Gardening FAQ’s

Here at Home-Gardener we’re often asked questions about gardening and garden wood care. Although we may not always have the answer to every question, our gardening faq’s aim to answer some of the more commonly asked questions.

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If you cannot find the answer to your question on our FAQ pages, contact us using our ‘contact us‘ page and we will endeavour to get back to you within 48 hours. If it is a common question and one that we don’t already cover, we will add it to our gardening FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) pages.

What is the best way to treat a slippery patio?

Slippery patios are usually as a result of mould, algae, lichens and other biological matter that is growing or decomposing on the patio surface. The best way to cure this is to use a stiff broom or brush to clear away all surface matter, then treat the patio with a mould and algae treatment. This will kill off and clear active and dormant spores in the surface of the patio. Once this has been done the patio can be treated and sealed to protect it and keep it looking great. Find more information on how to treat, clean and restore garden patios here.

Which wooden sleepers should I use in my garden?

Wooden sleepers can be a great addition to almost any garden, but care should be taken when choosing which type of sleeper to use. Modern reproduction sleepers could be better for raised vegetable beds whilst reclaimed, hardwood sleepers are likely to be better for garden retaining walls and garden paths. Wooden sleepers and especially softwood sleepers should be treated to help protect them and prolong their life. We cover all this and more in our garden sleepers care and maintenance page here.


We always recommend that test areas are done to assess product suitability and final finish, before starting any project. For technical advice, troubleshooting or any other product or situational queries, always refer to the product manufacturer’s published information and guidance. For technical information on products and their suitability for a given project, contact the manufacturer’s technical support departments directly. Contact details including phone numbers can usually be found on the manufacturer’s products and/or website. cannot be held responsible in any way, shape or form for the guidance given in our gardening faq’s or any other part or page of our website. This is due to the unpredictable nature of wood, its age, species, condition, previous history including previous treatments and/or contamination, environmental, and application considerations, which can all differ from one piece of wood to the next and which will ultimately have an effect on any wood finish applied, including but not limited to suitability, colour, performance and overall results. If in any doubt about the suitability of a product for a given project, always contact the product manufacturer before starting any project or seek the advice of a professional contractor.