How to prepare your garden for a shed and base

Purchasing a new shed and erecting it in your garden might seem like a pretty simple task, but if you’re to avoid disaster, there’s a lot more to it than that. We’re not saying it’s going to be difficult or costly, but effective preparation is essential if you want your shed to remain for years to come while your garden flourishes around it.

Where should you place, your garden shed?

It might seem obvious, but the positioning of your shed is important as the ground that will lie beneath the structure needs to be carefully analysed.

Sheds and shed bases need to be constructed on level ground which means, if you don’t already have one, choosing a spot that can be levelled easily. Avoid steep slopes, tree trunks and rocky areas – the more level and free from debris and obstacles the space is to begin with, the easier the whole process.

What would be the best shed base?

So what makes a good shed base? Well, perhaps the easier question is what makes a bad one, because trust us, there are a lot…

Garden paving slabs laid to support each corner of the shed is not a suitable base because it’s simply not stable. Your newly installed shed base needs to support the whole footprint of your shed if it is going to last. An unstable base can cause your shed to warp which can weaken the wood, break the windows and cause it to lose shape or, in the worst case, collapse.

Rubble is another unsuitable shed base as it’s neither level nor stable. All rubble, rocks, piles of leaves and other garden debris need to be cleared before beginning the construction of your shed base.

Many people think that if the ground is flat, the shed will be fine to stand alone. This is not the case. Gravel, dirt and turf are inappropriate as a shed base. Not only can they all result in warping and subsidence, but you’re also likely to develop damp within the shed itself.

Okay, so a good shed base?

Although not traditional, one of the best materials for a sturdy shed base is plastic. Our plastic shed base panels are made here in the UK from recycled plastic, which too is sourced in the UK. The composition and structure means they’re much stronger than your traditional shed base while also being waterproof, resistant to most chemicals and extremely cost-effective.

Not only is a plastic shed base one of the cheapest options available, it’s also extremely eco-friendly and it won’t rust or rot like metal or wood alternatives might.

A plastic shed base will protect the bottom of the shed also, preventing it from succumbing to damp or rot as it maintains a constant air flow beneath the shed and allows the effective, natural drainage of surface water.

Finally, plastic shed bases are extremely simple and easy to install. Thanks to their lightweight nature and interlocking slot and peg connectors found on the edge of each panel, panels can be fitted together in seconds, with one person being able to lay up to 100m² in just an hour.

What’s more, this means you save money on costly installation teams offered by many companies. For more information on our plastic shed bases and shed base kits, click here.

So how do you prepare the ground?

Once you’ve decided on a position and chosen your base, it’s time to get to work on the ground levelling. Trees, shrubs, leaves, weeds, rocks and rubble all need to be removed and prevented from imposing on the space.

As soon as the area is clear it’ll need to be levelled, if you’re unsure on what to do then look at this handy guide to ground levelling.

Position and Practicality

If you’re likely to be using your shed for something other than storage, maybe a playroom for the kids, home office, or den, then you’ll need to consider the positioning of the mains lines and whether you’ll be able to get electricity and running water to the shed.

Please be mindful though, that any work carried out on your electricity should only be carried out by a certified and competent electrician and it is not a DIY job.

Maintenance

Finally, maintenance is an important thing to consider before installing a new shed and base because it’s something that’s required regardless of your shed’s material.

To ensure any repairs or maintenance procedures are as easy as possible, all sides of your shed should be accessible. If possible, try to avoid building your shed close to overhanging trees, shrubs or plants that will needed to be tended to regularly themselves.

Placing your shed close to these obstacles will not only make access to the plants difficult but could also cause damage to your shed as overgrown bushes and overhanging branches often damage roofs and windows.

If you’d like to find out whether our plastic shed bases and whether they’re suitable for your shed, get in touch with our friendly and helpful team for more information.

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