At this time of the year most people are thinking about holidays and finalising their plans for a break away from the normal mundane day to day activities, however, you should make plans for your 12ft x 8 ft summerhouse for while you are away. Try to ensure that provision is made to keep your garden watered whilst you are away, certainly if you have flowers in baskets. Have a general tidy up in the garden to ensure there are no problems on your return.
Take a look at your garden fence and ensure the fence posts are quite stable as you do want any winds blowing them down whilst you are away (it does happen) Your 12×8 building should be checked over to ensure it is secure as most people keep a lot of valuable items in there. Check the lock on the shed door to ensure it works easily. If you don’t have a lock on the shed then now is the time to add one and this is an easy job.
A trip to your local ‘shed’ the name for the large DIY stores such as Wickes, B&Q or Homebase will offer you a good selection of locks to suit any buildings 12ft x 8ft and over. Try to buy a reasonable quality one but more importantly ensure that the lock goes onto a strong fixing. I personally recommend that you should buy a ‘hasp and staple’ onto which you would fix your lock. Try to buy one which folds over itself so when you close it all the screws are covered. If you are not sure what a fold over hasp and staple is then take a look at the 12 x 8 summer house shed at this UK Display site, near Guildford or Farnham Surrey.
On your return home fix this 12×8 pad bolt to your summerhouse and always use the lock. Another area to consider is to use security screws on the door hinges as these can often be unscrewed making the use of a strong lock pointless. Again you can buy these at your local DIY Shed and after only a few minutes work can make your summer building a lot more secure.
If your building has windows then the simple act of putting curtains or blinds up will stop anyone looking in and being tempted. Alternately even newspaper over the windows will suffice. I did this to my 12×8 summer building before I went on holiday and this gave me some extra piece of mind. Check your gate to the garden and ensure this is locked as well before your leave for your summer break.
In the garden itself try to prune any rambling or climbing roses and ensure that the amount pruned is no more that than the remaining size of the plant. Any raspberry canes, if they have fruited, should be removed and new ones added and supported. To help tomatoes remove any small shoots so that the main part of the plant can thrive.
Where ever possible tie up any flowers to give them extra support whilst you are away. Use a trimmer on your bushes and shrubs to help if the weather get a little breezy. And just before you go try to cut your lawn as it will grow like ‘billy ho’ over two weeks summer holiday unless the weather is very hot and dry like it can be.
By following these simple guidelines you can ensure that your holiday can be relaxing, as it should be. Your garden tools etc will be safe in your 12ft x 8ft summerhouse and your plants, shrubs and garden will have the best opportunity to survive.
Take a look at our 12ft x 8ft Diamond summerbuildings as well as the 12ft x 8ft Platinum summer rooms.