Garden Shed Precautions

Portable buildings, that is, the common buildings used for outdoor storage, can serve many practical functions around the home, and even in the workplace.

There is one spot around the home where work and home life meet on a regular basis and that place is the home lawn and garden.

Garden shed uses

Garden buildings can be great for getting your tools and materials organized to make the work a lot easier and less stressful. Garden sheds can be set up with racks to hold tools, shelves to hold materials, ramps for driving or pushing lawn and garden equipment inside, and benches for garden work like potting plants, or sharpening tools.

Garden building precautions

When setting up your garden building, caution should be used to avoid creating new problems during placement. It would be a sad irony to create more work for yourself by trying to make your work more convenient.

Outdoor sheds and irrigation

Garden sheds should be set up properly to avoid causing problems. If the garden building is placed inside the irrigated area of the yard, the building will block irrigation somewhere, which will prevent a part of your lawn from receiving water. In such cases your irrigation will need to be adjusted to accommodate.

Backyard sheds and lawn layout

The outdoor shed will also change the layout of your lawn, and you will need to decide before placement whether you need it a little closer to the fence or a little further away to accomadate your mowing and trimming.

Utility buildings shade and heat

The new garden building will also pose a few potential problems that may be less obvious. The building will provide shade over an area that was not shaded before, and it will also intensify the heat from the sun in other places. This can be a problem for shade loving plants which might suffer from the added heat of the sunny side.


Be sure to plan carefully for availble space, making sure everything will fit. Keep in mind that the irrigation, and shade and light situation will change, and make any adjustments in the irrigation system and placement, as well as plant placement in the landscape which might be needed to avoid shade and heat problems related to the buildings presence.

Shed Placement Advice

The most important part of any project is the planning and preparation stage. This is doubly true for storage building placement. The placement of your building will effect many different elements of your property. Getting the right location for your storage building is very important. When trying to determine the best location for a building in your lawn and landscape consider these ideas:

Laws and regulations

Check local laws and regulations and be certain that you are not violating any ordinances in your city or neighborhood. Depending on where you live, there may be state, county, city, and home owner association rules. These are usually only minor problems, but they should be dealt with at the earliest stages of the process.

Lawn care

Consider how you mow. If you want to mow between your new building and it’s nearest obstacles, like fences, trees, landscape beds, and other things that might exist on your lawn, you need to sure to leave enough space to get the mower between them. Having a patch of ground that is just a little too narrow to mow can be a little frustrating. Leave plenty of space for safe mowing without having to risk bumping the building or adjacent plants or structures.

Landscape issues

Make sure you have room to work and use any equipment that you may need to move between the building and your landscape elements.

Shade and light

A fairly large object in your lawn will produce shade in some areas where it did not exist before. If you have heat loving, sun loving plants near your planned location, being sure that there will be enough sunlight to allow them to thrive will be an important consideration. There is also a good chance that the storage building siding will produce a good bit of reflective heat on one side. Shade loving plants, and tender plants adjacent to the building could suffer from this. Give due consideration to these elements before deciding on placement.

Irrigation needs

Your storage building will have an effect on your irrigation. If the building is placed between irrigation heads, part of your lawn and landscape may not get the water they need. In such cases, it may be necessary to move and adjust some irrigation heads to compensate for the addition. Make sure your building is not placed on top of any heads.

Solving shed placement problems before placement

If you are having trouble conceptualizing the storage building and it’s final position, there is a simple way to help you visualize the effects of final placement, and make adjustments before the building is placed. Simply determine the buildings floor dimensions, add an extra foot or so to each side to make up for eave overhang, and start measuring on the ground in the place where you want to place the building. You can use wire flags from a hardware store, or even flour from the grocery store to mark corners and outline the building. After this, you can check the irrigation to see what might need to be moved or adjusted. You will also be able to determine whether the building will block a favorite view, block sunlight to important plants, or bake other elements of your landscape. This will give you the chance to discover potential problems and make placement adjustments without having to move an actual building.

Note: Please check with your local authorities for Storage Building Regulations before purchasing a building.