Garden Maintenance

  1. Shed Clean in 2018: New Year, Tidy Shed

    Shed Clean in 2018: New Year, Tidy Shed

    There, it’s over. All the happy activity and social whirl of family and friends, the hunt for AAAs and calls of ‘have you kept the receipt?’ have gone. Christmas is a distant memory and New Year’s Eve well, came and went.

    And now it’s 2018 (just in case you’re recovering from the celebrations and hadn’t realised) and time to…tidy your shed. Of course, it is. It may be the Chinese year of the dog but that's no excuse to have a dog-eared or down trodden shed.

    "A tidy shed is a tidy mind - and that starts today."

    Sheds are always at risk of becoming dumping grounds for anything that won't fit in those bins - currently overflowing with turkey carcasses and sparkly wrapping paper - and gardening tools are always thrown

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  2. Prepare Your Greenhouse for Winter

    Prepare Your Greenhouse for Winter

    As winter’s frosty jaws bite deeper into the soft underbelly of autumn, now is the time to get your greenhouse sorted. No one wants tender plants to be savaged by the cold. Obviously.

    Choose a relatively warm, dry day and get everything out of your greenhouse. Give all staging a wash down with soapy water including the glazing. Pay particular attention to the nooks and crannies or anywhere that bugs can overwinter. Let it all dry and then put your plants back in. Diseases will be reduced and light levels maximised.

    If you can, put all your plants together on the staging in one half of the greenhouse. Choose the half away from the door. You can then put up a curtain of bubble plastic at this halfway point, in effect halving the length of your greenhouse. This will help in keeping heating costs down and your plants snug.

    The rest of your glazing can be insulated using bubble plastic. It’s easily fixed to both timber and metal framed greenhouses. The

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  3. Clever Garden Tool Storage Ideas to Try This Year

    Quality garden tools are worth looking after. And that starts with careful and clever storage in a shed or garage. This not only keeps them and you safe from accidents, it also makes them easily accessible as and when you need them. Keeping tools tidy needn’t be an expensive project.

    Reusing old coat hangers as tool-horses is a great way to reuse something that clogs up a wardrobe. Wire hangers are easily manipulated into hooks for tools. They are also easily secured to a wooden shed or garage. A few nails bashed into a wooden framework is one place to start when hanging up hand tools but actual tool hooks are also available. Screw them in place and hang up trowels, forks, spades and rakes.

    Pieces of strong dowel can be fix

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  4. Shed base options

    It is false economy to plonk a brand new shed directly on the soil. It is inevitable that the soil will move, causing the shed to tip, slope and slant. The door won't open or shut correctly and, if made of wood, water will ingress causing premature rotting. You need a shed base and it’s best to do it before your shed goes down.

    Bearers are the name of the game for many people. They are pressure treated, pieces of wood (or bearers!) that do sit directly on the soil. The shed is then placed onto the bearers and usually bolted down. That slight gap beneath the floor allows air circulation that in turn results in a long-lasting floor. The bearers support the shed.

    The same principle applies to putting a shed on a hard surface such as paving, stone or concrete. First of all, the hard surface has to be level, firm and if mortar has been used – absolutely set (or as many builders say, 'gone off') before any weight is put on top of it. It's that levelling that is

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  5. How to build a greenhouse

    How to build a greenhouse

    In a word – carefully. In two words – with help. In three words – do it well. A greenhouse extends the gardening year at both ends. It brings spring forward and puts winter back. It also allows you to grow a whole manner of plants you would only ever dream of – aubergines, melons, orchids and cacti. All within your reach with a greenhouse.

    Building your greenhouse

    Once your greenhouse arrives you will, of course, have already created a firm and level surface. Think of slabs or a concrete pad. Never imagine just putting it onto soil or grass. If you do, it will move and shift, cracking glass, creating a door that never opens (or shuts) and generally looking a right old mess. Solid, firm foundations are necessary as your greenhouse, if put up correctly, should last for decades.

    First, identify all the parts. Lay them out and check you have everything. Then, and this may be a novelty to a lot of people, take the time to read the instruc

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  6. How to lay a shed floor

    One thing all gardens have in common is a shed. Sheds come in all different shapes and sizes and are standing in all different types of conditions. Some of us use our shed traditionally and store outside items such as tools, bikes and patio furniture. However, some people choose to use the shed a little differently, as a workshop, outside living space or just a general escape from the home.

    If you have a shed that isn’t really being used anymore, check out this fantastic guide that will spark ideas on how you can transform it.

    How to create and lay a shed floor

    Creating and laying a shed floor is very easy and will not break the bank as there are many budget methods you can go for.

    The first step as always is to measure the inside of your shed. Th

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  7. How to safely add a plug to a shed

    For those who have opted to transform the old garden shed into a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of home life, electricity is a necessity. If you want to make the transformation, check out this fantastic guide which details how to fix a garden shed. Once the shed is back to top shape, follow either one of these guides to create a garden cocktail shed or a garden office

    Adding power to garden buildings

    Adding a plug socket is not something anyone can do. Unless you are a qualified Electrician do not even think about adding power yourself.

    Adding electricity now requires you to meet the conditions of the Part P Building regulations. Any form of secondary electricity unit other than your home will require you to apply and meet the regulations wh

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  8. How to treat your shed

    Spruce up your garden this Summer by giving your garden building a treatment it cannot refuse. When your finally happy with your garden, you have planted all the new plants, mowed the lawn and cleaned the decking. Your garden feature may be looking a little worse for wear due to the harsh Winters we are seeing more and more frequently. Your shed may have done well but your Summerhouse or Log cabin may have been hit hard. Either way, using a good preservative will replenish your shed and restore its defence against the outside conditions. 

    Firstly, some outdoor buildings do not require any treatment as the timber that has been used to manufacture the shed for example has been pressure treated. Pressure treatment is a process in which a preservative is forced deep within the timber and gives it a green tint. The preservative stops any damage from rot or pests which saves money in the long run. Check out our range of Pressure treated sheds we have on offer if you want to a

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  9. How to fix a shed

    Some sheds have seen brighter days, damaged from harsh winters over the years. Unfortunately, accidents can happen and your shed becomes damaged, timber can break, flooring can rot through etc.Sometimes, it is much more cost effective to repair your wooden sheds rather than purchase a new one.

    In most case scenarios, the first part of a shed to break is the floor. This is because over time the shed floor rots and with heavy storage pressures and sometimes the floor buckles. The first thing to do is to empty out your stored items to gain an insight into the floor, check for broken boards and rotten planks. If any planks need replacing, find yourself a claw hammer and lift up the nails to remove the boards. What is great about removing the plank is that you can measure the plank exactly to find out what size board you need to replace the rotten one. Find yourself a pressure treated plank as a replacement as they will last much longer and can withstand much heavier pressures.

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  10. How to felt a shed roof

    A shed for your gardening supplies and various tools is great. The items are easy to find and out of the way. However, opening the shed and finding that all of the items are wet is not only irritating, it can prove costly as water can damage or ruin many items very quickly.

    For a video guide on how to felt a shed roof then please click on the YouTube player below. 

    Fortunately protecting the items in you shed is easy. You don’t need any specialised tools or a lot of time. The entire project can be completed quickly; a small shed can most likely be completed in about an hour. 

    The project can be easily done by yourself, but obviously will be easier and faster if you have a helper.

    Felting your shed roof

    Tools and materials

    • A hammer
    • Step ladder
    • A level, which can double as a stra
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