How to keep pests out of your garden shed

You have invested a lot of time into buying your garden shed in Sydney, it’s your pride and joy. You probably spend a lot of time in your shed, from potting plants to fixing things, to indulging in a hobby, this is why you want to keep your garden shed safe and clean – AND free of pests!
Common pest problems
Pests can easily get into your shed without you even knowing it – not until an *infestation* happens, and there is nothing worse than that! Not only can some pests destroy or ruin your belongings they can also have …

How long does it take to install a shed?

In general, sheds come in kit form, whether you purchase from Bunnings or a garden shed in Sydney from Col Western Sheds. Coming in kit form means installation is quite simple and straight forward, with most of the steps repeated over and over again – for example, panels joining together to form the roof or walls. This means as you get the hang of each step you can speed up a little. If you are installing a longer workshop shed or garage, you will notice how repetitive the walls become.
As with anything, if you have a few people helping out …

Do you have room for a small garden shed?

Knowing whether you can afford to have a shed in your yard seems like a very straightforward question, but that’s not always the case. Here at Col Western Sheds, we manufacture sheds of all sizes.
Regarding small garden sheds we stock pre-fab panels for our smallest shed of 1.57 metres by 0.81 metres, and it stands at 1.09 metres high. We can reduce the size of this shed in reductions of 200 mm at a time, but it won’t get much smaller than this.
If you’re not outdoorsy, it might be difficult to tell how small (or large) these dimensions …

Why we are the go-to for garden sheds

Garden sheds can be pretty versatile. You can use them to store all your gardening tools and supplies, from your hose to your shears and rake. If you put up shelves and drawers, you can organise your seeds, fertilisers, and pesticides in the same space. You can even keep DIY garden projects in there, or a bicycle.
Once you’ve decided you’re getting a shed, you might want to man up and build one from scratch. After all, it can’t be that hard, and YouTube videos make it look pretty do-able. But just because you can do something doesn’t necessarily mean you …

Your Main Considerations When Installing a New Dog Pen

Dog pens can be a great idea for the backyard if you don’t want your dog roaming free all the time. Perhaps you’ve got to build a new fence, or you have small children around, or simply don’t want them digging up the garden. But what should you think about before purchasing a dog pen? Here are the main considerations to take into account.
Is it big enough so they’re comfy?
How big is your dog? You will want your dog pen to be big enough so that they have some room to move around, stretch their legs a little, …

How big should you go with your Bird Aviary?

On a small scale, they can be a handy way to teach your children about responsibility and environmental influence. On a large scale, they can boost your income without too much labour on your part.

Sometimes, people are wary of keeping domestic birds. There are two main reasons for this unease – the noise and the smell. Both these challenges can be resolved if you give your birds the right type of housing, and at Col Western Sheds, bird aviaries are among our specialities.

Birds are generally loud, but if they are comfortable, their cackling reduces significantly. They need to …

Do You Need to Secure and Anchor Your Garden Shed?

Garden sheds are considered Class 10a buildings according to the Australian Building Code, and as such, these structures must meet specific requirements to ensure their safety. Anchoring the shed to the ground is one such requirement.

Across Australia, these sheds must be securely fastened to the ground or concrete slab they sit on. This is especially important in Australia’s tropical northern climates, where high-speed storm winds could potentially damage a garden shed. Anchoring also adds stability to sheds on uneven or sloped ground.

Fortunately, securing your shed is a fairly straightforward process. Most small garden sheds, carports and other …

Flat Vs Gable – which roof is better?

When it comes to choosing a shed for your back yard, at Col Western Sheds, we have gable roof sheds and flat roof sheds. Ideally when you are choosing the right shed for your yard – and for your needs, you have to base your choices more on what your shed is going to be used for, and, where it is going to be placed. Ideally, the style of your roof for the shed should match in with the style of roof on your home.

A flat roof shed has been designed to be level, or with …

Why Carport Awnings Are So Well Suited To Australian Homes and Lifestyles

Have you noticed recently that heaps of carport awnings are cropping up around your area? Well, you wouldn’t be the only one. While there are still plenty or actual garages around we are seeing a lot more carport awnings going up, and for good reason, too.

If you’re someone who has an actual garage in your home, then congrats – it sure does make life a heck of alot easier! The problem with actual garages is that they tend to take up a lot of room. Particularly within inner city and suburban areas in Australia we are seeing block …

What to Look for When Shopping For Bird Aviaries

Are you a bird lover? Just looking for an easy to care for pet for the kids? Then you’ll have to have a think about which is the best aviary for your home or garden.
We take a look at some things that you’ll need to consider when shopping for an aviary. After all your want your bird friend to be happy and healthy in their little (or big – up to you!) home.
It’s got to be secure
Of course, this is the number one thing to look for when you are shopping for a bird aviary. You don’t want …

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    Lynda of Milperra

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  • I just want to advise you of the terrific service one of your shed builders provided to us when last week he built the shed we ordered through your Penrith office. Dave and his young helper provided first class workmanship, he was very polite, and the clean up was a pleasure compared to most other tradesmen. We are soon going to order a further shed via Penrith and I have no hesitation in recommending your products. Thank you Dave, and thank you to Col Western Sheds.

    Martin of Kings Langley

  • Thank you to all at Col Western Sheds for your excellent service. From the time I made a weekend telephone enquiry, place a telephone order for a shed early the following week, received by email a diagram and quote, received advice of expected delivery time and took delivery at exactly the promised time from friendly helpful delivery men, I received outstanding service

    Bill of Wareemba

  • I would like to thank you very much for helping us so promptly with our bird aviary. There was a lot of discussion between the doves on returning to their new cage, but they have now settled in again very happily !! We really appreciate the hurry you gave us the order. Thank you very very much

    Marilla of South Coogee

  • Very pleased with the shed – Installers also very good & co-operative

    Ron of Lemon Tree Passage

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Australians have been trusting us for over 35 years to manufacture and install their Garden Sheds, as well as Work Sheds, Bird Aviaries, Dog Pens & Kennel, Carports and Awnings. Come in and talk to us at one of our friendly stores placed in Gosford, Penrith, Wollongong, Newcastle, Lansvale or Smeaton Grange.