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You might think, now that the clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in ever more quickly, that this automatically means you can’t spend much time in your garden over the next few months. However, this is far from the case – a shed or a summerhouse will allow you to appreciate the beauty of your garden all through winter. Here Lumberjacks, who supply a range of garden buildings, including affordable wooden sheds from our base in Ipswich, explain how.



A Summerhouse Can be a ‘Winterhouse’ Too

If you already own a summerhouse, it’s easy enough to convert it into something you can fully use all year round. This includes simpler methods such as having plenty of blankets and throws in there to keep it nice and cozy. More long-term ideas for keeping your summerhouse warm include adding patio and wall heaters, as well as roof, wall and floor insulation.

Adapting your summerhouse for winter means you can still use it for things like children’s sleepovers, parties (particularly at Christmas and Halloween) and even a spot of stargazing!

This way you can enjoy your garden in winter too – remember there are plenty of perennials which still flower in the winter – and even if it’s dark you can still enjoy your flowers from a different perspective than your main house with our Ellumiere systems of outdoor lighting which are simple to set up and come with a two-year warranty.


A Shed Helps You Stay Ahead of the Winter Garden Jobs

You should also ensure your garden shed is well insulated and weatherproofed over the winter months as well. This is because you need to protect your tools and equipment, such as your lawn mower, from moisture, as rain and condensation can cause rust or affect mechanical parts. Rising rot from the ground and water penetration from the roof and walls are the biggest perils wooden sheds can face, so you should ensure that your shed is well guarded against these factors.

There are still plenty of garden jobs that need doing over the winter months as well. The Royal Horticultural Society says over the next few weeks you should be thinking of giving your rose bushes a final prune, raking away any fallen leaves and planting out your winter bedding and spring bulbs.

To keep on top of all of these you’ll need a fully functional garden shed (and a good deal of hard work) – but it will certainly extend the life of your garden and make sure you get a good start when it comes to next year’s growing season.

If you have the room, you can also use your shed as a viewing point for the rest of the garden, if you add a few creature comforts such as a comfortable chair and a couple of cushions.


Garden Buildings in Ipswich from Lumberjacks

At Lumberjacks we stock a range of affordable garden sheds and summerhouses.

Our wide range includes Apex and Pent sheds – for more information about the differences between the two, check out our previous blog post here. We also offer corner and potting sheds, adaptable sheds and workshops and heavy duty buildings, so you should find something there which meets all your needs.

They don’t all need to be wooden either – we also have a range of metal and plastic sheds and storage facilities if you are after something purely functional to store your tools and gardening equipment.

Our full list of summerhouses can be found here. Along with a choice between Apex and Pent-style roofs, there are also a variety of other features to choose from including different window styles, verandas and door sizes.

If you’d like to know more, feel free to call us on 01473 461394 or click on this link and fill in the online form.