Garden Design Advice

Most people hanker after a beautiful garden, but to achieve your dream garden, a lot of careful planning and work needs to be done at the right time. Jonathan Crossan, owner of Exteria Landscapes , a garden design company in Glasgow, offers the following tips.

Select your garden designer wisely. Get recommendations from friends or family if possible. If not, every decent garden designer will have a portfolio of satisfied clients who he can put you in touch with. Check out finished jobs and speak directly to the previous clients. This is the single most important part of the process when you’re considering spending a small fortune on your garden, so do your research thoroughly. Make sure the contractors are insured and qualified to undertake your garden work.

Make a project plan well in advance of any work commencing. Sit down with the garden designer and formulate the structure, the where and the when of the build. Agree project timings, and pay the agreed amount to the contractor at designated stages of the project. Don’t let the work run away from your control. Make sure you have regular meetings with the garden designer throughout the project and you sign off stages as complete . Finally, don’t pay the final tranche of fees before you are happy with the overall outcome.

Planning Your Springtime Garden

Abbey Gates, a supplier of custom gates and fencing in Glasgow, have provided us with this article on planning your garden for the Springtime.

As the spring approaches, now is a great time to start making plans for your garden. While there weather isn’t ideal at the moment, making some simple plans can make it easier to start working towards the garden you’ve always wanted.

You should consider the best ways of making the most of the space in your garden, as well as the best way to use the light. If you have a smaller garden you’ll need to prioritise the things that are most important to you, as it’s likely you’ll have to compromise to make the most of the space you have

Take note of where the sun is throughout the day around your home. If you’re looking to incorporate a seating area you’ll want to pick an area that gets plenty of light most of the day, so spend a little time working out the best location for your table and chairs. The same goes for any flowers or plants – they’ll generally grow better if they have access to regular sunlight.

Consider the best ways to surround your garden, as there are plenty of options in this area. If you’re interested in fencing, what kind are you looking for? Wooden fences come is all sorts of shapes and sizes, and metal fencing can be purchased as a pre-set style or can be custom made. If you’re going for greenery, are you looking for trees or hedges? There are countless options available.

Increasing numbers of people are opting for paved gardens over grass and plants, as they require less ongoing maintenance. They can be a great option for people without the time ot the inclination to maintain a garden, and beyond the initial expense they can be fairly cheap to maintain.

Fixing Your Broken Teeth

Having a beautiful, brilliant smile is one of the most important things for your personal appearance, and so your confidence. Something as small as a chipped tooth can chip away at your confidence as well, making you uncertain about how you appear to the world.

Thankfully, there’s the world of cosmetic dentistry – procedures that help to permanently alter the appearance of your teeth so that you can feel better about yourself. Chipped, cracked, and scratched teeth are some of the most common reasons to go in for cosmetic dentistry, and there are a number of different procedures that help with this issue. This article will discuss several of them.


Tooth bonding is the application of a tooth-like white plastic resin to the teeth to help ‘fill in the gaps,’ giving teeth a cleaner, more unified look. This can be used as an alternative to braces to fill gaps between teeth, and can also deal with chipped, scratched, or cracked teeth.

This is one of the simplest solutions to problems with teeth, as it requires no surgery or drilling. The resin is applied on top of the teeth, and hardens naturally. And, because the resin goes on as a soft paste and hardens in the mouth, no additional molds or custom sculpting is required – all that can be done on the day by the dentist.

However, this is not the most permanent solution. Unlike the materials used in some other cosmetic dentistry solutions, resins can slowly take on food stains that can’t be cleaned off easily, and they themselves can chip or crack. For this reason, tooth bonding normally requires re-application every few years.

Crowns and Veneers

Similar to bonding, crowns and veneers involve putting something over top of the teeth to cover any problems underneath. Unlike bonding, what is put over top is a custom-made shell. Veneers, which may only cover a small section of tooth, are made of porcelain or plastic.

Crowns are larger, encasing whole teeth or several teeth at a time, and they may be made of metal, porcelain, or plastic. Crowns and veneers both require two visits to the dentist. On the first visit, a mold is taken of the mouth. The mold is sent away so a custom piece can be manufactured. Then, on a second visit, the crown or veneer is cemented in place. Crowns are more expensive than veneers, and they do have issues with discoloration, but they are one of the most long-lasting forms of cosmetic dentistry available.

Six Essential Tips for Road Haulage

Monarch Transport offer road haulage services in Glasgow and across Scotland. They have provided us with this excellent article outlining the road haulage process!

When it comes to haulage, there are some essential tips you should know before hitting the road. Whether you’re hauling locally or internationally, there are a few bumps you may hit along the way. While you might be tempted to work through issues as they arise, but some issues aren’t worth the struggle. Here are just a few things to consider prior to heading on your trip.

Have Your Paperwork in Order

Depending on where you’re driving, you’ll need different types of paperwork in order to drive and haul legally. The first thing on your agenda, when you’re tasked with hauling long distances, is checking the ordinances and laws surrounding road haulage.

Know Your Route

Where will your trip be taking you? Just because you know where your headed, doesn’t mean that all the roads on the way there will allow you to drive there. Check the roads prior to leaving for your destination, as there’s nothing more off-putting than getting stuck on the road.

Driving Restrictions

Some areas won’t allow certain types of vehicles or haulage into certain areas – different vehicles may require different paperwork, or may not even be allowed at all. Check the rules and regulations on vehicle types in the areas you’ll be driving to and from.

Know What You’re Hauling

What will you be hauling on your trip? It’s key to know what you’ll be taking on the road with you, and whether or not the countries you’ll be driving through will even allow that substance within their borders. Poisonous and flammable materials are the most highly regulated, so be wary if you haul these substances.

Know Where You Can Rest

In different areas around the world, there are entirely separate rules for where you can park your vehicle to rest for the evening. While there may be stops designed specifically for your truck in some areas, others will have more normal parking spaces. You’ll need to know the rules for parking your truck in the area you’ll be driving through.

Check Insurance Types

When driving through different states or countries, you may need entirely different types of insurance for protection. Considering how likely you are to run into trouble on the road, you’ll need to be sure you and your cargo will be safe. Be sure to check regulations for the areas that you’ll be driving through to ensure you won’t be required to get extra coverage via your insurance.

Private Investigators – Regulation to Weed Out Rogues

Moves are afoot to enforce a system of regulation within the private investigations industry. Over the last few years, a series of high profile cases has forced the Government to take action, and we can finally expect to see new statutory rules in place to protect the UK from rogue operators. Danny Rae, MD of explained : ” We welcome the news of enforced licencing. Every private investigator in the UK is currently tarred with the same brush, and it’s definitely time that the unscrupulous and sometimes downright illegal operators are forced to work within the framework of the law, or leave the industry. ”

For every legitimate private investigator business such as Veritas, there are many others who operate on ( or beyond) the fringes of the law, and there can be no doubt that many illegal practices are currently taking place, day in, day out. The Security Industry Authority will be charged with the task of overseeing the issuing and maintenance of licences, and licences will only be issued when the applicants have  :

1. passed a Government check on past criminality

2. had their identity and residential status checked and approved

3. gone through a formal training qualification set up and approved by Government

Veritas Investigations , based in Glasgow, only employ ex police detectives as private investigators. Danny Rae explains ” We employ people who are already extremely adept at detective work, they come from a covert professional policing background, and they are already well versed in what is a legal operation and what is not. We will continue to run an ethical business, always in accordance with the rules of law and evidence, and it’s high time other operators were forced to do the same”