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Winter gardening - 5 practical tips


A garden house is mainly used in summer. With the beginning of the cold season you get value and substance by making it winterproof. With these 5 tips the task is done quickly.

In summer, garden houses are often used for cozy barbecues with friends. Many garden owners will find an ideal retreat for the warm season in their little house. Here you can easily unwind and escape the stress of everyday life for a while.

In winter, however, such a garden house is often used as a storage room. Garden chairs, garden tables and garden tools, but also plants are protected from the winter influences and stored in the house.

If the garden shed is not adequately protected, there can be a nasty surprise in the spring. Protecting the garden shed against the weather is therefore essential.

Working before winter

Tip 1: Check the garden house carefully

Before you say goodbye to winter, you should carefully check your garden shed for possible damage. Is the roof still tight? Does the gutter have some cracks? Walls, windows and doors must also be checked. If repairs are necessary, they should be carried out as soon as possible. You never know how hard winter will be. Even a small crack can quickly become bigger in a severe winter.

It is also advisable that wooden windows and doors are treated with a wood glaze that protects the wood. You can also use a color that is weather resistant instead. There a no limits to imagination. Joints on windows and doors can easily be filled with construction foam. This is basically a simple but effective step.

Tip 2: turn off the water

To avoid major damage from water, it is very important that you turn off the water in good time and also clear all pipes. After the water has been switched off, you simply have to open all the taps and let the remaining water run out of the pipes. The taps remain open until spring when the water is turned on again.

If you miss this task, the water pipes may freeze and burst. This damage is not only annoying, but often also very expensive. You can also put an anti-freeze in the toilet, for example, to provide additional protection against freezing.

It is best to completely empty rain barrels in front of or behind the house. If you leave them there and the water freezes in them, the rain barrels will burst. Simply emptying saves a lot of money here.

Work during the winter months

Tip 3: Check regularly

It is also recommended that you check that everything is in order from time to time. With a regular visit, you can spot small flaws and, if necessary, eradicate them. This way you avoid major repairs.

Tip 4: Remove snow from the roof

Especially when there is heavy snowfall, it is advisable that you regularly check that everything is in order. Heavy snow loads can quickly collapse your roof. Moisture can also move into the house faster. So grab the snow shovel quickly and remove the snow as quickly as possible.

Tip 5: heating the garden house - is this necessary?

Whether you need to heat your garden shed in between or bring the temperature up to around 5 degrees Celsius depends on whether shrubs or plants in your garden shed have to hibernate. Some shrubs and plants usually need some warmth. In specialist books (see garden guide for winter) you can check whether your plants are affected.

Electric heaters are very suitable for heating. The advantage is that the temperatures can be set constantly and, above all, can be maintained. However, make sure that the garden shed is equipped in such a way that you can safely set up a radiator.

Go to the garden shed from time to time and ventilate well. In this way you can avoid mold formation or mold stains. You don't have to ventilate every day, but just think about it every now and then.

Special features of allotment gardens and allotments

Allotments or allotments have a special feature - also with regard to winter mooring. A special feature is that in late autumn, usually in late October and early November, the water is turned off at the main water supply. This is often done in the community and at the same time the water meters are read in the individual allotments or plots.

As a user of an allotment garden system, you must therefore adhere to the dates of water shutdown and cannot independently determine when you want to use the water. It is important for you that you open the taps in the garden shed as soon as the water has been turned off.

Since allotment gardens are often haunted by burglars, especially in winter, it is advisable that you make the windows with large boards, for example. In this way you can at least specifically avoid broken windows.

The extent to which the garden shed can be heated in an allotment garden system in winter depends on various factors. Since every association has its own regulations and there are also federal allotment garden laws (see here), you should inform yourself in case of doubt to avoid damage and personal annoyance.