Choosing our Kebur products

Choosing our Kebur products

How we maintain a great range of quality landscaping materials Kebur’s Director, Cliff Mosey, is responsible for sourcing all our landscaping materials, ensuring they meet our customers’ needs. Fresh back from international stone and porcelain trade fairs in Italy, and supplier visits in the UK, we asked Cliff what this work involves.     What are the main things you look for when sourcing garden materials for Kebur? When we choose and monitor suppliers, we’re always thinking about three things. The first is value; finding products that offer excellent value for money whilst meeting our customer’s needs. Key to this is understanding our supply chain and each product’s technical specification so that we can ensure quality is good and prices are fair. This also includes thinking about the wider impact of production. For example, all our Grange fencing has Forest Stewardship Council certification, and we work personally with our stone suppliers to monitor their working conditions and practices. Secondly, we expect our suppliers to be reliable; this means holding good stock levels so they can be responsive to demand. In the last couple of weeks, for example, we have been talking to our fencing suppliers to make sure they have sufficient stock and manufacturing capability to cope with any severe weather this Autumn or Winter. Finally, our aim as a company is to always offer our customers plenty of choice. We know it’s really important for landscapers and home-owners to put their own stamp on their garden project, from the design and size format of paving, to different laying methods. We are look for suppliers who can fulfil a...
4 reasons why you should care about soil structure

4 reasons why you should care about soil structure

Despite what you might think, the most important part of our soil could be the space between the soil particles. About half of the total mass of soil is made of up interconnecting cavities or holes. These holes fill with both air and water. The amount of air and water in these spaces varies by season and location, but averages about 50% each.       Maintaining the spaces between the soil particles is essential for healthy  plants to grow because they: Allow mineral nutrients dissolved in water to reach the roots of plants Support the structure of the plant Allow water to pass through so the plant can take it up through the roots without sitting in water and rotting Hold oxygen that sustains the bacteria and fungi so they can break down organic matter, making nutrients available to the plants With all that in mind, it’s no surprise that one of the biggest risks to plant health is compaction of the soil. To give plants the best chance in your garden, here are three simple steps you can take to avoid over-compacting and protect those spaces between the soil particles: Avoid trampling on wet soil and be careful about driving vehicles or heavy machinery across it, especially if the soil is clay. If you are a hard landscaper, be mindful that your repeated footfall or machinery could harm the health of soil when you work in wet weather. Make sure you have plenty of organic matter. This helps to create larger soil particles so the spaces between them become larger too. Adding a regular layer of mulch...

Competition time!

We’re running a competition for landscape professionals on Twitter and Facebook… Terms and conditions for the Kebur September Competition ending 27 September 2018:   1. About the competition 1.1  The competition is a sweepstake competition. Entrants who meet the entry conditions will be entered into a draw and a winner will be selected at random. 1.2   The competition will be drawn on Friday 29 September at 1pm and announced on Kebur Garden Materials’ Facebook and Twitter pages in order to notify the winner.   2. How to Enter  To enter the competition, entrants will need to: For Twitter retweet the tweet and follow Kebur Garden Materials Twitter profile: https://twitter.com/keburgardens. For Facebook entrants will be asked to like the competition post and provide a comment to the question stated on the post: https://www.facebook.com/keburgardenmaterials/.   3. When and who can enter 3.1  The Competition opens at 8.00am on Monday 10 September 2018 and closes at 11:59pm on Thursday 27 September. 3.2  Entrants can enter at any point between these dates. 3.3  Entrants can only enter the Competition once, but can like, share, comment, tweet and RT as many times as they like. 3.4  The Competition is only open to landscape professionals who are UK residents aged 21 or over, excluding employees and agents of Kebur Garden Materials and anyone professionally connected with the administration of the Competition. 3.5  Automated or bulk entries from third parties will be disqualified. 3.6  We reserve the right to exclude serial competition entrants who have entered more than 4 competitions in the last month.   4. Competition Prize 4.1 The prize for winning the competition will...
How to pressure wash properly

How to pressure wash properly

Yes, you might think this is obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people get it wrong. Of course, jet washing can make light work of cleaning your patio, driveway or decking, and let’s face it, that’s not everyone’s favourite job. But done incorrectly or too often, jet-washing can cause costly damage to paving and joints.   So let’s brush up on the basics… A stiff brush and soapy water is usually enough to clean stains, so it is always a good idea to use this method most of the time and jet wash only occasionally.   Before you go near your paving with a pressure washer… Always check it is suitable for jet washing and test a small discrete patch first. Avoid jet washing natural stone as it can damage joint pointing and loosen the natural layers of some stone. Light jet wash concrete only occasionally to avoid damaging the surface of the paving.   10 pointers for a perfectly clean patio Make sure your hose is fastened securely to the tap and attach the appropriate fitting Turn on the tap, making sure water is running freely before you turn on the power Always point the hose at a 45o angle to the ground. This is enough to loosen dirt, but not enough to pound the surface Hold the washer 30-40cm from the surface you are washing Always use the fan spray. A small nozzle will increase the power significantly which can dislodge jointing material and cause water to get into and eventually break up some surfaces Avoid joint lines Never use a rotary nozzle on block paving...
The Kebur story

The Kebur story

How we started In the 1950s, after serving in the Second World War, local man George Bursey saw an opportunity to set up a landscaping and tree surgery business in the Aldershot area. He was quick to notice a gap in the market for good quality landscape products. In 1961, he and his wife Iris put their life savings into purchasing machinery to manufacture concrete slabs, which were growing in popularity at the time. Starting with just five colours, they soon needed more space for a growing product range and to meet demand. By the late 1980s, George had recruited young slab-maker, Tony Lane, as well as other staff to help in the yard, and Kebur had re-located to its current location in Lynchford Lane, where the old tram line once stood. Iris and George Bursey Slab making in the yard Partner, Tony Lane earlier in his career Over the following years, George’s stepson, Alan Booton, became more involved in the business and Kebur expanded to include more land, which now totals over an acre. The Fir Tree pub next door had become unviable after the Blackwater Valley Road was built, and provided the perfect place for extra offices in the early 2000s. Today, Kebur supplies a wider range of landscaping materials than ever, to professionals and retail customers locally and nationwide. Of course, things have moved on since the limited range of concrete slabs of the sixties and we now stock over 2900 products including fencing, paving and aggregates. We source from well-known landscaping suppliers, and also import our own natural stone and porcelain collection directly from Europe,...
Natural Stone Paving Finishes

Natural Stone Paving Finishes

When it comes to durability and aesthetics, there’s no match for natural stone; every piece is unique, with a huge range of stunning colours and textures determined by millennia of geological processes. And it’s so strong it will outlast us all, making it a sound investment. There are many different types of natural stones commonly used for paving projects such as; sandstone, limestone, granite, basalt and slate from countries such as India, China, Vietnam, Brazil, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey and Portugal to name just a few. So if you’re choosing natural stone for your garden, how do you decide on the right product? You’ll need to think about its position, appearance, colour and the finish. The processes and finishing applied to a stone can mean that a completely different look and effect can be achieved using exactly the same type of stone. Some finishes are better suited to certain types of stone. How the finish can change the look In the example below, Fossil Mint Indian Sandstone which is an extremely popular option for paving is finished in several different ways. The most common and cost effective is the natural finish, the tumbled antique finish gives a softer, time-worn look whilst the honed and sandblasted finishes create a more modern look and a completely flat surface, with the sandblasting providing greater grip. When stone such as this is honed or sandblasted many of the markings (which some may view as blemishes) in natural stone tend to disappear and a more even colour tone is achieved. 2. This next example illustrates how different Asian Blue (Vietnamese) Limestone can look depending on the finish...
How clean lines and an open layout transformed this Hampshire garden

