Winter can be a bit of a downtime for the garden, but to avoid having endless spring maintenance to do when the weather turns warmer, there are several things you can do now.
While there are several jobs in the garden that can be done during the colder months to prepare the garden for spring, it’s important to take a look at your garden log cabin.
Whether you use it all year round, or only in spring and summer, a log cabin is all about bringing you closer to nature, but when it comes to the care and longevity of your log cabin, it’s best not to get too close to nature!
Step outside, and take a close look at your log cabin, checking for any obvious damage from the winter season, such as winter storms, snow, ice, and freezing rain.
Spray or splash some water on the outside walls of your cabin. If the water beads up and rolls off, then you are all good. But if it soaks into the log walls, then you should consider applying a new coat of stain to ensure it is water-resistant. Don’t forget to check any log ends, as the grain can soak up more moisture.
Check that plants and trees around the permitter of the cabin have not grown too close to the wood. Plants and trees can direct rain onto the cabin, block the sun, and restrict air circulation from drying out wood that’s been exposed to rain.
Moisture control and water management are key to the longevity of your log cabin. If it doesn’t already have gutters installed, then they can be a wise investment for your cabin. Ensure they are kept clean and free of debris, and that the water drains away from the cabin.
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Author - Martin Corby
Posted - 04 Feb 2022
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