Turn your shed into a creative space (pt3)

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In this series we’re exploring the potential of our garden retreats, the shed is a place for yourself without distraction. All it takes is a little imagination to make your shed the dream extension just a few meters from your back door.

Library
A quite place is hard to come by, between work and home it can be hard to catch a break. If books are your cornerstone and they’re your escape from day to day life, your own library would be the dream. With some slight renovations and insolation, your wooden shed can become an academia paradise. A few bookcases and a comfy chair is all you need to escape into your books.

Animal house
Winter can be a hard time for pets; your shed can provide a haven where they’re sheltered from the cold and wet winter. You wont have to worry about the house getting covered in mud or fur, and your pets can rule their own roost.

Wood storage
If you have your own log fire, a garden shed provides the perfect dry storage for a winter’s supply of wood. You can be assured that your fuel will keep dry throughout the cold months, helping you to keep your home toasty as the nights draw in.

Guesthouse
Probably the most adventurous and impressive use for your larger than usual shed, would be to create an extra bedroom for your guests. With some renovations and improvements, your shed could be fitted with water, heating and electricity, making an impressive addition to your house. You could even start a B&B!

Don’t hesitate to make use of that extra real estate you have in the garden! We’ve named but a few thing that your current or future shed might be capable of. Atlas Sheds Cheshire can provide a shed for whatever function you fancy. Make your shed a welcome retreat for yourself; make more room for your home and make more out of your garden.

Turn your shed into a creative space (pt2)

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The potential for your garden retreat is practically limitless, it’s yours to own and do with as you please! Take a look at our further suggestions on what that valuable space could be used for!

Potting Shed
Lets not forget about those more traditional uses, between the lawnmowers and bikes we like to make room for our plants. During the winter months you can get those sensitive plants potted and sheltered away from the elements, ready for the coming spring.

Workshop
The shed for many is a place for tinkering, from those the latest DIY projects, to joinery and part time engineering. It’s the perfect space to work on your projects for days, weeks or months. You can be assured that your project will be protected from the elements, and hidden away from curious hands.

Summer House
Wooden summer houses are the perfect, close to home summer retreat. For entertaining guests, or just snoozing the afternoons away, you’ll be able to relax without having to be on the Spanish coastline. With some light furniture overlooking a freshly mowed lawn, you can make your own piece of personal paradise.

Private Gym
Health and fitness is all the rage and its your bad then having your own personal gym might not seem like a bad idea. A great place to keep your weights and maybe install a treadmill, you could even go the whole hog and incorporate a sauna. An all-inclusive gym without the membership, just meters from your front door.

Don’t hesitate to make use of that extra real estate you have in the garden! Atlas Sheds Liverpool can provide a shed for whatever function you fancy. Make your shed a welcome retreat for yourself; make more room for your home and make more out of your garden.

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.