How clean lines and an open layout transformed this Hampshire garden

Mr and Mrs Collins asked us to redesign their Hampshire garden which they found overgrown and enclosed due to the position of a number of large shrubs and the poor layout. The brief was for a low maintenance two-tiered patio with a contemporary look, clean and simple lines to suit the house and a high-quality finish. Our clients chose Kebur’s Contempo Thunderstorm porcelain, in a large format 900×450 for the top tier and a complementary, lighter grey Contempo Waterfall porcelain in the same size tiles for the lower tier. Both are finished with sawn graphite granite setts as an edging around the perimeter of the patio. Contrasting bullnose granite step treads were used with a porcelain insert. Twinning Kebur Contempo porcelain with natural stone accessories created a sleek and striking effect. When we visited Mr and Mrs Collins a year on, they were delighted with the end result and now use their garden more than ever. ‘Because the patio is easy to keep clean and the garden is designed with low maintenance in mind’ Mr Collins said, ‘I am finding I now enjoy gardening more than I did before’. Before: a small eating space Now: Plenty of space to eat and relax Before: enclosed and overgrown Now: Contemporary lines in keeping with the house Before: poor sight lines from house to garden Now: A calm spot to look over the garden During the works After: porcelain steps with granite...
The power of outdoors

The power of outdoors

With National Gardening Week in full swing, it’s great to see so many activities celebrating our outdoor spaces. We are hearing more than ever about the power of green space and gardens to improve our social, physical and mental wellbeing. School gardening projects have been shown to boost confidence and creativity, and to break down social barriers for children with learning and/or behavioural difficulties. Studies also show that stress levels and mood are directly related to the amount of green space in people’s area. And for those with stress and depression, garden-oriented rehab programmes have been shown to significantly reduce the number of GP visits. Gardening is not only great for boosting endorphins, the body’s natural ‘feel good’ hormone, the physical activity means it burns the calories too. No wonder then that doctors are starting to recognise ‘horticultural therapy’ as an effective prescription. As you might expect, we at Kebur are passionate about helping people benefit from gardens and nature, so it has been a great privilege to help some recent local projects to do just this. This March, we donated materials for a forest school canopy at St Peter’s Primary School in Farnham. The canopy allows children from across the school to benefit from learning outdoors in a natural environment whatever the weather. Last month, we were impressed with the number and range of nominations for the Kebur Community Challenge, our annual competition, in conjunction with Eagle Radio, for £2000 worth of materials. It has been great to see local groups wanting to improve their green spaces for so many reasons; for healthy eating, play and risk-taking, contemplation...
Porcelain Paving Production: An Overview

Porcelain Paving Production: An Overview

Cliff and Ian recently visited Kebur’s porcelain suppliers in Italy and Spain to check out the manufacturing process, the product ranges and to strengthen our partnerships. In Italy most of the many producers are based in or near the Sassuolo area, just south of Modena in the province of Emilia-Romagna. In Spain it’s very similar with a high concentration of factories in the Castellon area just north of Valencia. Whilst there are many tile producers, a relatively small proportion currently produce the 20mm thick tiles suitable for exterior paving. In all the factories we visited, the manufacturing process is very similar. Technicians scan real wood, stone or concrete pieces that they want to recreate as porcelain tiles. The scanned images are then manipulated or “photoshopped” to produce a series of designs for the tiles. The carefully selected raw materials of clay, sand and other minerals are mixed and stored in silos. Different colours are produced to form the appropriate coloured bodies for each specific type of tile. The silos then feed large presses that press the tiles in molds at around 600kg per cm². At this stage the formed tile is solid but can be snapped like a biscuit. The tiles are then dried to remove the moisture, before moving on to a conveyor system where a glaze is applied and then digitally printed, with the ink penetrating through into the top layers of the paving. This relatively new digital printing technology has hugely improved the quality of the final appearance of the tiles in recent years. Robots transport the tiles in giant racks from one stage to the next....
5 low budget ways to spruce up a tired outdoor space

5 low budget ways to spruce up a tired outdoor space

You don’t have to spend a fortune or all your spare time on your garden. If yours needs a pick-up in time for Christmas, these easy weekend projects won’t break the bank and will still leave you time to enjoy a cosy Sunday roast…   1. Paint your fencing The British weather can have a damaging effect on any garden so all timber needs a bit of TLC from time to time. A simple coat of wood treatment can prolong the life of your fence and leave it looking much fresher. With a range of colours on the market, you can transform the look of your garden, all for relatively little cost.   2. Refresh with decorative aggregates Make your garden easier to maintain by replacing grass with decorative aggregates. This space has been given a contemporary facelift by switching lawn for a local gravel and elegant grasses, which are great for drought resistance and don’t need regular mowing!  Gravel provides better drainage than paving and is a great value option for large spaces. Photo by Oxford Garden Design – More exterior ideas 3. Add a garden structure for a focal point Focal points help guide your eyes through your garden, entice you into the space and add your personal character and style. Sit and stand in places where you are most likely to look at your garden and visualise where you would like to lead the eye. Consider statement planting, a winding path and seating or timber structures. This path leading to a pergola creates an appealing place to relax.   4. Clean up your driveway or patio Natural stone can be prone to build up of stains, mould, algae and residue that can be difficult to shift...

Celebrating our forests on FSC Friday!

To mark FSC® Friday, we thought we’d share this short video, which is a great reminder of how many products are timber-related and why we should think about protecting our forests. Choosing responsibly sourced timber is a small action we can all take to protect the future of our forests and the wildlife in them. We at Kebur are proud to be offering all our Grange products – including fencing, trellis, gates and structures – as fully FSC® certified. Next time you are looking for a timber-related product, from construction or landscaping timber, to paper or toys, remember to look for the FSC ® logo....
Why my garden is special…

Why my garden is special…

Creating the perfect garden requires careful thought about the look and feel you want, working with your existing space, light and budget, and usually over-coming the odd challenge to make things happen! We asked Christine from our sales team what makes her new garden special… What were your main considerations when designing your garden? We moved to our new home December 2016.  The only room that needed any attention was the outside room, better known as the garden. It was unkempt, unloved with no real appeal. There were many discussions about what we wanted from our garden. As it’s southeast facing it attracts sun most of the day. We discussed our ideas with Dan Grimes, a landscaper who uses Kebur.  We wanted an open feeling, somewhere to sit, sunbathe and most importantly relax in the evenings and weekends. Nothing too fussy and reasonably low maintenance. Each time Dan came around, our planned patio area was getting larger – we’re really glad it did! Why did you choose the products? The slabs we wanted needed to be low maintenance, bright and good looking. We had a budget, discussed and weighed up which would be the best options to suit our requirements. Kebur had just launched their new porcelain range. Although they were at the higher end of our price bracket, we liked the fact that they didn’t need sealing, are very easy to keep clean, hard wearing, anti-slip and keep the same appearance from new. We chose the beautiful Thunderstorm porcelain which has a lovely detail that looks very like veining in natural stone. What was it like having the work...

Porcelain paving advice & reward on cement purchases

Porcelain paving advice Since the launch of our Contempo Porcelain earlier this year, we have had a lot of interest from customers and many of the landscapers have been cracking on with some impressive installations. We are always happy to talk to you about preferred laying methods and the advantages of porcelain as a paving material.  Just call or ask in our office for details and view our full range of porcelain paving on display. Reward on Cement Purchases At Kebur we supply the Hope Professional Grade Cement. A strong, durable cement in plastic bags with consistent colour, great workability, frost protection and reduced bleed. Hope Cement have a Reward Loyalty scheme which means you collect points on bags of cement you buy. Build your points to collect rewards in the shape of vouchers from John Lewis, River Island, Red Letter Days, iTunes, M&S and many many more. Simply download the very user friendly app from the App Store or Google Play and start building your points. Simple to use, all you have to do is select Kebur Garden Materials as the stockist, Professional Grade Cement as the product and upload a picture of your receipt. And as an added bonus in April, Hope Cement will be giving away a Ford Transit Custom Van to one lucky Hope Cement App user.  For any further questions please call us on 01252 517571 or email us on...

Kebur Contempo Brazilian Slate Paving

Our Kebur Contempo Brazilian Slate Paving is now available in store and online. This gorgeous slate comes in two different colours blue and grey. Both colours come in contemporary sizes 900 x 600, 600 x 600, 600 x 400. This slate has a lightly riven surface with sawn edges. Brazilian slate is strong, with low water absorption and frost resistance ensuring the stone looks good for longer and requires little maintenance. Our Brazilian slate is laid in our outside display area in both colours, we would always recommend customers to come and have a look at the paving laid. For any further questions please email us sales@kebur.co.uk or call on 01252...

