In most parts of the UK, winter can be an unpredictable time of year. It’s hard to know whether temperatures will be mild or cold and how long a particularly cold period might last. However, with the potential for plummeting temperatures to bring snow and ice, it is always advisable to prepare for the colder months by putting together a Winter Emergency Kit to ensure that you are prepared for all weather conditions.
Our range of winter products includes:
Rock Salt works by combining with water to create a “brine”, which has a lower freezing point to plain water. This means that when Rock Salt is placed onto water that is near 0 degrees Celsius, the solid ice will melt, returning to its water-form.
This makes Rock Salt an effective product when temperatures are low, to melt both ice and snow, reducing the likelihood of accidents occurring.
Please do not be tempted to throw boiling water onto your driveway or path to get rid of snow or ice; this won't work. Instead, it will create black ice which is more slippery than typical ice. Boiling water also shouldn't be used to defrost a car windscreen, as this will cause the glass to crack. We recommend using a de-icer instead.
Our De-Icer is exactly what you need to de-ice your car and is an absolute essential in your car’s Winter Kit that should also include warm blankets and a shovel. De-Icer can remove ice from your windows quickly and easily, alongside a simple scraper. The product melts the ice, whilst preventing it from re-freezing which is important when temperatures are low. It can be used alongside your cars existing heaters.
Coal is a sedimentary rock that is often referred to as a “fossil fuel” which is used to describe fuels that have formed naturally from deceased organisms, over millions of years. It has been used as an energy source for centuries. Although not as widespread as it used to be, coal remains a popular heat source in the homes of those wanting to add a sense of tradition to their home.
For many, a coal fire is considered the epitome of warm and cosy during the cold, winter months of the year. Coal is also a popular choice for burners and stoves used in both the home and garden.
Why choose Smokeless fuel?
Traditionally, coal has been known as a “dirty” energy source. It is well known for being messy, smoky and unsuitable for anyone with respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis. This is because when it burns, carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide are released into the atmosphere.
Smokeless Coal was created as a direct result of the 1956 Clean Air Act, which was devised to ensure that a repeat of the Great Smog of London in 1952 was not repeated.
Smokeless fuel is the solution to concerns about the damage being caused to the environment and the effect on global warming, which means that the part that creates the smoke has been removed. As such, it does not emit any fumes that are visible to the naked eye.
Other benefits of smokeless fuel include:
- It gets hotter than traditional coal
- It can burn for longer
- Suitable for use around children and adults with respiratory disorders
Good and reliable frost protection for plants can be a stress-reliever. Our Frost Protection range includes a variety of products that are designed to protect your outdoor space from the harshness of winter.
Cold weather often brings frost damage and excess snow that can be disheartening for even the most ardent gardener. During long and harsh winters, the growing season for some plants can fall around the same time as the frosts are still taking hold. Therefore, it is important to protect the plants from the cold.
What can I do to protect my plants from frost?
Moving any plants that you can indoors during colder periods of the year. Many plants, however, cannot be moved indoors. For these, we recommend applying a protective sheet to keep them warm.
We have products to:
- Help seedlings and tender plants to thrive even when the atmosphere is cold
- Protect plants from frost. Some vulnerable and weaker plants may be killed off by the lower temperatures. However, they cannot be moved indoors, including tree shrubs that are too big to move.
Gardeners aren't the only people who might benefit from using frost protection products. Building work doesn't stop during the winter months. As such, cement, concrete and brickwork that has recently been laid can be particularly sensitive to cold weather. Using good frost protection allows them to remain moist and not dry out.
We also have cold frames that can be used to protect small plants during colder weather.