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Spring is almost upon us so its time to clear out the old garden shed

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

At this time of year one of the annual jobs in the garden it to clean out the shed ready for another seasons activity in the garden. Its also the ideal time to consider upgrading or replacing an old shed with a new one. Unless you are going to build a shed with foundations and block or brick work your choice is limited to a prefabricated shed from wood or metal.

When shopping for metal sheds its important to consider the size you need unlike a wooden shed they are difficult to alter to increase the length or the width at a later stage. The big advantage of metal sheds is that they will last a lot longer then wooden sheds and will need require less maintenance and if you are not to keen on the “look” of a metal shed they are easy to clad with a number of different materials such as cedar shingles or other types of wood shingles.

Although a wooden shed will require more maintenance than a metal shed wooden sheds are great for the garden and allow you to make alterations as your needs and projects grow. For example its easy to cut a small opening in a sheds side to install a bird box or nesting platform inside the sheds roof structure or increase the size of the windows if you decided to grow some of your early season seedlings on a bench inside the shed.

Garden shed are important, in fact when the GardenAdvice garden designers consider a concept for a new garden, shed and storage feature highly on the list of priorities.

There a number of aspects to consider when considering your shed. As well as the obvious items such as size and colour and number of other aspects come in to consideration such as were best to place the shed so that it can become hidden or indeed become a feature. Its sometimes easier to make it into a feature by adding such items a false thatched roof or half cut rough oak timbers added to the sides and painted a different colour from the main shed.

Mothers Day – In search of the perfect gift

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

Don’t forget Mothers day its more than your life is worth. Its easy to remember as it happens once a year, this year is on the 10th March. Mothers Day, sometimes known as Mothering Sunday, is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It is exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday

But Joking apart its not remembering the date that’s the problem its organising the perfect gift. You can always go with the old stand by Mothers Day gift of giving a bunch of flowers but after a few years this becomes rather predictable and boring. So if you Mum is in to gardening or has the itch to start gardening then this is your big chance to break the pattern and present your Mum with a gift that will last longer than a bunch of flowers.
One suggestion for a Mother day gift is the Fiskars Inspiration range of planting tools that cover all the essential needs of smaller gardening tasks Ideal for use in container gardens, balconies, small garden plots and allotments and because they are so pretty, just as perfect for indoor gardening.

Two types of single pivot hand pruners (with anvil and bypass cutting heads) are based on the design of Fiskars SingleStep pruners, red dot design award winner in 2011.There are also five planting tools – the trowel, transplanter, cultivator, weed fork and planters hoe are all made from lightweight and virtually unbreakable FiberComp™material.

Inspiration pruners have an RRP of £14.99.. Inspiration fork, trowel, cultivator and transplanter have an RRP of £4.99 each. The Fiskars Inspiration planter hoe has an RRP of £7.99.

Other suggestion for the perfect Mothers Day gift include signing your Mum up for our MyGardenTeam service to provide her with her own personal gardening expert online and on the spot advice with a home garden visit

Happy Mothers Day