Kebur’s display area 2017

Kebur have nearly completed their brand new show area to 2017. This outside display area shows a range of natural and porcelain paving in rain and shine. We would always recommend our customers come in to have a look to get a real idea of what their slabs will look like. As well as paving we also have our Grange Fencing products on show. We are displaying a range of panels, planters, arches and arbours all available to order from Kebur. Make sure you come into the main office first when visiting so a member of staff can give you a detailed map which will tell you the name of the paving slabs. The display includes our completed Contempo Range. For any further questions please call us on 01252 517571 or email...

Keburs Contempo Porcelain Range

Its here! Over the last year Kebur have been carefully selecting the finest porcelain from Spain and Italy for our new Contempo Porcelain range. We have the items available to order in store and online. The range features a number of different colours and styles including a wood effect paving and French Limestone replicas. This 20mm thick porcelain stoneware tile is especially designed for outdoor use. Its high resistance to breaking load and stress, as well as its extraordinary slip-resistant features, make this an ideal tile for outdoor areas, both public and private. Unlimited Durability: Anti-icing and fireproof High resistance to chemical and atmospehric agents Not affected by moss or insects Easy to maintain and clean. Does not absorb stains. Fade & scratch resistant Our porcelain is currently a stock item, our 2017 brochure will be available soon. For any further questions please contact us on 01252 517571 or email us sales@kebur.co.uk    ...

Kebur India Trip, November 2016

Cliff and Ian embarked on a business trip to India to meet up with their suppliers to witness production practices, look at new products and schedule natural stone landscaping products for 2017. DAY 1 Our flight finally arrived in Jaipur in the early hours of the morning after an early start from Heathrow. After going through more security checks we headed for the airport money exchange to change some of our Sterling. Last week the Indian government had, without warning, decided to discontinue the 500 and 1000 Rupee notes from circulation causing mayhem and money shortages throughout India, so with this in mind we headed for the airport money exchange. We were quickly told that there was no cash available and told to try an ATM. The problem here was that there is a limit of 2000 Rupees (which is about £25) per card. We were however lucky and managed to obtain our limit in cash. Little did we know that getting more cash would be a problem due to them all being empty. We finally arrived at the hotel at 4am. We arranged for Roopesh to pick us up at 11:30. Roopesh is one of our stone suppliers in India that we have been dealing with since 2012. Roopesh and his brother in law Guresh picked us up, and took us back to Guresh’s office to view some stone samples including paving and a mixed selection of cobbles. We were then taken to an industrial area in Jaipur to visit a cobble manufacturing yard.     After this we had a late lunch and were then dropped off in Jaipur’s Pink or walled city which...

Keep an eye out for us at this years Futurescapes!

This year Kebur will be exhibiting at Pro Landscapers Futurescapes event on the 15th of November 2016. Futurescapes is one of the leading landscape shows in the UK and this year they will be celebrating their 5th anniversary. Kebur will be at stall number 62. We will be displaying our Natural Contempo Range including Sinai Pearl Limestone, natural granite and many more. As well as our natural stone range we will be exhibiting some very exciting new products, all will be revealed at Futurescapes! Follow the link attached to register for the event...

Kebur visit Italian trade shows

In September Cliff and Ian headed to Italy to attend a couple of international trade shows. Firstly they visited the Cersaie exhibition in Bologna. A huge show with many, many ceramic tile manufacturers showcasing their new products. Ceramics is a big industry in Italy and most of the exhibitors were Italian, whilst there were also representatives from other nations including Spain and Germany. The use of porcelain for external paving has been commonplace in Europe for the last few years and more and more it is being used in this country due to it’s low maintenance. Improved technology has also meant that more high quality finishes can be applied to the porcelain nowadays and so there are many designs to choose from. Whilst the majority of exhibitors were concentrating on internal tiles a substantial number of manufacturers were displaying 20mm thick outdoor paving. A number of products are under consideration, so look out for the new Kebur Porcelain range coming soon! The second show they attended was the Marmomacc Fair in Verona. This show, in it’s 51st edition is the largest dedicated to the natural stone business in the world and attracts exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. The show has four sections; Machinery & Equipment, Tools & Chemicals, Unprocessed Stone and finally what is of interest to us; Stone & Design. The show represents an excellent chance for us to catch up with existing suppliers and also meet potential new ones with their latest products and ideas. Of course not all Natural Stone is suitable to be used as external paving in the UK, but there are a number of new...

Kebur clearance sale, Old Stock Bradstone Panache

Kebur currently have old stock Bradstone Panache 450 x 450 in ground and textured on special offer. Each slab in £4.50 each including VAT, we have a number of different colours in stock. These items are available in store or on our website, please let us know what colour and finish you would like and we can check the stock levels for you. For any further questions please call us on 01252 517571 or email us sales@kebur.co.uk...

Congratulations Winslade Landscapes!

This year Bradstone held a competition offering a brand new Isuzo Truck to any Landscaper that spent £600.00 worth of their products. They had lots of entries and last week they picked the winner, Winslade Landscapes! Dan is a regular customer at Kebur and have completed some truly stunning jobs using Bradstone’s materials. Today a team at Bradstone came to the yard to hand over the keys. Congratulations Dan, we hope you love your new truck!...

Kebur’s Contempo Honed Sandstone

This year we released our very own Honed Sandstone, we have been listening to your feedback and have now got our new and improved Honed Sandstone is Desert Sand and Mint Cream. Our new Honed Sandstone is now 25mm and has a chamfered edge. It is available in 600 x 900, 600 x 600 and 600 x 400. Due to our new range coming into stock we have put our Discontinued Honed Sandstone in Mint Ivory on special offer, was £9.50-£14.45 now only £8.04-£12.20 while stocks last. We have samples on show in our show room, these products our available in store and online, please call us on 01252 517571 or email us at sales@kebur.co.uk for any further...

Hampton Court Flower Show 2016

This years Hampton Court Flower Show has been truly spectacular with some beautiful show gardens. One of our favourites was the Dogs Trust Garden designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes and built by G K Wilson Landscapes. This garden is to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Dogs Trust. They have created a contemporary garden and made sure the dogs where top priority by creating a great place for them to play with tunnels and sniffer tracks.   They have created a number of sculptures in the character of dogs drinking out of the ponds and playing amongst the plants. Bradstone also created a bespoke Natural Granite seating area in the garden. Customers can purchase the Natural Granite Silver Grey patio slabs from Kebur online and in store. Our favourite part of the whole thing is that they brought the dogs to visit and play around the garden. Congratulations on winning a Gold Medal at the 2016 Hampton Court Flower...

Bradstone Mode Porcelain Paving

This month Kebur Landscape Division have been laying a patio in Camberley using the Bradstone Mode Porcelain Paving in beige with sawn silver grey granite setts to edge. The mode paving can give any garden a modern contemporary look. It comes in 20mm thick slabs in two different finishes, textured and profiled. Both come in four colours, beige, shell, dark grey and graphite. Bradstone mode paving really does offer state-of-the-are design choice they boast an incredible inherent strength and exceptional durability. Our landscaping division used 7mm tile spaces to keep all of the joints consistence, these are available at Kebur and cost £3.95 INC. VAT for a pack of 100. For any further questions please email us at sales@kebur.co.uk or call us on 01252 517571....

Sinai Pearl Limestone

This month the Kebur Landscape division completed their first job using our Contempo Sinai Pearl Limestone. Using two sizes 600 x 600 and 600 x 400 slabs to create this stunning linear patio. They have edged the patio with Chartham Multi bricks to match the house and created raised beds using sleepers. Once the paving was completed they pointed it using GFTK 850. For any further questions please call us on 01252 517571 or email us at...

