happy to help.

Going into 2018, Suddenstrike Groundwork would like to thank all of our customers and suppliers for supporting us this year. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.