This is a practical step-by-step guide to building a wide variety of wooden garden structures, including: sheds, summerhouses, play houses, decking, steps, bridges, fencing, gateways, arches, gazebos, trellises, planters and much more. It is packed with ideas, tips and practical information. The topics covered include: the construction methods involved in erecting these structures; details instructions, supplemented by drawings, diagrams and b&w photographs; what materials are required; where the different kinds of structure should be situated; what factors should be considered during the planning process; maintenance and repair of wood structures; selection of tools; and materials and components, including stains, preservatives, wood, nails, screws and bolts.
Mark Ekin has worked within the horticultural industry for over twenty-five years, where he ran his own landscaping business. For the last seven years he has been working in the land based education sector and is currently Section Leader for Horticulture and Floristry at The College of West Anglia in Cambridgeshire. This book is based on his experience as a manager, landscaper and lecturer.