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How to pick the right shed for your gardening needs
by M. Huzaifa
February 12, 2018



Getting the plants in your garden to grow healthy and strong isn’t enough. It is also important that your entire garden is a well put together ecosystem where everything has its place.


A garden with vegetation that’s doing well but littered with equipment and gardening tools doesn’t really tell a good story. In an ideal garden, everything must have its place and one way to make sure everything you use on your small farm is properly stored and maintained is to have a garden shed.

The right shed, when installed in your garden, will provide you a place to securely store and easily access tools, fertiliser, seedlings, and other items. But the benefits of a garden shed can only be truly enjoyed if you’ve made the perfect choice.

It’s not a one size fit all approach, so what should you consider when deciding on what’s the right shade for your equipment and garden tools? You’ll need to think about:

  1. What size of shed best suits your needs?
    Typically, you can find a small garden shed with a size of about 3 by 7 feet. This is likely just enough space to store your garden equipment and that’s all. But will such a limited space be enough to satisfy your gardening needs?
     
    If the answer is no, then you need to consider going for a garden shed that’ll provide you both sufficient storage space, as well as adequate room to move around and get work done conveniently inside the shed.
    There are medium sized sheds with a size of 10-by-10 feet and far larger ones which can be as large as 20-to-40 feet. It all depends on how much space you need and how much property space you can spare for a shed.
     
  2. Price vs. Quality
    As with most things in life, the cheaper an item is, the lesser its quality usually is. But don’t let the price be the only factor you weigh up when picking a garden shed.

    On the other hand, opting for a cheap garden shed might initially seem like a great idea, but you might not enjoy using it for more than a year before it falls apart. According to experts at Sheds n Homes, “…sheds made of more durable materials naturally cost more but this added expense is definitely worth it if you want to enjoy your shed for years with little to no hassle…”
     
  3. What features will the shed have?

    Depending on the style of the shed and your gardening activities, you might need certain features that’ll facilitate your use of the shed. Examples include ramps which can make it easier to wheel things in and out of the shed, or shelves for better organisation and storage. By first thinking about your long term goals for the shed, you can best determine what accessories are needed.
     
  4. Will the garden shed’s design complement rest of the property?

    While the functionality of your garden shed is important, it is also important that its design is not so out of place that it sticks out like a sore thumb from the rest of your premises. Therefore, make sure your choice of garden shed fits well with the aesthetics of the rest of your property.
     
  5. Choice of garden shed’s siding material

    The traditional garden shed is typically built from natural wood. The wood siding option can be attractive, but the downside is that it’s not very resilient against weather elements. Damp and rain can cause the siding to rot in time if the wood is not properly maintained. While wood options like cedar are more durable, the fact remains that wood is a more tedious siding to maintain.

    If you want a shed which siding will require little or no maintenance, opt for vinyl. While it isn’t as attractive as wood, Vinyl is certainly more durable. But keep in mind that eventually its beauty can be ruined or damaged by mould especially if it is not cleaned periodically.

    Aluminium siding is also a good option as it’s a metal that can stay rust-free and is more durable than wood.

    In the final analysis, don’t just think about the aesthetic value of a siding option but its durability and maintenance needs as well before settling on a choice.
     
  6. Are there any zoning codes concerning sheds in your area?

    Some areas require that a permit be sought before a shed can be set up. Some other zoning codes might limit what size of a shed you are permitted to have. To guarantee that your shed doesn’t pose any legal infractions, it is best to verify what your zoning laws say about it.
     
  7. Do you want to install it yourself or have an expert do it?

    You can easily buy a garden shed which you can put together yourself by simply following the instructions in the assembly manual.

    But if you aren’t very handy or don’t have the time, you could always have an expert deliver and install your garden shed according to specifications. While a garden shed installed by a hired expert might cost more, it also offers you assurances concerning quality of the installation.
     
  8. Accessories

    Depending on your tastes, you can have some accessories added to a shed to give it a distinct character as well as a personal touch. Examples include weathervanes, window boxes, shutters, and so on. You could also add more functional accessories such as security accessories to keep the shed and its contents secure.

On a final note

Once a shed is installed, it is something you’ll have to live with for a long time unless you choose to tear it down. To be certain there are no regrets after installation, carefully consider the highlighted points in this article and use them as guide.
 

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