With gardens becoming smaller, neighbours closer and roads busier, we all suffer from different types of noise pollution. But, as Andy Taylor reports, Forest have now come up with a new kind of fencing that minimizes this nuisance.
Wooden sheds, whether used for gardening or storage, always blend easily into the landscape. It's a traditonal material that if maintained will last for many years.
Choose between several different styles, apex or pent, shiplap, overlap or tongue & groove cladding. If you're unsure what is best for you, here are our FAQs.
There are three types of cladding: overlap, tongue & groove and shiplap.
Overlap cladding has boards overlapping each other to deflect rainfall, it is generally cheaper than the other two styles.
Tongue & groove timber interlocks and is stronger and more expensive than overlap.
Shiplap caldding is similar to T&G but has a lip that helps prevent rain penetration, swelling and subsequent warp or rot.
An apex roof has a central ridge while a pent roof slopes from the front to the rear. Pent roofed sheds are particularly useful if you have a compact space where they can be located next to a wall.
A solid, level base is essential. For concrete and wooden foundations refer to our blog on How To Build Foundations For Your Shed. Paving Slabs can also be used, ensure that the gound is level and then lay the slabs using a mixture of sand and cement. Runners attached under the shed floor should lift the structure off the prepared base by 1.5ins allowing a clear passage of air. Alternatively some sheds manufactured by Forest have the option of a ready made base with spikes that secure it to the ground.
Choose a location that is preferably slightly higher than the surrounding ground so that rainwater drain away from rather than towards the shed.
Size of building and ease of access are factors but 90 minutes for an 8ft x 6ft is average.
If the wood has been dip treated, there should be a ten year anti-rot guarantee; pressure treated timber will be guaranteed for fifteen years. With proper care and attention their lifespan will be much longer.
Timber sheds can be used for a store room, workshop, den or the location for many other activities. They fit naturally into any garden and come in a great variety of sizes and types. Easy to erect, secure and full of light, they are not quite essential but incredibly useful.
Robert Hall, senior partner at GardenSite.co.uk has been elected to sit on the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Judging Panel for 2017. The news was announced on 31st March 2017 on the GIMA website.
April, particularly if you are on holiday over Easter, is the time when gardeners, whatever their level of enthusiasm and skill, want to get into the garden. Andy Taylor looks at the gardening jobs that can be achieved this month.
With rising water temperature and kinder weather, April is a good month for pond maintenance and Dan Everton takes a look at the jobs that need to be done this month.
Pay attention to your lawn in the spring and Andy Taylor reckons you will receive dividends later in the year.