Getting Your Garden Ready for the New Shed
How to Prepare Your Garden For Your New Wooden Shed
STEP ONE: Clear the Space
This includes rocks, bricks, lumber piles, as well as old plant foliage. All of these things should be cleared away to prevent injury and ensure proper function of your new shed.
If you have trees on the property, you might need to have them inspected by a professional arborist before beginning construction on a shed in close proximity to their trunks.
STEP TWO: Remove all overgrowth and weeds.
The best way to do this is to use a leaf blower or weed whacker. This will ensure that the soil around your shed does not have any rocks or other debris mixed in with it when you begin laying down your foundation.
Trim back any branches near where you will be placing your new shed structure so they don't poke through walls or provide support for climbing animals/people.
It is very important that you prune all trees on the property before beginning construction of your new shed. Ensure that there are no limbs within 6' 6" of the top of the proposed shed roof or within 9' 6" of ground level--any closer and they can provide support for climbing animals or kids, which could result in injury.
Again, prune any branches that may poke through walls of the shed or come too close to windows and skylights.
This will prevent damage to the shed and injury. Be sure to take proper safety precautions when using a ladder or any other method of climbing while pruning trees--never climb without the use of a harness, rope, etc., and never attempt to cut through heavy branches while balancing on a branch near your home's roof.
On top of ensuring that there are no overhanging tree limbs that could be potential hazards, you need to remove all growth from around the shed for proper drainage and function.
Most importantly, plant roots from nearby trees can burrow under a building's foundations due to their extensive root systems.
Once they have done so, it is very difficult for them to be removed without compromising the structural integrity of the building itself. Keep in mind that you will need to remove any rocks, branches, old plant foliage, etc., in the area before beginning construction on your new shed.
What are growth roots?
Growth roots are root systems arising from tree stumps or logging remnants left within the soil. They can grow into extensive networks of underground feeder roots that cause problems when they burrow underneath buildings foundations.
The best way to avoid this is to have all unwanted vegetation completely removed from the property before building a new structure. These things can also be ground up and used as mulch around trees on your property--rather than having them rot away somewhere where they could become an issue later on, why not use them in beneficial ways?
Rocks of all shapes and sizes (up to 5" thick) will need to be removed from the ground if laying down a pre-constructed concrete slab.