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Garden Shed Maintenance – A Simple Guide

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This is a sponsored post, written by York Timber Products – one of the UK’s leading supplier of garden sheds and outdoor buildings for the home.

Your garden shed may be a place to keep your garden tools and children’s toys or it may be a place for leisure activities, but whichever purpose you assign to it the key to a garden building’s longevity lies in regular maintenance.  The simple act of spending a little time and care together with making repairs as and when they arise, will keep your shed looking its best for as long as possible. With this in mind we have put together a few maintenance task ideas.

Careful Siting

The way to keep any garden structure at its best is to start by positioning it properly.  This means making sure it sits on a solid, level base, usually concrete, which not only keeps the base of the shed away from rising moisture but also ensures everything fits together cleanly without stressing the structure.  Periodically check that the base is still level as any movement here can lead to twisting of the joints or doors dropping out of kilter.  The shed should preferably be situated in a place where it is not overhung with plant material and is not at risk of having plants growing up it – ivy, for example is one plant which can damage the wood by clinging to it and can even penetrate inside buildings.  Be wary also of overhanging tree branches which could wear or penetrate the roofing material and cause water to leak into the shed.  If necessary, keep all overhanging vegetation trimmed back away from the shed.

Seal the Windows

This is another job which, when done as soon as the shed is erected, will pay dividends in years to come.  The most common sealant is a silicone application but timber beading is also sometimes used.  Whatever you apply must be fully waterproof.  Then just check once or twice a year that the seal is still viable and if it looks like it is deteriorating strip the old sealer off and replace as soon as possible.

Treat the Whole Structure

Your new shed will come ready treated with a basic coating of water-resistant stain.  It is a good idea to add another layer of treatment as soon as possible after installation then you’ll need to re-apply the treatment once a year to give optimum protection and waterproofing.  Make sure you brush every part of the wood inside and out at first application, thereafter in most years you should only need to do the outside.  If your shed is painted make sure you apply a fresh coat of paint every year and choose one which is weatherproof and especially suitable for outdoor buildings.

Check the Roofing Felt

Every so often it is a good idea to have a look at the roofing felt.  Make sure the edges are still firmly attached and that there is no puckering or rolling up. Make sure there are no creases or tears in the felt as this will let in rainwater.  If the felt is torn or damaged it is recommended that you replace it as soon as possible with a good quality, heavy-duty mineral felt.  This can be purchased online or from most DIY stores.

Pay Attention to Locks and Hinges

It is easy to overlook the importance of keeping all metal hinges and lock mechanisms in good order and the first sign of any problem is when you find the door starting to hang off or not close properly.  A simple application of suitable lubricating oil once a year will ensure continued trouble-free use.

Taking a little time once a year to look after your shed will ensure a long life of enjoyable use, especially if you choose a quality shed from the get-go.

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How To Revive Tired Bees

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We’re big fans of bees at Moral Fibres – see how you can plant a bee friendly garden or, if you don’t have a garden, how you can help the bees in other ways.

However, it’s all well and good when the bees are buzzing around, doing their thing, but have you ever seen a tired, struggling or apparently dying or dead bee in your home or garden?  When I’ve seen bees like this I’ve always assumed that they were dying or dead (ever the optimist!), but the other day my other half told me they’re not dying, just tired, and that you can actually revive these bees quickly and easily using only sugar and water.

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It’s true, a simple solution of sugar and water helps revive exhausted bees.  To create this energy drink for bees to revive tired bees, The RSPB suggest mixing two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water, and placing the mix on a plate or spoon.  Do not add any more water otherwise the bee could drown.   Place the bee on the plate or spoon, where it will have a little drink, hopefully helping it to gather the energy to fly back to it’s hive.

You can also add the same quantity of water and sugar to a small container, such as an egg cup, and leave it amongst a patch of flowers in your garden or window box, so that bees can have a drink on the go before they get to the exhaustion stage.

Don’t be tempted to offer tired bees honey – in most cases the honey isn’t suitable as a lot of honey is imported and may not always be right for native British bees.  And only ever offer white granulated sugar – never offer demerara, or any artificial or diet sweeteners.

Thankfully I haven’t seen any tired bees since learning this useful tip to try it out, however knowing some very basic “thirst aid” (!) for bees can go a long way in helping out the bees rebuild their population sizes.

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