Garden Sheds - More Than a Storage Area

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Another important decision is whether to buildrepparttar shed yourself or get a professional to do it. Although shed kits usually give you a substantial discount, they require much more time and energy. Some kits even require you to cutrepparttar 145180 timber to size before you can start building. Having said thatrepparttar 145181 decision is relatively easy if your honest with yourself about your DIY capabilities.

Once,repparttar 145182 shed is in place you need to giverepparttar 145183 wood some protection. Whilerepparttar 145184 materials will come with a gaurantee, you should still regularly add a protective coating. If you are putting together a kit, a good tip is to paint as much ofrepparttar 145185 shed as possible before assembly, since it is much easier to paint some parts ofrepparttar 145186 shed before assembly, rather than standing on a ladder to do it.

Unless you are getting a particularly large or unusual shed, it is unlikely you will need planning permission, but always check. You don't want to be moving a full sized shed several feet, so you want to be sure you have it inrepparttar 145187 right place to begin with.

The typical garden sheds are either apex sheds or pent sheds. These come in many sizes starting from 2 x 1 metres or 5 x 3 feet upwards. A good idea also is to userepparttar 145188 sloping roofs to capture water, which is essential through long hot dry periods.

Matthew Anthony contributes to several garden building based sites such as conservatories and greenhouses.

Dream Yard

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If you do not want to spend your weekends maintaining a yard, turn part of it into a wildflower garden. Depending on where you live, this could be a prairie, desert landscape, or alpine garden. Check on local zoning ordinances. Some communities have not yet recognizedrepparttar value of "native landscaping" and may consider this a nuisance area. If you want a more maintained yard, consider ground covers instead of grass and use mulch to control weeds in foundation plantings and flower beds.

When selecting plants, make sure they are adapted to your area. Consider bothrepparttar 145179 minimum and maximum temperatures, amount of moisture, amount of sunlight, and soil characteristics. Ask yourself: Do you want an annual that will need replanting every year or a perennial that comes up year after year? Do you want cut flowers for inside your home or to give to friends?

Consider native plants. They are usually better adapted to local conditions and need little maintenance. Be cautious about introducing exotic species such as purple loosestrife that will become invasive and is prohibited in many states.

Above all, choose what you like. There is an enormous variety of plants that will provide food and shelter to a wide variety of wildlife. With a little planning, you andrepparttar 145180 local wildlife can both enjoyrepparttar 145181 yard of your dreams.

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