Winter comes and it is time to put the hoe and spade away until springtime. Yet as you set them down in their respective places in the garden shed, you may want to take some time to think about what wooden garden sheds need to survive the winter too. The ideal time to prepare the shed is in the autumn before the winter wetness and doing so will ensure it lasts the winter in pristine condition. To minimise damage ensure that the shed is secure against rain, snow, and intruders and you will be glad you did come spring.
A good oil-based paint will keep the rain or snow from damaging the wood in Bespoke sheds and wooden workshops. It repels water, especially when it has been painted on during a dry spell and allowed to soak into the wood. If the shed has never been painted before, it is very important to paint it before the rain has a chance to soak in and damage the wood. If your shed has been painted but the paint is peeling, then you should give it a fresh coat. Plus, your shed will look much nicer for all of your neighbours once it has been spruced up with new colours.
Small intruders are always looking for warm places to spend the winter. Your nice warm shed might look like a tempting home for that little field mouse or other animal. If there is any rotten board or small hole they can squeeze right into wooden garden sheds and surprise you with their family when you go in for your spring
cleaning. Make sure you patch up any holes, replace rotten boards, and make the entire structure sturdy before winter. Do not forget the roof as a leaky roof could damage your tools or bicycles over the long winter months.
Nor should you forget the larger, two-legged intruders. Thieves often take advantage of unlocked garden sheds during the winter because they know most people do not check them as often. So be sure to buy a lock and keep your belongings safe. It is a simple precaution which can save a lot of trouble later on.
Now that you have painted your shed with a waterproof oil paint, patched up the holes to keep out the mice and locked out the thieves, you can leave your garden equipment for the next spring thaw.
Matt Fellows works at Beast Sheds, He’s had a lot of experience in manufacturing high quality tanalised & standard wooden sheds. He offers advice and tips from Sheds, DIY, Home Improvements
Later autumn is a key time for getting your garden ready for winter. A little planning and action at this time of year can go a long way to safeguarding your plants and your gardens wildlife.
Plants – A lot of the more tender plants need protection from the frost for example the free ferns. The key here is to provide a cover that will provided some additional shelter to the plants but does not hold water against the plant. This is why horticultural fleece is such a useful product. Its light and does not hold water and dries quickly.
Garden Wildlife – for the wildlife in your garden winter is all about shelter and food. Provide your garden wildlife with these two items and most of the wildlife in your garden will reward you by eating the pests that attack you crops and plants in the spring and summer. Shelter is easy to provide with hedge hogs its about making sure they have access under your garden shed or compost heap. Toads love upturned clay pots on soft or sandy soil. With your garden birds especially the small one such as blue tits its about leaving a few shrubs slightly over grow or some ivy on a wall to prove them with a place to roots during the hardest days in winter. Food is another mater with birds it easy, just make sure you have a stock of wild bird food in store and ready to go. With other garden wildlife turning over some of your soil on your veg plot or boarders will often turn up a few beetles and other insects plus the odd worm or two to keep wildlife that been hibernating and woken up for a snack going until the spring.
Hoses and irrigation systems – both need to be emptied of water which can freeze in the frosts and fracture the pipes or hoses
Ponds – leave the cutting down of the foliage until the spring as it often provides a source of food for garden wildlife for example bull rush heads are a great source of food for finches. Its a good idea to place a small plastic blow up football in the pool or pond. This will stop the water freezing totally in a hard winter. Where the football is the water will not freeze around it leaving just a patch of clear water which helps stop the ice damaging the pond and allows fish and other garden wildlife access to clear water in big freezes.
Compost heaps – to keep your compost heaps of bins working during the winter its a good idea to cover or wrap them with carpet. This hold the heat in the compost and helps a number of bacteria and fungi break down the compost
Bulbs – Bulbs such a tulips and daffodils can be dug up and placed into storage but it largely depends on you soil. If its a wet clay soil you can loss your bulbs if left in the ground.
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