Special offer, Contempo Elite Sandstone Silver Grey

This month we have our Contempo Elite Sandstone Silver Grey on special offer with 15% off! With a blasted and brushed surface finish and sawn edges this range of exquisite natural sandstone is available in four colours with all subtle shading variations. The silver grey is available in three sizes that can be used individually or in a combinations with one another to create a linear format patio. Offer ends at the end of June.     Kebur have recently added some new items which are available online or in store, these include our bulk bags and poly bags of 20mm black basalt, mixing tray and tile spacers. For more information please call us on 01252 517571 or email us at sales@kebur.co.uk....

Kebur Landscape Division

Kebur Landscape Division has been very busy over the last few weeks, two recent project which were completed by the team was one using Ethan Mason Paving in Raj Green, these patio packs come in 15.3m2 with four different sizes to create a traditional looking patio. Along side the new paving they fitted Kebur’s Dartmoor Artificial Grass. Another job completed by the team was using our Trade Packs Silver Grey. The Silver grey comes in patio packs or you can purchase it individually in 600 x 600 or 900 x 600. Have a look on our website to see more information on our trade packs https://www.kebur.co.uk/product/indian-sandstone-trade-packs/     For any further information please call us on 01252 517571 or email us sales@kebur.co.uk.  ...

Eagle Radio Biz Awards!

Last week Tony and Ellie from Kebur attended the Eagle Radio Biz Awards. The Biz awards celebrate company’s in the local area for a number of things such as Employee of the year and the greenest company of the years. It’s a chance for companies to nominate themselves for a number of awards. Kebur were up for the Community Consideration Award. Over the years Kebur have taken part in a number of events which raise money for various charities such as Parity Christmas Jumper Day and Macmillan Coffee Morning. On the 12th of April the staff attended a gala lunch at Great Fosters in Egham a beautiful venue and got to see Travis perform live to everyone. After lunch they gave out the awards and Kebur where a finalist with Hobbledown Epom winning the award. Thank you to Eagle for hosting such a great day and congratulations to all the winners, we look forward to attending next...

Contempo Product Launch

As you may have seen on our Facebook or Twitter we are having our Contempo Product Launch on the 15th of April. Staff will be around all day handing out our brand new Natural Stone Collection brochure which includes our Contempo Range, Trade Packs and Accessories. As well as our brochure we will be handing out free samples of our new slabs to take home. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any of your questions about our new products, we will also be handing out leaflets on our sealants and jointing compounds that we recommend to use with these products, we hope to see you then! For any further information please call us on 01252 517571 or email us on sales@kebur.co.uk ....

Keburs new display areas

If you follow Kebur on social media you may have noticed some changes going on. After the new year Kebur decided it was time to update our show areas with our new products. The first area we decided to update was outside the front of the old pub. This area now features our Trade packs, this natural stone area includes sandstone, slate and limestone. The stairway up to our landscaping office is made using our sandstone steps we get in direct from India. We have create layouts which are available in the main office so you can identify which stone is which.   As well as the display area out the front we have also had our team re do the shed area. This area is full of brand new products. Most are from Keburs Contempo Range, we used our Sinai Pearl and Asian Blue Limestone, natural granite and honed and elite sandstone as well as our stunning black basalt. We have also included some of Bradstone’s products, their porcelain mode and smooth sandstone collection. Our knowledgeable staff are happy to show customers around and help pick paving that is perfect for you.   As well as the paving in this area we have also got some new display shed in from TGB, our bespoke sheds can come in many different sizes and styles.   For any further questions please call us on 01252 517571 or email us on sales@kebur.co.uk...

Making planters out of sleepers, simple and easy!

Sleepers have many different uses in the garden but one of the most popular is using them to create planters or retaining walls. You don’t need to get in a professional landscaper to do it, these simple and easy instructions are perfect for DIY! Firstly, you need to mark out the area that you want to create into a planter. Once you have purchased our sleepers you need to decide what shape you want the planter then cut the sleepers down to the correct size  (Kebur do offer a sleeper cutting service however we don’t recommend cutting the reclaimed sleepers). Once these are cut you need to lay them out on the area into the shape that we want your planter to be. You need to butt them up end to side at the corners. Then using a shovel make our the area into the grass on the outside perimeter of the sleepers. Now that you have marked out the area you need to dig out a trench around the edge which the bottom sleepers will go in half of their depth. Arrange them so the butt end of one meets the side of the next in a clockwise fashion. Using a 4-foot level and framing square, level and square the four timbers, adding or removing gravel as necessary.  Next you can place the next sleeper on top screw them together at the 90 degree corners, allowing at least 50mm (or 2″) of the screw to go into the adjoining sleeper. Kebur sell hardened steel, self drilling, timber framing screws. Black coated for extended corrosion resistance. These landscaping screws are an ideal...

GftK Vdw 850

Kebur has just released its new YouTube video. This video is a brief demonstration on how to use our Gftk Vdw. In the video our landscapers use the Stone grey but it also comes in the colour ‘Stone’. Its so easy to use and takes no time...

Pallet Recycling

Kebur always has piles of pallets around the yard, as customers often ask if we want them back or what they can do with them. After browsing the internet and discovering a site http://www.1001pallets.com/home/page/8/ we have picked our favourite ideas that we might try ourselves! Our first pick was this too rack, so simple but useful, the creator stained to wood and then glued on some old bathroom tiles to jazz it up. It then was nailed to the wall, its perfect for storing your long tools instead of tripping up on them every time you walk in. Our next idea is this simple BBQ rack using a single pallet. This has been made by staining the pallet and then painting onto the wood, you can have as many or little shelves as you want for sources or oils and then use small hooks to hang up your utensils. Our final favourite is this patio seating. Getting furniture for your garden can be so expensive so this is a cheap almost free alternative. This is a very simple idea simply securing the pallet on top of the other and decorate how you please. Let us know if you try any ideas and send us a...

Millstone NEXTpave

This year Stonemarket have changed their Millstone range. The new Millstone NEXTpave has the same well loved character as before but with a new patented base design enabling the paving to be laid on either a sand screed bed which can reduce installation time or on a traditional mortar bed which allows you to achieve uniform joints. The Millstone comes in three colours, Original, Honey Gold and Olde London all of these colours offer a traditional looking patio with a riven surface. You can purchase them in patio packs of 10m or in individual sizes. As well as the paving slabs they have matching step treds, stepping stones and circle kits to complete your garden design. NEXTpave must do’s Always use a suitable edge restraint that is laid on a concrete footing or haunched. Ensure a solid connection is made when butting up the flags to ensure a perfect uniformed joint. For any further questions call us on 01252 517571 or email us at sales@kebur.co.uk, the Millstone NEXTpave is a special order item and can take about 2-3 weeks to get in as long as Stonemarket have it in stock. This item will be available on the website in the next few...

New products for Grange 2016

After 2015 was such a successful year for Grange they have decided to introduce new exciting product ranges which we believe will be extremely popular. Grange has released a Contemporary and Urban range. This includes a number of fencing materials, firstly is their new gate (180cm (h) x 100cm (w) ) This gate has been created to match the contemporary garden range. It has integral metal framing and planed and rounded slats to make this gate our most substantial in the range. It matches perfectly with the panels to create a seamless look throughout your garden. Next is the Grange Contemporary Panel. It is a heavy weight panel that combines modern design with strength and durability. It is made with pressure treated timber. As well as the fence panels Grange have brought out a range of garden screens. These uniquely designed screens will allow you to zone off patio and deck areas it compliments the other items of the contemporary and urban range keeping your garden uniformed. The adjustable slat garden screen allows to you have the slats open or tilt them to create privacy.   An addition to the trellis range that Grange currently have is the Contemporary Fusion trellis. It is a unique design which combines wood and metal to create a heavy duty modern design. The galvanised rods add extra support to plants and the overall structure. It has also been pressure treated to prevent the wood from rotting. Planters in various shapes are also part of the range. There is a square, rectangle and tall contemporary planter all of them have been pressure treated and come...

Stonemarket’s New Products 2016

Stonemarket have released this years new products including the Knotwood which recreates the colour and texture of wood planks, Namera, Lorento and Tridant Permeapave. As well as these brand new paving there are also additions to previous ranges, for example the artic granite now had step treds to match and a number of collections come in a new colour. All of these changes will be available within the next few weeks on the website. For any further questions please call us on 01252 517571 or email us on sales@kebur.co.uk  ...

