Outdoor storage sheds are an essential accessory for today’s homes. Whether you wish to store yard tools, gardening supplies, or pool chemicals, outdoor storage sheds (also known as garden sheds) provide additional space for your outdoor equipment, making it much easier to access and freeing up your garage for vehicles, bicycles, and the spare refrigerator.
Traditionally, though, outdoor storage sheds and garden sheds have been made of metal, vinyl, or plastic, and they are often less than attractive. As a result, sheds tend to be tucked away in some dark and hidden corner of the yard, away from direct view. Wood sheds, on the other hand, specifically cedar wood sheds, bring a natural and beautiful appearance to the backyard. Thanks to the durability and versatility that cedar wood sheds and garden sheds offer, using the shed for more than just storage is an attractive option for creative home owners.
Why cedar? Cedar is an all-weather wood that can withstand decades of harsh weather conditions, including icy winters, wet springs, and hot, sunny summers. It can be stained or painted to complement your existing home decor, and it is naturally resistant to mildew, rot, and insects, making it virtually worry-free. As an added bonus, cedar looks beautiful and smells fantastic. Because of these benefits, cedar is a natural choice for outdoor storage sheds.
If you’re an avid gardener, I’m willing to bet that you have at least one item on your New Year’s resolutions list related to your gardening plans for the upcoming season. Whether it’s on your list of resolutions or not, most gardeners I know have one particular item toward the top of their gardening to-do list each year. Better organization.
Keeping garden tools, supplies, seeds, soils, and other gear conveniently located and easy to access is a tall order when existing storage spaces are already brimming with household tools, sports gear, and other non-garden related items. Creating one special area dedicated to gardening supplies can be a challenge, so one solution is to add more storage.
Cedar storage sheds make a useful addition in any backyard. Unlike standard plastic, resin, or metal sheds, cedar storage sheds are beautiful and natural and never need to be hidden in a remote corner of a yard to avoid being an eye-sore. Cedar sheds maintain their good looks for years, and they offer an aromatic place to store all of your gardening gear and supplies.
With so many sizes and configurations available, every gardener — from the novice to the expert — can find a cedar storage shed that meets every gardening storage need.
Firewood Pile is a Mess
In some parts of the country, it’s not too early to start thinking about firewood. Storing your seasoned firewood properly is an important consideration, and there are any number of options available. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when deciding how and where to store your seasoned firewood.
Convenience and Insect Deterrence
Seasoned firewood that you plan to use for the upcoming winter should be easy to access, but storing logs against an outside wall of your home is not recommended. Firewood can attract insects, and if logs are stored next to the house, pests can enter your home or cause damage to your home’s exterior. Some of the best, most convenient places to keep seasoned firewood are next to a fence or next to the shed or other outdoor storage building. If you suspect that your firewood may be crawling with critters, do not give into the temptation to spray the firewood with pesticides because burning these logs will create harmful toxic vapors.
Protection From Moisture
So that your firewood burns efficiently, it should stay dry while outdoors. If there is enough room available inside your outdoor shed or storage building, then firewood can be stored easily there. Alternatively, a simple tarp can be used to cover your firewood to prevent it from taking in moisture from rain or snow. Tarps are inexpensive and can be tied down easily to prevent them from blowing away. If your stack of firewood is stored in a place on your property that is not visible to passersby, then choosing to cover the stack with a tarp will not negatively affect your home’s “curb appeal.”
Elevation and Air Circulation
If stored directly on the ground, firewood can soak up moisture and attract insects. Storing your firewood in a sturdy Firewood Rack will keep your logs elevated, promote air circulation, and deter pests and wood rot. A Firewood Rack can be hand made from wood, but a rugged tubular steel-framed Firewood Rack is rot-proof and rust-proof, easy to assemble, and comes in multiple sizes, so you should be able to find one that fits the space in which you plan to store your firewood.
Properly storing your seasoned firewood will ensure that you have easy access to it when it’s needed without also sending an invitation to pests to invade your home. Proper storage will also keep your firewood dry while at the same time encouraging air circulation. By following these simple tips, you will be sure to enjoy long-burning, low emission fires throughout the winter season.
Why choose a cedar garden shed over a metal or plastic shed? Cedar is an all-weather wood that can withstand decades of harsh weather conditions, including icy winters, wet springs, and hot, sunny summers. It can be stained or painted to complement your existing home decor, and it is naturally resistant to mildew, rot, and insects, making it virtually worry-free. As an added bonus, cedar looks beautiful and smells fantastic. Because of these benefits, cedar is a natural choice for outdoor storage sheds.
Additionally, cedar garden sheds are available with a variety of attractive and helpful features you can’t usually find in the more generic metal or plastic varieties:
- Functional windows: Fresh air can easily circulate throughout garden sheds, keeping the interior space comfortable;
- Window boxes: Filled with colorful flowers and plants, window boxes enhance the exterior beauty of garden sheds;
- Dutch doors: Close the bottom half of the door and open on the top for additional air and light;
- Double doors: Storing large or awkward pieces of equipment is much easier;
- Decorative door hinges and hardware: Dress up the appearance of garden sheds even further;
- Porches: Turn the entrance of garden sheds into a welcoming spot to relax or share a conversation;
- Greenhouse windows: Create gardens inside the garden shed.
Cedar garden sheds offer so many possibilities that metal or plastic sheds simply cannot. Cedar brings natural beauty and durability to outdoor storage sheds, allowing them to become an attractive focal point in your backyard rather than an eyesore to be hidden from view.
Whether you’re new to gardening or have been toiling in the soil for years, you rely on garden tools that are in good working condition. Poorly maintained garden tools don’t last long and most likely make gardening chores more of a chore.
The best way to make sure your tools work well for you over the long haul is to give them a little TLC after each use. Time consuming? No way. In fact, here are four quick and easy ways to keep your tools in top shape during the gardening season:
- Ditch the Dirt — Remove any dirt from tools after each use. Fresh dirt will usually come off quickly and easily when tools are rinsed with a hose or dipped in a bucket of water. Tough dirt can be rubbed off with some water and a wet rag. If left to dry, caked-on dirt is harder to remove and makes digging tasks more challenging the next time the tools are needed.
- Repel Rust and Rot — Dry off wet tools before putting them away. Wooden handles can rot and metal parts can rust when water is left sitting on garden tools. Keep a clean rag or towel handy for this purpose.
- Ship-Shape Shears — Rub the cutting blades of pruning shears and loppers with a dab of oil on an old rag before hanging them up for the night. This will clean off any debris and keep them working smoothly.
- Stow Your Stuff — Give your garden tools some shelter to protect them from exposure to weather and to keep them out of reach of children and animals. A storage shed dedicated to gardening tools and supplies is a handy addition in any yard. Using storage sheds for gardening gear frees up space in the garage and ensures that your tools and supplies are protected.
A little daily maintenance goes a long way toward keeping garden tools in good working shape throughout the heaviest months of gardening. Keep the necessary cleaning gear close to where you store your tools. Doing so will make it that much easier to care for your tools before putting them away.