Garden Sheds - More Than a Storage Area

Written by Matthew Anthony

You may already have a garage or a shed in your garden or backyard and its possible that you haven't even consideredrepparttar prospect of adding a garden shed at all. Any garden implements could easily be stored inrepparttar 145180 garage or utility area. However, a garden shed is so much more than just an every day storage area, as it can have a character all of its own. It can serve many purposes other than practical ones.

A garden shed can be used as a place to plan and plot your garden's development or just as a place of sanctuary and contemplation. A garden shed can also be used to add depth and character to a garden or even asrepparttar 145181 focal point withrepparttar 145182 garden designed to complementrepparttar 145183 shed. Forrepparttar 145184 uninitiated a garden shed is just another shed. However, there are many different styles, which can add their own individual charm and character to your garden.

The first thing you have to do before adding a shed is to obviously decide its location. The location ofrepparttar 145185 shed will help determinerepparttar 145186 size and style ofrepparttar 145187 shed. You need to consider many different things such as ease of access, howrepparttar 145188 shed will look inrepparttar 145189 chosen area, security, practicality and so on. Whenrepparttar 145190 location has been decided andrepparttar 145191 size ofrepparttar 145192 shed determined thenrepparttar 145193 next thing to so is layrepparttar 145194 base. You can use a layer of gravel or build a concrete base. Whateverrepparttar 145195 base though, it should be level. Do not contemplate adding a shed straight ontorepparttar 145196 grass. While this may seem obvious people will do it ! It is important thatrepparttar 145197 wooden shed should not be contact withrepparttar 145198 ground to avoidrepparttar 145199 wood rotting. Another alternative is to layrepparttar 145200 shed on timbers.

The type of shed isrepparttar 145201 important decision. The choices are simple metal, plastic or wooden sheds. Whateverrepparttar 145202 structure in your garden these arerepparttar 145203 three basic materials used andrepparttar 145204 characteristics remainrepparttar 145205 same for each. Wood providesrepparttar 145206 classical look, plastic is cheaper and metal is stronger. Atrepparttar 145207 end of day, ifrepparttar 145208 shed is in general view then wood isrepparttar 145209 preferred solution. An ugly looking plastic or metal shed can ruin he look of a garden.

Dream Yard

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Do you ever dream about what your yard could look like some day? As you look through garden catalogs filled with beautiful trees, shrubs, flowers and pictures of beautifully landscaped yards--complete with ponds and garden sculptures--the choices seem endless. Before ordering hundreds of plants or giving up because you cannot decide what you really want, here are a few things to consider.

A common issue in landscaping is creating a peaceful, private environment. While fencing can provide immediate privacy, consider a buffer strip of shrubbery between your yard andrepparttar one next door. Many shrubs will grow quickly--within a couple of years--and act as a screen while providing habitat for a variety of birds. Consider planting native shrubs because they are usually well adapted to local conditions and may providerepparttar 145179 best habitat for local wildlife. Other considerations: whetherrepparttar 145180 plants have special characteristics such as flowers or fruits, how large they will eventually become, and how much maintenance they require to remain healthy and in scale with your yard. Check with a local nursery or garden center for recommended species.

If you always thought it would be fun to have a pond, try it. Withrepparttar 145181 variety of materials now onrepparttar 145182 market, anyone can have a garden pond, regardless ofrepparttar 145183 size ofrepparttar 145184 yard. If you have a lot of space, you can build one right inrepparttar 145185 ground. You can purchase a pre-formed mold or dig a hole and line it with a plastic pond liner. A simple type of pond consists of a plastic lined barrel or tub. Just add water, plants, a pump, and even fish--and you have a pond for your patio. Be sure to consider sources of electricity if you intend to add a pump. Also, make sure you use caution and take security measures if small children have access to your yard andrepparttar 145186 pond. Another factor to consider is maintenance. A pond can require a lot of effort to keep it clear of algae, leaves, and debris.

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