Garden sheds provide storage for all those awkward tools and bits and pieces you don’t want to keep in the house but want to have in a handy spot.
Garden sheds can also be used as a potting up place and for starting seeds off if you haven’t got a greenhouse, and for storing plants such as dahlias over winter.
Garden sheds- what to look for
A good garden shed needs to be sturdy and well made and to keep the weather out. So when looking at garden sheds go for one that has a solid frame and is clad with sturdy overlapping boards that don’t bend and are knot free.
Make sure your garden shed has a weather tight roof with a heavy duty covering and generous overlaps. Thin coverings tear easily and do not last very long.
Garden shed maintenance
Softwood garden sheds need regular external protection from weather using a wood stain or varnish or paint. Cedar wood garden sheds need protecting occasionally with a specialist cedar wood product. Metal garden sheds need less maintenance and plastic one are virtually maintenance free.
Garden shed size
Choose a garden shed in keeping with the size of your garden or backyard. Too big and your garden shed will dominate the space, too small and it won’t be large enough to store very much.
Where to site your garden shed
Site your garden shed close to the house if you want to put services such as electrics and water in it. This saves on costs of pipes and cables. Garden sheds can be hidden behind trellis covered with climbers or you can make a feature of it by painting it an interesting color and placing an arbor, a seat and some plants in front of it.