Old Town Collection 2016

The Old Town paving from Bradstone has always been very popular at Kebur and this year they have decided to extend their range by adding two new colours, Dark Grey and Cotswold. These new colours come in patio packs of 6.4m2. These packs include 6 sizes creating a traditional patterned paving. The paving recreates the appearance of old time worn York flagstone. It has a riven service  and incorporates tooling marks and weathered edges adding charm. Another addition is the 8.8m2 patio pack with slate edging. This come in the grey green colour including the original 6 sizes plus a slate edging in the size of 600 x 150.   All of these additions will be available on the website in a few weeks, for any prices or further questions please call our office on 01252 517571 or email us on sales@kebur.co.uk    ...

Madera Porcelain Collection

This year Bradstone have brought out a number of new products, one of which is the Madera Porcelain Range. These contemporary slabs are available in a Birch and Oak shade and come in 900 x 225 x 20mm. This beautiful linear paving fits in with the latest paving fashions, it has the appearance of traditional wood without any maintenance issues. The porcelain slabs are fired up at 1400 degrees making them extremely hard wearing, ideal for anyone who wants a sophisticated practical garden. It is weather and colour fading resistant so it’s not only maintenance free but will last for many years. Available on the website within the next few weeks, if you have any further questions please call us on 01252 517571 or email us on sales@kebur.co.uk...

New Products!

Kebur are constantly looking to stock the latest styles, we have been getting feedback from our customers  and have decided to get in some new products that we think everyone will love! Kebur are now selling the Natural Sandstone Kanadala (Silver Grey) paving in individual sizes of 900 x 600 and 600 x 600 in large quantities. This means that you don’t have to buy a full patio packs of all 4 sizes. We have now added more colours to our Natural Sandstone Sett range. Kebur now stock Raj Green, Fossil Mint, Silver Grey and Buff (Rippon/Camel) setts in 200 x 100 x 30-45mm as well as the Bradstone 100 x 100 setts.     We have recently started to sell Indian Sandstone steps and this week we have added to the range. Our sawn sandblasted steps will now come in Silver Grey as well as Fossil Mint, 900 x 350 x 40mm straight unit (Bullnose along one 900mm edge) and a matching corner unit 350 x 350 x 40mm (Bullnose along two adjacent 350mm edges). Before we just had Fossil Mint Riven steps in but now we have added Raj Green, Silver Grey and Buff (Rippon Camel) steps. Come at have a look at our display in the show room! All of these items are imported direct from India and are available from the 23rd of November...

Kebur’s latest landscape project!

Karl and Daryl from Kebur Landscape Division have just completed this great project!   The paving slabs used are Kebur’s Kandala Grey mixed size patio packs. These natural sandstone slabs come in 4 different sizes 900×600, 600×600, 600×300, 300×300, the total patio pack cover 15.3m2. They then have created a pathway using Bradstone Woburn Rumbled in Graphite, this block pavior comes in mixed sizes or one single size. They have also used these blocks for the driveway which keeps the front and back garden uniformed. Hardwood sleepers where then used to edge the patio and create these unique steps down to the lawn, this style is becoming more and more popular. They were also used to create planters at the back of the garden, a lot of people prefer using sleepers than walling blocks because it looks more natural. Lastly the Kebur Landscapers installed Grange Closeboard panels using concrete posts and gravel boards. The benefit of using concrete posts is that they are much longer lasting and won’t need replacing any time soon! Any questions or if you  would like some more information on how to get this look call us on 01252 517571 or email us on...

GftK vdw 815

Kebur is now stocking GftK vdw 815! This product will be sold in sand and stone grey. The 815 is a epoxy paving joint mortar. It is ideal for paving with narrow joints with light to medium traffic loads, for example commercial and domestic patios. It is used for larger format paving (generally means more than 400mm x 400mm) This advanced paving joint technology is fast and extremely easy to apply as a self compacting wet-slurry that is applied on wet surface so there is no waiting for the services to dry on or the rain to stop. This mortar can be used on natural and concrete slabs, the finish is easy to clean, water permeable, abrasion resistant and even mechanical sweeper resistant. Come in for one of our 10kg tub or call us on 01252 517571 to arrange delivery!...

October Update

Kebur has just set up its own Pinterest. Our page is full of different photos from gardens that our landscapers have completed themselves or others we have seen on the internet. We have one board full of photos called ‘Garden Inspiration’ the photos featured are gardens that we think look great or unique ideas that customers may like to try. Each photo has a link back to our website where you can find some of the materials. Another board we have is ‘Kebur and The Community’ these photos we have taken ourselves of our charity events and sponsors, you can pin these to your own boards or like them. Make sure you follow us on Pinterest if you’re looking for some new original ideas at https://uk.pinterest.com/keburgarden/ Kebur has launched some new products. With natural stone in such high demand we wanted to expand our range. Kebur has started importing their own sandstone fossil mint steps. We offer bullnose steps which come in 600mm x 350mm in a riven finish and a sandblasted sandstone bullnose step which comes in 900mm x 350mm and has a matching corner piece which is 350mm x 350mm. Another product which has come in with the steps are our new sawn and riven sandstone setts, also in fossil mint these setts look great as edgings for your patio. The sawn sandstone setts come in 200 x 100 x 50 and 100 x 100 x 50. The riven setts come in 200 x 100 and vary in width. These items will soon be available on the website and are in stock from the 20/10/2015.     Now its...

October 2015 Update

Well done to Farnborough Rugby Club U-7’s for winning their tournament in Guildford last weekend, we all think the brand new kits look great!   Lots has been going on at Kebur, on the 25th of September Kebur held a Coffee and Cake Day for Macmillan Cancer Support. All members of staff baked their own sweet treats and brought them in to sell to our customers. Kebur managed to raise a total of just over £190.00! Thank you to everyone who got involved and donated to such a great cause. Ian and Cliff headed to Italy for the MARMOMACC Natural Stone show. The show included Natural Stone from all over the world. You are able to see all the different finishes that the stones are available in and the machinery they use to produce them. Ian and Cliff were particularly interested in the contemporary Slate, Sandstone and Granite non-slip finishes. Kebur has seen an increase demand for these slabs, especially in individual sizes such as 900 x 600 and 600 x 400, they have been looking for sources to supply these sizes to Kebur’s customers. This October Kebur is working on re-launching the YouTube channel. We wants to have a more up to date channel with regular videos. These would include demo’s of products such as the sealants or product information videos comparing natural stone and reconstituted. Each month we plan of posting videos with members of staff starring in them. We would love to know what the customers would like to see, please feel free to drop us a message or emails of any ideas you have. We have...

Kebur’s Online Ordering System

Kebur has reached over 1,000 online orders. Last October Kebur launched our online ordering system. We started off with around 50 orders per month but since then we have doubled and tripled our orders. People from all over the country have been using Kebur to order their materials, often customers who cannot find an item in stock near them will get it delivered from us! Our system is very simple to use, you can create quotes or a full order. Browse through our website adding the items you request to your basket which will create a total, you then can fill in your details (contact number, address etc.). When you have completed your quote it will be sent directly to us and we will call you with our availability, delivery dates and price. When processing your order you can select a delivery date, we usually are able to keep to the date requested, however if we need to order an item in it may take longer. You are also able to leave special requests, this section is important if you have access issues or want the items to be left in a certain area. Our online system is only monitored during opening hours so you will only be contacted by a member of staff from 08.00 – 17:30. We currently have a number of our display sheds for sale, Kebur can dismantle them and get them delivered to your address within a few days. All the sheds have been discounted to great prices! Please have a look on a special offer section on our website to see what the latest deals are...

What’s going on at Kebur!

