Tyre Talk Column: Tyred of your garden? Upcycle car tyres for a fresh look

Ray Pantling, owner of Tyres Direct in Bletchley, uses his latest Celebrate:MK column to show you how old car tyres can be put to good use to brighten up your garden this spring. Not only does it look great, but it’s environmentally friendly too as upcycling old tyres prevents them from taking up space in local landfill sites…

Now that winter is behind us and spring has sprung, it is time to get back out there and freshen up our tyred-looking gardens.

As the owner of Tyres Direct, I’m setting a challenge to the green-fingered readers among you to do something totally different with your gardens, by upcycling old car tyres.

Old tyres don’t have to go to the landfill site when they are no longer useful for transportation – there are lots of ways they can be put to great use to make your garden look fabulous for the warmer weather ahead.

You can paint them in different colours and use them to make planters, a path or even a tyrery to set your garden apart from the rest.

Just look at the stunning gardens here… who would have thought that old tyres could look so beautiful when they are arranged and displayed in such an inventive way?

If you do decide on a ‘hanging tyre plant’ (pictured on the right page, centre) then I have some important advice for you.

Drill holes through the base of the tyres to allow drainage, and remember to cover the holes with some fine mesh.

Old unwanted ladies’ tights are required for this task, and simply lay them flat at the bottom before adding the compost.

Please feel free to call into Tyres Direct for a visual demonstration and help if required, and you can find further ideas and inspiration on our Instagram page @tyresdirectmk.

When your garden is complete, please email me your photos to raypantling@me.com or tag us on social media so I can share them on our Instagram and Facebook page, @TyresDirectBletch.

Please drop by Tyres Direct to collect some old tyres for free and make your garden look beautiful this spring!

This feature was published in the April 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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