When you feel ill you often know how to make yourself feel better. Simple steps can be taken to reduce your symptoms. By the same logic, knowing what the damage in your garden is, will tell us when and how, to sort it out.
In this post, I will be outlining damage that can occur in the garden and how to solve these minor garden problems.
1. Damaged Greenhouses
Greenhouses often suffer from the harsh effects of strong winds, rain, snow and storms.
How to solve this problem
Since our enemy here is often mother nature, we can only do so much! When constructing your greenhouse, the best start is to look at your space and position it in the area where it is most shielded from the wind. If at all possible, also shelter it against tall hedging or fences although take care of overhanging trees as these can cause immediate damage in tricky weather.
When your greenhouse is in the process of construction, invest in quality and best materials that you can afford. This will save you money in repairs in the long run. Also, know that glass held just by clips is very prone to getting blown out by winds; hence, adding silicone sealant to the clips is recommended.
Ensure your greenhouse is tied down to the floor as safely as can be. On the off chance that your greenhouse is on a solid concrete base; bore and screw it down with Rawl fittings and 2″ to 10” screws utilizing a 7mm mallet-boring apparatus.
If you know that heavy winds are coming, secure your greenhouse immediately. Close windows, doors, etc. After the winds have passed, check the fittings, clips, hinges, glass, and the sturdiness of the structure. Arrange anything that has been rocked and return anything that has been moved.
Basically, the idea is to be proactive when it comes to protecting your greenhouse as they can be very expensive to repair! If a storm does hit or you find a tree limb falls on your greenhouse (as happened to mine!) then you may have to take it down completely. A skip or grab truck waste removal is an option that is there for you.
2. Rotten Raised Beds
Raised garden beds are an incredibly popular feature in gardens, especially to use for organic gardening and growing your own.
When constructing raised garden beds, wood is the most common material people use. As we all know, the possibility of it rotting over time is high as it is constantly receiving moisture, especially in the U.K.
Check up on the stakes, corner posts, and sideboards from time to time. If you notice any rot, they will need replacing. Do this immediately if possible. I painted my raised bed this summer with a coloured, waterproof outdoor paint for extra protection. You can see the colour I chose in the photo at the beginning of this post. This seems to do the trick and will enable your raised beds to last for a little longer!
3. Damaged Wood Deck
If not carefully maintained throughout the seasons, your wooden deck will gradually lose its quality. It will be best to learn how to repair damaged deck boards incase any problems do appear.
It is imperative to keep moisture away from the crevices of your deck. With this, a deck sealant is essential and needs to be applied every few years if possible. Believe it or not, I used to vacuum my deck in my previous home and then seal it with a deck varnish. I did this every year and it looked like new each time I did it!
In the event that you were not able to apply the sealant on time and a board or two has begun to decay or rot, know that it will be much better to remove those boards immediately. If you consider yourself a handyman or woman, this should be a relatively straightforward task for you. If not, then it would be better to phone the professionals. If you choose to do it yourself, you will need a few tools. Here’s my advice;
The Do-It-Yourself way to repair a damaged deck
- Isolate rotten boards
Since they are painfully obvious to spot, this shouldn’t be too hard. If you’re not satisfied with what you see, you can use your bodyweight to “test” suspicious boards.
In the event that it clasps, squeaks, or you observe the wood yielding to the heaviness of your boot, then that is a clear indicator that the wooden board is not in excellent condition anymore and needs replacing. However, you might not need to replace the entire length of it.
When you’re confident you have checked each one and are finished with the weight test, you should measure the length of each area that requires replacing and make a note. This will ensure that you know exactly how much decking board to buy hopefully saving you some money in the long run!
Make sure you remove the damaged sections or planks cleanly so that you retain as much as the original deck as possible. Once done, you may throw out the removed boards or, it might also be helpful to you to use them as a guide when measuring for the replacements.
- Acquiring replacements
When purchasing from DIY stores or garden centres, wood sealant is usually already applied. It is vital to check this prior to installation because, as stated before, it is essential that deck boards are sealed. If the store you purchased the boards from did not apply it beforehand, make sure you do so. It may be easier to do this before screwing it down into position.
Once done, observe the rest of the deck to see if it has used nails or screws. Use the exact same material that is already in the undamaged pieces. Completely secure one end before moving to the other.
I hope these pointers were useful! Damage in the garden doesn’t have to be tricky to sort out. Small jobs can be solved relatively quickly. Any larger jobs or, if you are unsure, ring for the professional.
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