Top Tips and How To

  1. When is the best time to buy a shed?

    When is the best time to buy a shed?

    The simple answer to that question, and one that saves time, is ‘now.’ Assuming you’re reading this in the summer, of course. There, you’ve now got five minutes back of your life to sort out that very shed. 

    Or, if you have a brew in hand and have nothing else to do, here are a few compelling reasons to buy that new shed right now:







     

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  2. A Guide to Feeding Plants in the Garden

    A Guide to Feeding Plants in the Garden

    It’s been a great growing season up to now with plenty of rain and a good dollop of sun. Soil and compost are getting tired and some are struggling to keep up with the demands of voracious root systems. Feeding time! 

    Plants in containers concern me most as you cannot get the natural interaction between soil organisms and roots required for the best healthy and sustainable growth. A little bit extra is needed. But even plants in natural soil can starve their surroundings, especially fast growing and active plants. 


    A man putting his hand in dry soil and a model of a monster plant called 'Audrey'

    Underst

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  3. A Tidy Shed Makes For a Better Garden

    A Tidy Shed Makes For a Better Garden

    Top Tips for a Tidy Shed

    It’s that time of year when your shed becomes messy. None of us can help it, in spite of our best efforts. Inevitably, rain arrives as you finish mowing and it’s a case of ‘quick, get the mower away’ and it’s never in the right place, comfortably nestling under the benching. Nope, it’s slap-bang in the way of the door. Same with the mountain of now redundant cloches, tangles of netting, tumbleweed and horticultural fleece. But you can change your ways. Really. 

    Chuck It

    The first job in tidying a shed is to throw away anything that is surplus to requirements. It is so much more efficient to take a photograph of the can of paint, for matching purposes, than keeping the can itself. Or paint a swatch onto a piece of old wallpaper and write the brand and shade on the back. The contents of the can will most likely be ‘off’

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  4. How to Keep Your Patio Weed Free (and Moss Free Too)

    How to Keep Your Patio Weed Free (and Moss Free Too)

    Patios are emerging from the dark winter and wet spring looking worse for wear. Algae and moss are causing major slip hazards and weeds are emerging from every poorly mortared joint. But sorting them out can be easy and highly satisfying.

    A weedy patio

    Weeds

    Get yourself a comfy kneeler, sink to your knees and do your weedy business. Make sure you get every scrap of root out wherever possible as perennial weeds (dandelions are one of the worst culprits) will regrow. Annual weeds are best removed before they start to flower and set seed. It will save you a whole heap of problems later in the year

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  5. Bored With Retirement? Turn Your Shed into A Workshop

    Bored With Retirement? Turn Your Shed into A Workshop

    You’ve worked hard all your life and it was a wonderful feeling, retiring. For the first time in life, you experienced a real sense of freedom. And when you and the other-half finally holidayed in that far-flung place you’d always dreamed about? Well, it was an experience you’ll never forget.

    Since those halcyon days, you’ve cleaned out the shed, got the garden looking great, visited the grandkids ‘down south’ and… And?

    There’s something missing, isn’t there? A man or woman who was as busy as you shouldn’t be watching daytime TV. You want a little project to get your teeth into, don’t you?

    All you need is an idea…a little bit of inspiration. Well, your wish is Shedstore’s c

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  6. The Top 10 Questions to Ask When Buying A Shed

    The Top 10 Questions to Ask When Buying A Shed
    A new shed is an investment in your home and garden - and it should last decades. Therefore, it is important to make the right choice first time. Here we have compiled the Top 10 Questions to Ask When Buying a Shed. Take time to think about each one. If you have any questions, our friendly UK-based customer service team will be happy to help you. Try our live chat feature or call 0333 003 0581.

    1. How much space have I got?

    5'x3' Lotus Pent Slate Grey Metal Shed

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  7. How to Choose and Install Border Edging

    How to Choose and Install Border Edging

    No Garden Design is Complete Without Border Edging

    Designing and maintaining an attractive garden is hard work. There is no doubt about it. Hours of planning, sowing, pruning and mowing (plus a whole host of other activities) are required to keep gardens presentable. Why then, ruin all your hard work by neglecting simple tasks? One such example is garden border edging. Omitting this vital finishing touch is a horticultural crime so heinous it could be compared to pairing a tailored three-piece suit with scuffed, unpolished shoes. Scruffy and unforgiveable. The separation between lawn and flower bed simply must be distinctly marked. 

    What type of border edging to use?

    Wood is the most common material to use as garden border edging; wood looks natural and blends in superbly with surrounding fence panels, 

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  8. A Guide to Raised Beds and Garden Planters

    A Guide to Raised Beds and Garden Planters

    Get a Flying Start This Spring with Raised Beds and Planters

    As we welcome signs of spring, it's the favourite time of year for most gardeners. And it’s raised beds and containers that allow gardeners across the UK to get ahead of the game.

    Both can help with earlier sowing and planting and are easy to protect if any cold weather dares to head back. Get the best from your beds and pots by following a few guidelines.

    Raised Beds

    Raised beds are more easily managed than big wide borders. Weeding, watering, feeding and protecting your plants is far simpler when you are focusing on one area.

    When constructing your raised beds, it's a top tip to line them with empty compost sacks (folded inside out so the black part is showing into the bed). This will protect the wood from water damamged - especially if your planter is not pressure treated. 

    Remember to occassionaly check n

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  9. Using Trellis in The Garden

    Using Trellis in The Garden

    At this time of year, you could be forgiven for having a garden that’s looking a little dull and empty; and we’re still a few months away from having borders full of blooms again. So, what can be done to liven an outdoor space up a little bit? A new flower perhaps? A garden ornament? No, that just won’t do; what’s needed is some wooden trellis panels. Versatile, attractive and durable; trellis panels are a must have for any garden.

    Trellis as Garden Screens, Partitions or Boundaries

    Wooden trellis panels are superb alternatives to traditional fence panels, forming aesthetic garden boundaries and partitions. Though fence panels clearly define boundary lines or partition gardens, they won’t receive a second glance from visiting family and friends. On the other hand, garden trellis panels have a flair and style that is sure to impress. Plus, they don't block th

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  10. This is Why Your Shed Needs Gutters

    This is Why Your Shed Needs Gutters

    Maths isn’t my strong point. Countdown calculations give me headaches. Carol Vorderman doesn’t. When asked to find ‘x’ in an equation, I invariably point to said letter and say, ‘There it is.’ 7 x 8 always gets me counting on my fingers and if you move a negative number to the other side of the ‘=’ sign when fumbling around with algebra it either becomes a positive or you divide something. Or is it multiply? I struggle. To the nth degree.


    Do sheds need guttering?

    I do, however, understand 6x8 when it comes to a shed (see what I worked up to there - nice!) and just as vital, the importance of guttering.

    Your shed roof is large. It catches a lot of rainwater. I tried to find out how much water actually runs off an average sized sh

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