It’s the perfect time to invest in a garden shed

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It almost feels like we’ve skipped autumn this year (thanks to that beautiful Indian summer at the beginning of October). Yet here we are with winter just around the corner, it’s time to prepare for the spring! If it’s colour you love tulips, crocuses and daffodils need to be planted now before the first frost. However now that the weather has turned working in the outdoors is not quite so appealing. That’s where the beloved garden shed comes in!

While we love the new craze for ‘doing up’ your shed (Channel 4’s Shed of the Year) has no doubt inspired many a makeover during the summer months. However in the winter they may not seem quite so cosy. Many people still need these shed space for practical uses such as planting bulbs, storing the lawnmower and garden furniture storage.

Atlas sheds Cheshire provide all manner of sheds from potting sheds to summerhouses. If you’re in the market for a shed, be it for planting purposes or transforming into the latest shabby-chic hideaway at the end of the garden, Atlas sheds Manchester now has a selection of high quality sheds in their autumn shed sale. For further information or to take a look at their range online call 0151 546 7378 or visit the website

Your September Gardening Tips

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During this late summer month your garden will be reaping the rewards for one of the hottest summers on record. Whilst the fruits of your labour are present it is now the best time to begin preparing for the harsher winter months and preparing for next spring. It is vital to make the most of the warmth in the next few months.

While the soil is still warm, planting and transplanting is a good use of time, the current warmth means that before the evening’s draw in and the coolness of winter approaches plants are able to settle their roots and give your garden a fresh face of colour before the first frost.

Its also time to gather those remaining bulbs you may have in your sheds and have them planted, so that in spring they might thrive and flower. The late autumn give the bulbs time to germinate and store energy for that spring bloom.

There are plenty of smaller jobs to be organising too;

• Plants that are sensitive to frost should be covered in the coming weeks to avoid permanent frost damage and the undoing of the growth they’ve made over the summer period.

• Summer bulbs should be dug up and stored in airy containers.

• Place potted plants either indoors, inside your sheds or in a sheltered position.

• Replace or empty any watering devices that might be damaged by frozen water. Including water pumps for your ponds, which can be replaced by anti ice pumps.

Atlas Sheds Liverpool can provide storage for your gardening needs, a range of fantastic storage arrangements available in the northwest.

How to prepare your garden for autumn

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September in many respects is one of the most important months of the year for many keen gardeners around the UK. The summer season is drawing to an end and it is time to start planning ahead for the longer nights, colder wetter weather and winter frosts beginning to bite the ground.

Here are our 10 tips for preparing your garden for autumn – you can also check out our twitter feed for DIY and lifestyle ideas.

1. Dig up those annual flowers – quick and easy to grow, it may seem counter-productive to uproot up these plants that looked so good during the spring and summer months, but it needs to be done.
2. Add fertiliser to your lawn – why would you add fertiliser to your lawn? You can give nature a helping hand by adding a good quality lawn fertiliser before your garden faces the autumn / winter season.
3. Cover your garden’s pond – this will reduce the amount of clearing work you’ll have when spring comes around. By covering your pond with a net you’re preventing the majority of autumn’s falling leaves from polluting the water.
4. Cut your garden’s perennials – perennials will grow and survive almost all-year round. Surviving ground frost and growing like it’s nobody’s business. Dispose of all of the cuttings to prevent further growth in other areas of your garden.
5. De-weed your garden – weeds are a pain for most gardeners in the UK and if you don’t get them under control prior to the beginning of winter you could face a massive de-weeding job on your hands come springtime.
6. Cover your garden furniture and store your tools – it’s important to keep your tools in a safe, dry and secure place all year round anyway, but never more so in winter when the wet and cold weather can cause rusting and general deterioration to your, no doubt, expensive gardening gear.
7. Sow cover crops into your soil – a cover crop is essentially used to manage and hopefully reduce the amount of soil erosion, its quality, fertility, diseases and other negative problems your garden may experience during harsh winters.
8. Protect young trees and plants – just like us, young trees need plenty of attention and protection as they grow. This is particularly true during the winter months when the weather takes a turn for the worse. Start off by getting a few rolls of tree-guarding wraps to protect the trunks.
9. Organic compost & mulching – give your garden beds a few inches of compost all over and finish off the process by adding a later of mulch. This effective strategy ensures your lot is given appropriate protection from rodents in addition to plenty of nutrients.
10. Keep an eye on those roots – novice gardeners often make the mistake of removing plants completely, including the roots. The preferred method is to cut the plant at the surface, giving the roots the chance to aerate your garden soil.

If you need advice on garden sheds and storage solutions you can contact Atlas sheds Warrington or call us on 0151 5467378.