Feedback: Good, well made product, which I am very happy with. I am very happy with the shed - the corrugated roof will last well and its a great choice.
Response: Thanks for your valuable notes on your Platinum 8x6 Junior garden shed which we delivered to Rayleigh recently. I'm pleased that we arrived on time and did an efficient job for you. The Onduline roof is particularly good on our building as this goes on top of batons which are affixed onto a proper T& G roof. UNLIKE many of our competitors who only put this on top of OSB boards which is not good in the long run. Regards, Robin.
Spring is the time of year when we look forward to opening the garden shed up and delight (??) in getting the garden tools, the lawnmower and other garden tools ready for the warmer days coming. As well as that the garden table and chairs are also given a once over ready for those lovely barbecues which hopefully won't be far away. It's the time of year for optimism, normally, as we have a long time before winter come around and the garden shed is left to its own devices again.
The joys of spring are the green shoots on the plants, the greenness coming to the lawn, although the water shortage and hose pipe ban won't help this. What you can do is to utilise your garden shed to help collect the little rain we do get. All you need is some gutters and downpipes and a few angles from your local B&Q, Wickes or Home base and then screw these to your garden shed. With the addition of a water barrel, normally situated at the end of the shed or around the back of the garden shed you can collect the rain and then use it for watering your plants or vegetables. A very practical and additional use for the wonderful well loved shed.
The downside of the warmer weather is the return of the flying nasty insects which can include flies, dragon flies, may bugs, ants, ladybirds, bees and wasps. Considering there are nearly a millions different species of insects we probably don't do too bad. Out of these the ones I dislike the most is the wasp which reminds me of a bad tempered traffic warden, or me when Grimsby Town lose, and I can't see their purpose in life. Normally insects are part of the food chain but I can't imagine that anything would want to eat a wasp when they may get stung on the inside.
The garden shed does tend to be home to many nests for these insects so it makes sense to check your shed out to ensure it's free from them. If you do find any in your shed, normally under the eaves or in a dry corner, then I think it's best to get an expert to tackle these nests and remove so your shed is clear for use again. Provided you don't leave it too late in the Spring you can be lucky and have a wasp free shed.
As I say we are reasonably lucky that the insect population is not too bad however over in New Zealand residents were being told to be wary about an explosion of wasps in their garden sheds and their gardens. Norman Kerr, a pest exterminator, said that his company was having trouble keeping up with the demand for garden sheds to be de-wasped as more and more people had been opening up their garden sheds and finding them infected with wasps. Garden compost heaps and leaf matter were also overrun with these insects. At one stage he was receiving 200 calls per day.
>Even worse, Mr Kerr said, was a couple who found their bedroom had been taken over by hundreds of wasps after a large wasp nest in their roof cracked the ceiling. It's bad enough in the garden or the shed but indoors - in your bedroom - that's a truly horrific experience. The reason for this explosion was the mild winter, just like we have had, and that a large number of queen wasps have survived in the dry, cosy garden sheds, and this is one possible reason for this explosion of nasties.
The wasp is, by nature, more aggressive that the bee and has a multi sting capacity that allows it to sting its victim more than once. If stung then a cold compress should be applied to the stings or antihistamine cream or hydrocortisone cream applied to the affected areas and this will help to reduce the swelling and possible pain. Surely this is a good enough reason to ensure that these wasps are evicted from your garden shed before they have an opportunity to expand their numbers.