Tips for buying a shed

Do buy a shed from a reputable company or manufacturer. Although it is likely to be more expensive, consider buying a shed constructed from higher quality timber – red wood pine will last longer than white wood spruce. Make sure you construct your shed on a solid, level base and use strong tongue and groove boards for the floor. For windows, you may want to consider joinery-made frames and toughened glass. Joinery frames are less likely to leak and toughened glass is an added safety option, especially if you have young children around. A good shed will have the option of a door opening to the left or right. Do fit strong, stainless steel hinges which are less likely to rust. If you are considering storing large objects inside your shed, then you may need to fit double doors. Opt for a strong tongue and groove roof and make sure you cover it in heavy duty felt. Once erected, treat the wood with a preservative to prevent fungi and mould growing. You can then paint it in the colour of your choice. Finally, if you are storing valuable gardening equipment or tools in your shed then you will want to fit with good quality locks.

Electric Garage Doors – Ensure Home Safety

Are you fed up with having to escape from your automobile only to close or open the garage door? Are you tired of having to close or open the garage door for somebody else? Well, in either case, the solution for you might be garage door openers. These are generally motorised devices that are attached to the garage door and close and open it with just a push of a button. It will save some time, a fair bit of work, as well as a lot of trouble for you. These could make going out as well as returning home so much softer and more comfortable.

That is not to state that you can just mount an electric garage door in the home. It is possible to install them in your office garage, or maybe have these types of automatic marvels in a commercial setting. They will reduce times waiting for individuals to open the doors, as well as enhance efficiency.
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Jobs to do in the garden in April

There’s plenty to do around the garden this time of year, especially if it has been neglected a little over the cold, winter months.

Make sure you mow your lawn with the mower blades set at a medium height. Sow seeds wherever you have any bare patches. Apply a fertiliser to established lawns and then follow this up by using a selective weedkiller a couple of weeks later.

Prune lavender and forsythia.

Apply a mulch to roses and a weedkiller if necessary.

Remove any faded blooms from rhododendron bushes and mulch with peat or garden compost.

Support taller perennials with bamboo sticks or some other support. Plant dahlia tubers and harden off chrysanthemum cuttings. Feed carnations and pinks with general fertiliser.

Finish sowing hardy and half-hardy annuals. Move seedlings from earlier sowings to a cold frame.

Dead-head early spring bulbs which have finished flowering and plant gladioli bulbs and acidantheras. Support lilies as buds start to form.

If you have a pond, then now is the time to plant water lilies and other pond plants. Overgrown lilies can be lifted and divided.

Looking after your lawn

You may think that having a lawn means that you will need to do very little maintenance and that your lawn will mostly “look after itself”. Of course, this is not strictly true, but working on your lawn little and regularly will reap benefits later.

You will need to mow your lawn regularly in spring, summer and even early autumn and, this may occur as often as once a week or fortnight, depending on weather conditions.

During the spring, tidy up your lawn edges with a half-moon shaped edging tool. If you have a curved lawn edge, you could use a length of hose or thick rope as a guide.

In order to keep your grass looking lush and green, you will need to apply fertiliser at least twice a year – once in the spring and once in autumn. If you have a small lawn, you could spread out the fertiliser granules by hand but larger lawns may need the use of a lawn spreader. Make sure you do this on a dry day after it has rained a day or two before. You don’t want to do it when the earth is bone dry.

If your lawn is plagued with weeds then you may want to use a combined feed and weed product which will encourage good plant growth, at the same time as getting rid of weeds at the root. Ideally, you should use weedkillers in the spring, before weeds start flowering and then spreading their seeds. If you have the odd dandelion or thistle growing in your grass, then you may find it just as easy to dig it out and pull it up from the root.

Looking after your pond during the Winter months

On days when the mercury dips below zero, it is inevitable that the water in your pond will freeze over. If your pond is stocked with fish, then it is important that you do not just smash the ice on the surface as the shock waves may kill your fish. One idea is to place a hot pan full of hot water on the ice, to slowly melt away the ice. Alternatively, you could install a pond heater or a water feature which should prevent the water freezing over. Floating a ball on the surface of your pond will help to prevent ice forming or will at least slow down the process during very cold, prolonged spells.

A pump will improve the oxygen levels of the water which is important if your pond is stocked with fish or is home to amphibians. Make sure that your pond receives enough light by cutting back any overhanging branches from surrounding bushes and trees. Plants need light to photosynthesise and grow and this will also include the plants growing in and around your pond. Cutting back overhanging branches should also ensure that not too many leaves will fall onto the water. An abundance of leaves will settle on the bottom and will cause your pond to silt up.