Would you like to welcome some wildlife into your garden?
Well, your garden shed could be a crucial tool when it comes to attracting more animals and insects to your outdoor area.
Whether it's birds, like robins and wood pigeons, or mammals, like foxes and hedgehogs, a few simple tips could set you on your way to welcoming them into your back garden.
So, how do you go about this? Well, these tips from the experts at BillyOh.com explain all...
1. Consider your shed's colour
As nice as it can look, avoid painting your shed a pretty pastel shade or an eye-catching bright colour. Instead, choose an earthy tone which blends into the surroundings. Green, grey and brown will all work well, and it's also likely to complement your plants too.
2. Back to school
Why not plant some fast growing vines around your shed - these can be trained to grow up the walls. You can support them by adding either a bracket or wooden lattice - this will also have the added benefit of keeping them looking nice and tidy.
3. Pick your plants
Choose the plants that are going to grow quickly and are likely to work well with the rest of your garden's scheme. How about some sweet smelling Jasmine? Another lovely look will be Clematis, as it grows towards the shed roof and the tall grasses.
4. Building a fence
Are you planning to disguise your shed altogether? Well, start by building a fence around it. From a distance, no one will even be able to tell it's there. You can then camouflage it further by painting or planting it all around the fence.
5. Plant a roof
Once you have built a frame over your existing shed roof, it's time to create your very own green food. It's ideal when you're attracting wildlife and have completely disguised your shed.
So, how do you do it? Well, create a frame that's around 30cm deep, and line it with a waterproof sheet, before including a moisture blanket and finishing it with a filter sheet. Lastly, add some clay granules, top soil and sand - that way, you can let your plants take over your roof, instead of growing them yourself.