On the 15th of August on ITV ‘Love Your Garden’ we saw the show create a path out of ‘Breedon Amber Special Gravel’. They wanted to create a simple pathway with very low maintenance, here at Kebur we supply and stock ‘Gold Path Self Binding Gravel’. It has proven very popular in the last few years to create country paths, parking areas and even small areas in the garden. The Gold Path is 10mm – dust graded and comes in bulk bags 850kg- 1000kg (0.6cu metre). One bag covers around 11sqm at a 50mm depth. The Gold Path is very easy to lay. It needs to be on an area of free drainage to guarantee that the water is not held below the surface. You need to have a solid level base under the area that the self-binding gravel will go, we usually recommend a few inches of scalping’s (MOT)This foundation should then be compacted with a roller not weighing less than 1 tonne to provide a flat level surface. You want to lay in moist conditions to help the materials bind together and then compact the material down to get the best results (Rollers are recommended for this step). Please call a member of staff if you have any further questions.     This September Kebur has decided to take part in the Macmillan Coffee Morning. On the 25th we will be selling a number of different sweet treats all made by the staff at Kebur, we will also be selling Tea and Coffee. All the money we raise will be going towards a great cause. Macmillan is...

August 2015 Update

August 2015 This summer Kebur has been looking into introducing lots of new product to create your perfect patio. We have just introduced our new product ‘Black Limestone Setts’. Kebur imports these directly from India. These natural stone setts are available in 200 x 100 or 100 x 100 thickness 35-45mm. They are ideal for cobbled pathways, patios or edgings. Customers are often coming in looking for an edging sett for their new patios, we think these sett would go great with the Natural Granite or Limestone!       Within the next few months we will be importing some more Natural Stones items. Kebur will be stocking a range on Sandstone step treads. These will be in a smooth finish in a choice of Fossil Mint and Silver Grey 900 x 350. You will also be able to buy Riven Sandstone steps, these will come in Fossil Mint, Raj Green, Rippon Buff and Kandala Grey 600 x 350. As well as the step treds we will also be stocking Smooth Sandstone setts. They will come in 200 x 100 or 100 x 100. The colours include Fossil Buff and Silver Grey, you can match them to edge you Smooth Sandstone paving or contrast with another one of our natural stones. Take a look at our special offer section on the website, this month we have some great deals including our Easy Grease and Oil Away, it’s very simple to use, containing deep penetrating active ingredients, it makes it very easy to remove dirt and stains this summer season, as well as cleaning your patio you can also use...

Paving Planner May 2015

As we are creeping into summer, the daylight hours are getting longer and the temperature is beginning to rise. Now is the perfect time to get that patio finished. In the recent weeks we’ve had a number of customers ask us what size slabs they should use, and the patterns that they can create. Bradstone’s website has a programme called ‘Paving Planner’ which we find useful to recommend to customers when looking at laying a new patio. It helps you choose, the type of slab you’re looking for, the sizes how many of each you need in total to fit with your specific area. If you go onto https://www.bradstone.com/ then into ‘Guides and Advice’ you’ll see the first option called ‘Paving Planner’. Next you need to click on the box which says ‘Launch The Planner’ this should then open up to the correct area of the website for you to start designing. Firstly you’ll be asked to put in the measurement and shape of the area, there are some basic shapes you can follow and you are also able to drag the lines to fit your design. You can then go onto the next stage which involves picking you paving. All Bradstone products will be available on the paving planner; they are split into sections on contemporary, traditional and blocks. You can pick your slab and also what colour you would like (The colour may determine if you can buy it individually or in patio packs only).   It should then give you a floor plan of the slabs. Along the right hand column you can change the sizes...

New Products Provide Long Lasting and Clean/Low Maintenance Landscaped Areas.

This Spring sees the introduction of a number of new products at Kebur and a common factor amongst many of these lines is providing a long term landscaping solution that stays clean or is easy to maintain. With an increased interest in higher end processed natural stone our customers are requiring a suitable sealant to protect their investment. We have introduced Dry-Treat sealants at Kebur and have already received positive interest and sales. Dry Treat STAIN-PROOF Original is an impregnating, invisible and breathable sealer that provides premium permanent protection for natural stone, tiles, pavers, concrete and grout from water and oil based stains and damage caused by water and dissolved salts. A unique super-penetrating, permanent bonding technology provides long-term protection and a 15 year written performance warranty can be provided if applied by a Dry-Treat Accredited Applicator. Treated surfaces are easier to clean, slowing mold and mildew growth therefore keeping surfaces looking new for longer. Dry-Treat Original retains the natural surface color and finish, whilst Dry-Treat Intensifia is a deep colour enhancer and premium sealer. What then, if you have a patio that was laid down two or three years ago that has become very grubby with black spots and lichen ruining your once beautiful patio? Well we have a brilliant solution. Patio Black Spot Remover has been proven to provide outstanding results with customers all but given hope on  restoring their patio being completely amazed by the results that Patio Black Spot Remover produces. Black spots are black lichen. Tiny dust-like spores grow on the underside of leaves on trees and plants and are then carried, by the wind and the rain, onto your stonework...

New Scotland Hill School Sensory Garden

Kebur Garden Materials recently assisted New Scotland Hill Primary school in a new sensory garden project. Regular trade customer to Kebur, Mark from MD Landscaping was also involved as Yvonne Bird, PTA School Liaison Officer explains: “New Scotland Hill Primary School and Nursery have been busy creating a new sensory garden to be enjoyed by all the children. In the Summer Term, the Eco-Coordinator, Natasha Feeney, and the Eco-Committee held a whole school competition to design a sensory garden. The winner, Jake (Year 4), had his design created along with some of the other ideas from the entries. All the children who entered the competition and the Eco-Committee helped to plant an exciting range of plants and herbs with different smells and textures. Every child in the school was also involved by decorating boards with handprints in the four house colours of red, yellow, blue and green. Tyres and benches were also painted in the house colours and chimes added to the trees. We have a wonderful music wall made from recycled pots and pans and two resident scarecrows. The whole project could not have been possible without the help and support from a number of parents, the volunteers from the Community Partners scheme at Waitrose in Sandhurst, materials donated from Kebur Garden Materials and Heathlands Garden Centre, support and material from East Berkshire Fencing and the money donated from the Crowthorne Trust. We’re all now very much enjoying our new space and look forward to developing the garden further in the future. We have also enhanced the front of our school with a new planter made with timber...

Stonemarket and Bradstone; what’s new for 2015?

We have had a chance to view the new additions to the Stonemarket range for 2015, whilst we have also seen pictures of the new Bradstone products for 2015 and look forward to receiving samples from them in the next week or so. Both of these national hard landscaping manufacturers that supply us have quite a lot to unveil for the season ahead and the new products will be shown on our website as well as in our show areas early next year. The forward thinking and trend setting Stonemarket, are launching an on trend smooth polished concrete flag, fine blended with the aggregate exposed. This range titled ‘Excelsior’ will come in three sizes and be available in three colours; dalmation, ash and barley. At Kebur, we have noticed a considerable upturn in sales of sawn and smooth sandstones, especially in the last year and that coupled with the fact that it looks like a lovely product, we are anticipating great interest in the new biscuit coloured sawn sandstone with subtle banding and a granular appearance that Stonemarket have titled Beachside. Stonemarket are also adding a decking tile format to their Timberstone range in both the Driftwood and Copppice Brown shades. They will be introducing Templeton Driveway Setts, similar to the Millstone Driveway setts in design but with a more of a contemporary look. This will work on the same basis as the Millstone Setts, direct to site only and supplied with the jointing compound. Porcelain paving is a relatively new but expanding sector and Stonemarket have launched their own ranges which they refer to as vitrified paving. Gravity,...

Sleepers in Garden Landscaping

Sleepers can be used in a wide variety of building and landscaping projects such as steps, planters, edging, terracing, fencing/screens and benches. A number of different types are available and at Kebur Garden Materials we supply three main types as outlined below: Reclaimed Sleepers; These are the sleepers that have been on the railway. They provide an attractive rustic look but caution must be taken when handling these as they can be very heavy. Avoid skin contact and don’t use in public or play areas. New Softwood Sleepers; Lighter in weight and easy to use, these sleepers are pressure treated for long lasting protection. New Oak Sleepers; A relatively new choice in garden landscaping sleepers, these European Oak Sleepers are surprisingly good value. They provide a neat modern look and have become the most popular choice in our range. When using sleepers for steps and terracing, concrete the sleepers in on a 100mm deep bed. Haunch at the back end of the sleeper and if possible, the front end too. If using sleepers for a low border or planter it may well be sufficient to fix a wooden post or spike behind the sleepers and fix this into the ground. There are various ways of connecting sleepers together if building planters or walls. Steel road pins are a good way of securing a higher stack of sleepers.  Long landscaping screws that are counter-sunk into the sleeper is perhaps the most popular method, whilst metal plates and corner braces on the inside of the build also prove useful and help keep the build nice and square. Sleepers can be incredibly versatile and using them vertically can...

