Garden Sheds - More Than a Storage AreaWritten 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 considered prospect of adding a garden shed at all. Any garden implements could easily be stored in 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 as focal point with garden designed to complement shed. For 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 of shed will help determine size and style of shed. You need to consider many different things such as ease of access, how shed will look in chosen area, security, practicality and so on. When location has been decided and size of shed determined then next thing to so is lay base. You can use a layer of gravel or build a concrete base. Whatever base though, it should be level. Do not contemplate adding a shed straight onto grass. While this may seem obvious people will do it ! It is important that wooden shed should not be contact with ground to avoid wood rotting. Another alternative is to lay shed on timbers.
The type of shed is important decision. The choices are simple metal, plastic or wooden sheds. Whatever structure in your garden these are three basic materials used and characteristics remain same for each. Wood provides classical look, plastic is cheaper and metal is stronger. At end of day, if shed is in general view then wood is preferred solution. An ugly looking plastic or metal shed can ruin he look of a garden.
Dream YardWritten by http://www.home-and-garden-decor.net
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 and 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 provide best habitat for local wildlife. Other considerations: whether 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. With variety of materials now on market, anyone can have a garden pond, regardless of size of yard. If you have a lot of space, you can build one right in 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 and pond. Another factor to consider is maintenance. A pond can require a lot of effort to keep it clear of algae, leaves, and debris.