Turn Your Shed Into A Creative Space (pt1)

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You shouldn’t doubt the potential of your shed, for many it’s a retreat, a quite and private space just enough away from home. Yet these multipurpose structures don’t have to be reserved for tools and lawnmowers. From small wooden sheds to larger sheds and workshops, take a look at some of the ingenious and downright creative uses of sheds we’ve seen.

An Office
The distractions of home make finding a place where you can study, work, write or read hard indeed. The garden shed with a little bit of insulation and home comforts goes a long way to boosting your productivity.

Music Room
It doesn’t take much to soundproof your shed if you like your music loud. Whether it’s the kids practising their instruments, or a Sunday enjoying those old familiar records, you won’t have to worry about disturbing anyone else. Or anyone disturbing you.

The Bar
The dream, install a bar, swap the hedge trimmers for martini glasses, the shovel for spirits, what’s not to love? Add some mood lighting, some comfy furniture, some good tunes, and you’ll never want to leave the shed again! You’ll be able to enjoy and host garden parties without having to worry about the rain!

Games room
While your shed might not be big enough for a pool table, or even table football, there’s plenty of room to play a few rounds of cards, or create a cosy environment to play those family board games.

Teenage Hangout
All it takes is a few comfy chairs and maybe a TV, and you won’t be able to be able to pull your teenagers out of the shed. Probably for the best, the house stays quiet and they get their own space. Don’t be cleaning their mess up though; they might learn a valuable lesson in tidying up!

Make use of that extra real estate you have in the Garden, Atlas Sheds Manchester can provide a shed for whatever function you fancy. Make your shed a welcome retreat for your home and garden.

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.

Shed of the year 2015

Shed of the year 2015

Have you been watching? Following on from programmes such as The Great British Bake Off, Grand Designs and many, many Sarah Beeny led programmes on Channel 4, we now have Shed of the year.

Us Brits seem to have an endless fascination with the garden shed. For some this has turned into a need to customise their sheds to reflect their own personal taste and interests.

Here are some of this years finalists:

Maid Of Dekkin Shedservatory

Shedible

For those of you feeling inspired Atlas sheds liverpool have a wide range of sheds and summerhouses. From your budget range up to high end tantalised summerhouse there is something to suit everyone, customising optional!