Installing A Garden Shed In A New Garden

If you are getting ready to move to a brand new house, you can be sure you will need a garden shed unless the builder has provided one for you. So what do I need to watch out for?


The big issue with new gardens is that the soil is normally fresh topsoil and therefore is likely to settle and sink a little over time. Is this an issue? Well it can be, your garden shed will  normally sit on blocks or paving stones to keep it up off the ground and allow air to ventilate under the shed, if the soil shrinks or settles then the shed will also sink and settle. So is there a solution? Yes there are a few options


  1. If you are buying a small shed then it is easy to simply insert a timber under the corner that has sank and lever the shed back up an inch or so and then insert a shim such as another paving stone or some slates
  2. If you are building a bigger garden shed then levering it up is not really an option so it may be best to consider a base of some sort to offer more support to your garden shed. There are a few options here depending on your budget. You can simply dig out the fresh soil and replace with gravel, hopefully spare on the site and then have the gravel whacked if you can. The whacker simply whacks and compacts the gravel so that it never moves again afterward. These whacker plates are common on all building sites
  3. You can consider having a proper concrete base built to sit the shed on, a great job but will probably cost more to have the base built than your new garden shed installed


If you need any more information on buying and building a new steel or timber garden shed then feel free to give us a call on 01 5242441 or drop into our showroom at Johnstown Garden Centre on M7 at Naas, we are open 7 days a week