Posted on November 9, 2018
Through the summer months, our shed doors are open on a regular basis as we complete our constant stream of garden chores – tools, flowerpots, furniture and garden toys move in and out of the space; being used and put away, used and put away again.
As every gardener knows, as Autumn arrives and the garden begins to be packed away, this is the time of year that really tests your Posh Shed. Things that may have spent the past six months outdoors come home to roost, and we’re left questioning how on earth it all fitted in in the first place.
Maybe, you think, it’s time you got yourself a larger shed. The Posh Shed Company’s standard products in the Potting, Contemporary and Gothic styles go up to 10’ by 8’, and there’s no limit to size on the bespoke products. Room for everything!
Even if you’re happy with the size of your Posh Shed there are improvements that can be made easily and effectively; improve the lighting for those dull Autumn evenings by adding a solar panel to the roof or fit a couple of new shelves or hooks to keep all those extra bits you bought this year spick and span.
Some very simple steps can be taken to help prepare a Posh Shed for the prolonged dormant period of winter, when the Great British weather and variable outdoor conditions can take their toll on the condition of garden buildings, even posh ones.
Start with a thorough inspection, look for any signs of wear and tear and work out what repair work might need doing and get it done before it’s far too nasty to get out and do it.
1. Check the roof from both the outside and in. Make sure there are no chipped or slipped tiles, and that the lining doesn’t have and holes that may let water in.
2. Be vigilant for any signs of damp or mould. This will only get worse with the cold weather so gently remove any patches with a diluted bleach solution as soon as they’re spotted.
3. Make sure the drainage, if you have it, is all connected properly, and that any rain water runoff will be directed away from the shed. Avoid a soggy bottom at all costs.
4. Inspect the doors and windows; making sure the wood is in good condition, isn’t damaged, and that the seals are all intact with no gaps. This is also a good time to replace any broken or cracked window panes that you’ve been ignoring! Be sure to give any hinges and latches a good oiling too so you won’t be struggling with a rusty lock when spring comes around.
5. It’s vital to clear any debris, not just from the roof but from all around the shed, and to do this on a regular basis. Excess weight on the roof can cause damage, and a build-up of leaves around the base can cause unwelcome damp and rot, which isn’t nice. If you notice the snow piling up on the roof, take a few minutes to clear it off with a broom or rake. Snow and ice can weigh down the roof of a shed causing problems over time.
6. Take the time to visit your Posh Shed – open the windows and door on fair days to encourage fresh air to flow through. This will reduce the possibility of mould and ensure your Posh Shed doesn’t get too lonely through the winter.