Monthly Archives: November 2015

How to Repair a Felt Shed Roof in 3 Steps

It’s that time of year again when the heavens open up and right on cue, you find a leak in your felt shed roof. Water damage can be disastrous for your garden tools and if a leaky roof isn’t repaired, it could lead to costly replacements. If you’ve noticed a leak in your roofing felt, don’t put it off until it’s too late. Repairing your roofing felt is easier than you think, the hardest part is finding a dry afternoon to do it!

 

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Step 1: Remove the Damaged Shed Felt

The first step is to get rid of your old or worn felt. To do this, use your claw hammer to remove the existing nails that are fixing the shed felt in place. Then simply lift the felt off and remove any remaining nails or debris that’s lingering on the shed roofing so you have a clean canvas to work with.

 

Step 2: Cut the Replacement Shed Roofing Felt to Size

For a shed roof that’ll go the distance, the trick is to cut three pieces of felt: one for each side of your shed roof and one to run over the top of the shed and overlap the side panels.

Dig out your measuring tape and measure each side of your shed roof. You can use these dimensions for the top section of felt too. Add approximately 5cm onto your measurements for leeway in case there are any overlapping sections at the eaves, you can trim this off later using a craft knife if it isn’t needed.

Step 3: Add the Replacement Felt

Now it’s time to add the replacement shed felt. Apply it to the roof, making sure you pull it tight before you nail it in place so it lies flat. Hammer in the felt nails 15cm apart along the length of the roof, placing the nails just below the apex. The bottom edge of the felt can be nailed down at wider intervals; spacing you nails approximately 30cm apart will make sure your felt is secure.

When the side panels are secure, add the top section of roofing felt and fix it in place by nailing the side edges 5cm apart to the shed and using a felt adhesive to secure the bottom edge to the side panels.

 

There you have it, a replacement felt shed roof in just 3 easy steps. If you’re replacing the roofing felt on your shed, you can find a fantastic range of shed roofing supplies at great discounts online at eDecks.

How to Extend the Life of Your Plants in Winter

Have you got any hardy blooms that are hanging onto the last of their glory? If you’ve been wishing for a way to extend the life of your late bloomers you’re in luck! We’ve rounded up a list of our best tips for extending the lifespan of your plants during winter.

 

Bring them Inside

If you can, move your potted plants inside and re-pot any remaining plants from your hanging baskets so you can bring them in from the cold. The golden rule when you’re rehoming your plants inside is to place them in a room with windows so they can still get lots of sunlight and, don’t place them too close to any heaters! Too much heat is just as bad as not enough and central heating can quickly dry out your poor plants if you’re not careful.

 

Use a Greenhouse Heater

Most greenhouse gardeners end their growing season once the days get colder and the nights get longer however, some dedicated gardeners refuse to let the seasons dictate when they can use their greenhouses. What’s their secret? They have invested in a greenhouse heater. Add one to your greenhouse to turn it into a tropical paradise for the last of your summer flowers. As an added bonus, you’ll be able to grow your own vegetables for Christmas dinner using a greenhouse heater.

 

Tuck them in at Night

Protect your plants from the frosty autumn nights by using a light covering to keep them warm when the temperatures plummet. If you’re worried about damaging the delicate leaves or petals, use bamboo canes to construct a frame to drape the covering over. Most garden centres stock covers for plants but if you have a spare sheet or a fleece lined blanket lying around the house, you can save some money by using that instead.

 

Prevent Saplings Becoming Lunch

When the winter sets in and it becomes difficult for rodents to find food, the soft bark on your recently planted saplings will begin to look pretty tasty to passing wildlife. Prevent your young trees becoming the dish of the day by constructing a protective guard made from galvanised chicken wire around the base of your saplings. Make sure you install it as close to the young tree as possible and set it deep enough into the ground so it can’t be knocked over by gusts of wind.

 

Build a Cold Box

If you have vegetables that can’t be moved but still aren’t quite past their best, why not build a protective cold box to keep them warm on frosty days? Cold boxes are available from most garden centres but if you’re a dab hand at DIY, it should be no problem to construct your own. Just use planed timber and galvanised nails to construct a box frame and top it off with a lid made from a pane of glass or a sheet of hard, clear plastic.

 

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Bonfire Night Safety Tips for Garden Parties

Remember, remember the 5th of November! Bonfire night is nearly here and we want to make sure your night goes off with a bang. If you’re having a fireworks night party in your garden, follow these simple garden safety tips to make sure you have an unforgettable bonfire night for all the right reasons.

 

Keep Bonfires a Safe Distance from Timber Structures & Trees

When you’re building your bonfire, it’s all about the location. If there any trees with overhanging branches or wooden sheds nearby it’s just asking for trouble! Before you start building your log pile, look around your garden to see if there are any potential fire hazards lurking nearby and make sure you build your bonfire as far away from them as possible.

 

Check for Hedgehogs Hiding in the Bonfire

You see a log pile for a bonfire, hedgehogs see a cosy shelter from the winter weather. If your wood pile has been left outside for a while, check the base to make sure there aren’t any hedgehogs hiding under the timber before your light it.

 

Keep Fireworks a Safe Distance from Building and Trees

You can’t have a bonfire night safety guide without taking about fireworks. If you’re ditching an organised fireworks display to have your own at home, make sure to light them a safe distance away from trees and wooden buildings like sheds so you don’t need to worry about a stray rocket causing havoc!

Remember the age old warning for when you’re using fireworks, never ever go back to it once it’s been lit.

 

Keep Pets indoors

Pets and fireworks don’t mix well. The loud bangs and bright lights can be frightening to animals especially dogs and cats, and the last thing you want is scared pets running around the garden when there’s a bonfire, sparklers and fireworks around! Play it safe by keeping your pets indoors on bonfire night. Your pet will thank you for it.

 

Supervise Children with Sparklers

Kids love playing with bright sparklers on bonfire night but don’t forget that sparklers can cause serious burns if they’re not careful! Keep your kids safe by making sure they wear gloves when handling sparklers. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on your child once it’s been lit to make sure they’re playing with it safely. We recommend talking to your children before giving them sparklers so they understand why they have to be careful with them.

 

The team at eDecks hope your bonfire night goes off with bang! Tell us how you’re planning on spending bonfire night in the comments section below.