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Preparing your garden for a new shed

Preparing your garden for a new shed

05 March 2024

A firm, level base is a must-have for a new garden shed but what else should you do to prepare your garden before installation? Our easy to follow guide has all the answers.

At Sutton Sheds, we deliver your new shed flat packed and we will install it in the position of your choice. However, there are certain steps you need to take before we arrive for the installation.

Choose a location for your shed

This is not as crazy as it sounds and finding the right spot for your shed is vital! Things to consider include:

  • The space you allocate for your shed should be larger than the shed itself, to give sufficient access to it.
  • There should be access to all sides of the building, to enable maintenance and/or repairs to be carried out in the future.
  • Wherever possible, choose a spot that can be levelled out quite easily. Positioning your shed on a sloped area will not help you to create a stable and solid base.
  • Where you would like an electricity or water supply to the shed, the position you choose must be able to accommodate this.
  • Think about how the shed will look in the overall garden – will it sit discreetly without encroaching on the way you use the rest of the space?

Prepare the ground for your shed

Clearing and preparing the ground makes it easier for our installation team to assemble your shed than trying to battle rubbish and debris.

  • Cut back/prune trees and shrubs in the vicinity to remove any obstructions.
  • Remove all weeds, leaves and stones – weeds with strong, stubborn roots will damage the shed base over time so be as thorough as possible.
  • Level the area as much as possible, using a spirit level to guide you. The more level the ground, the less likely you are to experience uneven settling of the base and shed.
  • Once the area is clear and level, consider laying a weed-control membrane to prevent weeds from growing back once the shed is in place.

Lay a foundation for your shed

While the smallest garden shed will rest securely on a level patio or drive, all sheds should sit on a firm foundation. A solid foundation will prolong the life of the shed and should be sufficient to bear the weight of the structure as well as all its contents. Foundations can be paving slabs, concrete, or wood, each requiring a varying amount of preparation – What foundations do I need for my shed? explains the options available for shed foundations to help you choose the best for your needs.

Shed installation from Sutton Sheds

We will arrive with your shed flat packed on a flatbed trailer towed by a medium sized van – total size  10m (30') long x 2.5m (8') wide. Our installation team will need a firm level base to be provided and if you need help with this, we can put you in touch with trusted local tradespeople we have worked with previously. It is the responsibility of our customers to ensure an appropriate base is in place prior to installation. Where this is not the case and installation has not been cancelled, the structure will be left for the customer to assemble.

Lincolnshire sheds from Sutton Sheds

We are a family run business in Lincolnshire and we manufacture our range of wooden pent sheds, apex sheds, workshops, timber garages, potting sheds and summerhouses at our premises in Coningsby. Most of our sheds in Lincolnshire have free delivery but please check your postcode with us to make sure. We also offer a custom build service for any of our products if you cannot see what you want in our standard ranges. For more information, please call us on 01526 342777 or contact us by email today.


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