April Update

We have just about enough time to catch our breath on a fairly quiet and wet Friday afternoon to bring you an April news update.  It has been a hectic month with people taking advantage of the fine weather and strengthening economy to carry out their garden projects.  We have of course just had Easter weekend and with two more Bank Holiday weekends in the coming weekend we envisage being kept busy for some time yet. It’s not been all plain sailing though with stock shortages causing an issue on certain product lines.  Timber has been in huge demand due to an upturn in the construction industry and fencing in particular has been affected due to the succession of storms we experienced at the start of the year.  As a result such items are on rationed allocations from the suppliers with extended lead times.  It is a frustrating situation for all concerned as we try our best to source the materials to keep up.  We do now have extended lead times with an order book on fence panels as we fulfill orders on a first come first served basis.  We appreciate the efforts made from our suppliers and the patience shown by our customers during such a testing time.  The fencing crisis has been well documented in the national news with reports even coming in that panels have been sold on the black market for up to £80.  We can ensure our customers we have kept our prices at our usual level. We have launched our new logo using an orange background and we have installed eye-catching new signage all around...

November Update

2013 seems to have flown by and it’s been a good year at Kebur.  The mild November we have been having seems to have extended the landscaping season and we continue to be busy.  Furthermore the strong winds of early November saw an increase in demand for fencing.  Fingers crossed the cold weather and snow stays away, but if it does come we have plenty of rock salt and snow shovels in stock. We have recently introduced a few new products into our drainage range, including square to round recessed manhole covers and perforated land drainage pipe coils.  Since the 1980’s new build houses tend to have Polypropylene Inspection Chambers (PPIC’s) installed which are round.  Before this time manholes were constructed from brickwork or concrete and in England and Wales these were rectangular 600x450mm size.  With these round PPIC’s it can be difficult when laying paving or blocks in a landscape project.  Square to round manholes make slabbing up to the cover a breeze as slabs can be cut to suit the profile of the frame whilst the circular opening with it’s universal PPIC positioning spigot locates directly onto the chamber, dramatically reducing installation times. pVCU Corrugated and perforated drainage pipe coil is installed for sub-soil drainage.  The corrugated profile gives improved flow and durability for all types of agricultural, leisure projects and land drainage.  We are stocking 80mm and 100mm diameter pipe coil in 25m lengths as well as juntions. We have also in the last couple of days had new Electronic Point of Sale (Epos) systems installed.  We have updated the hardware and added in an extra till.  We...

August Update

We have been having a pretty good year at Kebur and with the weather so much better than it was last year people are spending more time in their gardens. Our landscape division has been busy and continues to expand.  The guys have completed a number of great projects.  The highlights being a job in Mapledurwell where some Finesse Limestone was laid around a swimming pool, a blue-black slate patio was installed with dark grey granite sett paths and New Oak Sleeper planters.  Patios in Natural Sandstone featuring sweeping curves were laid in Fossil Buff and Silver Grey in Farnborough and Camberley respectively.  Images of the jobs can be viewed on the Installation page of our website.  The various jobs currently on highlight the diversity of projects the guys get involved in with artificial grass going down in Ash, decking in Farnborough and a patio and garden wall in Arborfield. Since launching our new range of artificial grasses in the Spring we have seen sales rise quite dramatically.  We are now offering superior products at a much more competitive price.  The popularity has risen as technology has evolved and the grasses have become much more realistic.  People love the low maintenance factor and with children it offers a safe and clean playing surface. We have a few new products at Kebur.  We now supply the driveway/patio cleaners Oil-Away and Salt-Away (efflorescence remover).  The popular Geo-Fix jointing compound is now also available as an all-weather product meaning you can apply it in the rain.  We are also now stocking 4” by 1” timber for shuttering as we often get asked...

June Update

May proved to be a very busy month for us and with the lovely weather that has greeted the start of June we hope to continue in this vein. At the end of April, the winner of the Kebur Community Challenge as run by radio station 96.4 Eagle was announced.  The lucky winners were St Michael’s Project Group in Camberley.  They are a group of people who live in four storey flats with little or no garden or community areas. The housing association has recently given them three overgrown gardens to work on and create a beautiful area where the community can come together for social and community events. They can work together to create something good and we are sure the £2000 worth of materials will go a long way towards helping make that happen. We regularly advertise on 96.4 Eagle and we hope listeners will have enjoyed our recent series of adverts based on a farmer and his wife discussing their relative needs for garden products! We have been busy further improving our show areas, with new boards displaying yet more paving, block paving and the ACO groundguards.  Our shed area been enhanced with the attractive black and white granite chippings and there will soon be a couple of sample arches and arbours within that area as well. A couple of years ago we were supplying the popular Rugdwick Multi clay brick pavers.  These proved to be popular for courtyards, patios as well as used for edgings.  Unfortunately the Rudgwick factory had to be closed down.  But we are now pleased to tell you that another Wienerberger factory...

Thakeham Landscaping Products

Thakeham Tiles is a concrete manufacturer based in Storrington, West Sussex.  For over 75 years this family run business has been producing an evolving range of garden products using locally sourced materials and supplying throughout the South East. The company started in 1933, producing concrete roof tiles but seeing little future in this they started manufacturing paving slabs and walling blocks instead. Since Kebur Garden Materials stopped manufacturing their own paving in the early 2000’s, Thakeham have been a key supplier for them.  Thakeham prove to be a reliable supplier and the two companies seek to continue their prosperous working relationship.  The key lines that Thakeham supply to Kebur are two lines of wet cast paving; Regency Ripple and Flagstone Riven Edge.  With both of these ranges there are various sizes and circle features available.  In addition to this Thakeham supply Kebur with the elegant Sovereign paving with its antique colours and hand tooled textures that capture the smooth timeworn look of chancery settings.  Furthermore the textured Sussex Paving and indeed the complete Thakeham range can be ordered from Kebur. Thakeham are also a big supplier of structural concrete blocks and the growth in this sector has risen to such an extent that it now caters for around half of their business. A wander around the site at Thakeham and you quickly discover that some of the techniques and machinery is quite archaic, but quite simply these tried and tested techniques continue to prove to be the most effective way of producing certain elements of their range.  For example the semi drymix rock faced walling, screen walling blocks, pier caps...

Easter Approaches

Unfortunately the weather is not currently what we would have liked. Last year we had a warm and sunny March, not so to date this year, but we have our fingers crossed for on the whole a much drier summer than 2012! Easter is just a couple of weekends away and this we hope will be a busy time. We have recently put up a display showing some of our fencing range including gates and trellis. This is on the wall next to where pedestrians walk from the car park to our offices. The other side of the walkway are a number of bulk bags and crates displaying some new decorative aggregates and rockery we now have available. To our extensive range of decorative aggregates we have added three stunning shades of 20mm marble chippings, ice blue, flamingo and honey. In our rockery range we now have available, longstone (grey), cotswold (light buff), red sandstone, green granite and rustic slate. We are continuing to work on improving the displays for our products so look out for these when you visit us.  Plans are also in place for us to soon be selling sheds and other timber garden buildings.  Also we will be using a new supplier for our artificial grass meaning we can offer a high quality product at a very competitive...

March Update

As we enter into the month of March and Spring is upon us, we look forward to our busiest period as people turn their attention to their garden.  Here at Kebur Garden Materials we are constantly trying to think of new products and ways in which we can improve the service to our customers. Following the feedback from a number of our customers we have changed suppliers for the metre long drainage channels we sell.  The supplier we were using had changed the design of their channels but unfortunately a number of problems seemed to crop up with them.  Therefore we have made the switch to stocking the ACO brand, who are the leading supplier in design, development and manufacture of surface water drainage.  What’s more is we have broadened the range of types of channels we stock from just the standard plastic channels with either a black plastic or galvanised steel lid to also include the polymer-concrete channels with a galvanised steel lid and also the brickslot channels which enable you to pave over the channel leaving just a narrow and discreet slot on show.  All the channels are competitively priced and can be viewed on our website here. With increased space on our Farnborough site, we continue to investigate new products to sell.  People are often asking us for morticed timber posts and shaped arris rails to use for feather edge fencing.  For some time we have sold flat ended and standard square timber posts and the arris rail brackets to join the two.  We continue to do this but now also offer the option of 8ft morticed...

Review of Summer 2012 Landscaping Jobs

It’s been a busy first summer for the new Kebur Garden Materials Landscaping Division.  Managed by business partner David Booton, the experienced landscapers of Dom and Clive along with Sean have been working all around the local area, installing new patios, erecting fencing and carrying out all sorts of landscaping projects.  We have been very pleased with the results and most importantly our customers seem to be too. The team aim to work closely with their clients to achieve the garden design that they desire and help provide some inspiration.  David will provide a no obligation site visit and a clear quotation in the first instance. For those that require a clearer view of the finished design they can arrange for a small fee, a to-scale hand drawn design to be done. A full portfolio of a number of the jobs carried out can be view on the installation page on the Kebur website and below we look at some of these jobs. Representing great value and creating beautiful patios mean that Natural (Indian) Sandstone continues to be a firm favourite and so the Landscape Division have laid many of these patios and also incorporated edgings, walling and steps to suit. Some customers have chosen to have a curved edge to the patio whilst some have gone for more traditional rectangular patio.  You will see from the pictures below that there are a range of colours to chose from with each colour having natural variations in shading helping to create a stunning look. One of the favourite jobs done to date was in a fairly small garden in a new house in Guildford. ...

August Bank Holiday Update

August has seen an improvement in the weather and so business at Kebur has been pretty good.  September is often such a nice month to get outside for bbqs and outdoor dining so it’s not too late to work on a landscaping project in your garden such as a patio or deck and enjoy your outdoor space.  With a Bank Holiday this weekend, why not use that time to get outdoors.  We still have the beautiful Bradstone Finesse Paving on special offer whilst we have plenty of stock of the popular Natural Sandstone, all of which is showcased in our recently installed outdoor show area. Some Grange Elite Planters have been added to the outdoor show area and were planted up by Chris Andrews of CMA Garden Design.  As well as hard landscaping our landscape division can organise planting and soft landscaping. Our landscape division has been busy and they have just finnished a job at The Old Drum Pub in Petersfield.  They put up a bespoke fencing system made from decking boards, a pergola and created planters from New Oak Sleepers to transform their outdoor area.  The result looks great. Elsewhere at Kebur we are currently clearing the additonal site we acquired a couple of years ago and undertaking the groundwork so that we can extend our yard space.  This will enable us to further expand the range of garden and building materials that we can offer to the Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire area. We are also now offering a cutting facility.  Any slabs bought from Kebur can be cut at a cost of £5.00 per 300mm...

We’re singing in the rain…!

We are still all waiting for summer to arrive but at Kebur we haven’t let the miserable weather stop us and plenty has been going on.  A new outdoor show area at the front of the recently refurbished Fir Tree Pub is almost complete.  The show area displays much of the Bradstone Natural Stone Paving range.  There is an array of riven and polished sandstones in a variety of colours with edging setts and walling to match  Limestone paving in blue-black, azure and honeymede colours as well as the beautiful Finesse limestone, currently on special offer at Kebur. There is granite in silver grey or graphite colours and slate in both the blue-black and vijaya gold shades.  Furthermore some of the Panache and Old Town Paving is shown as well as a decking display and some of the Verdelawn artificial grass. All the paving was laid by our landscaping team of Clive, Dominic and Sean, headed up by partner Dave Booton.  They have also been busy installing patios, drives and fencing in the local area.  You can see some of their work on the installation page of our website. Due to new legislation regarding the London low emission zone and the fact some of our vehicles were becoming quite old and costly to repair we have had to invest in a some new trucks to to add to our fleet.  So we have two new Daf lorries with cranes, one that can carry 9.5 tonnes and another that can carry 5.75 tonnes.  Also we have a new Mitsubishi Fuso Canter tipper vehicle which can carry approz. 1.5 tonnes.  All vehicles are sign...

Bradstone Finesse Paving Special Offer

For a limited period only, Kebur Garden Materials has a special offer on the stunning Bradstone Finesse Paving. The contemporary Bradstone Finesse is an Indian sourced Limestone paving that has been calibrated to a thickness of 18mm with clean cut sawn edges and an ever so lightly textured surface. It comes in a gorgeous light shade that will brighten up the garden and give a warm modern feel.  Being a natural stone, each paver has individual character and subtle colour variations. The Finesse paving is supplied in mixed size patio packs, when laid with a 5-10mm joint is enough to cover 10.2 square metres.  Each pack contains; 6 of 600×600, 10 of 600×450, 10 of 600×300, 10 of 450×450, 5 of 450×300, 4 of 300×300. Normally retailing at £655.00 per pack including VAT (£64.21 sq mtr), Kebur currently has a special offer of £449.00 per pack including VAT (£44.00 per sq mtr), a saving of 31.5%.  At Kebur we have a large display board of Finesse in our showroom so please feel free to come down and take a look.  We can arrange delivery and supply all other materials you will need to lay the...

Low Cost Paving Options

At Kebur we supply a vast range of paving from simple utility paving through to the most luxurious of premium natural stone options.  There are solutions to create an ultra modern garden with clean lines as well as more rugged looking paving suited to traditional cottage gardens.  With both natural stone paving and reconstituted stone there is a large choice and price range.  Here though we explore some of the reconstituted stone/concrete options on offer at the more budget end of the scale.  Some old tried and tested favourites produced by family run Sussex manufacturers Thakeham Tiles and some newer options that paving giants Bradstone have created in recent years.  All options are of around £20.00 per square metre or below showing that an attractive patio can still be created without it costing a fortune, an important consideration in the current economic climate. Thakeham Flagstone Riven Edge Flagstone Riven Edge Paving succesfully reproduces and captures the elegance of natural York stone.  The colours, surface textures and edge details have been carefully selected to suit the regional character of traditional gardens.  When purchased in the 7.3 square metre patio packs this paving represents excellent value at £20.41* per square metre.  The patio packs contain a mix of three sizes; 600×600, 600×300 and 300×300 meaning a simple random pattern can be followed in the style of classic stone flagging.  With the Vintage and Old Cotswold colours recently added to the range there are now five colours to choose from with Weathered Old York, York and Autumn the long established shades.  Circle features are also available.  For full details see the Kebur...

Make your own bed to grow your own veg

The rising cost of food, an increased awareness of what is going into our food and of our carbon footprint (food miles) and an active encouragement from celebrity chefs are all factors behind the growing trend of ‘grow your own’. Now is the time of year that people are turning their attention to planning their crops and sewing seeds etc.  A great way to join the ‘grow your own’ revolution is to build your own raised vegetable beds and Kebur Garden Materials can supply all the materials you need to do this.   An attractive way to build raised beds is to use railway sleepers. This will give you a sturdy base that will last for years and the sleepers can be built up to make higher beds.  Kebur supply reclaimed sleepers, new oak sleepers, new softwood sleepers and rounded garden sleepers all of which are suitable.  Alternatively you can purchase timber gravel boards or decking boards or joists and join together using timber fixing spikes or posts. Kebur can also supply the Grange Fencing range of shallow raised beds that come in easy to handle flat packs that are simple to assemble. To fill the beds Kebur supply a range of topsoils and compost.  The Norfolk Biodress, a mixture of high quality fertile Norfolk Loam and peat free compost is ideal for vegetable plots. There are a number of advantages to growing your vegetables in raised beds: Creating areas of fertile, well draining soil where that is not already the case. Keeping plants organised. You are able to fill beds with plant specific soil mixtures meaning more success....