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Step 2 – How to Clear the Ground for a Shed

Whether you’re building a potting shed or a shed for a home garden office, you’ll want to know how to level the ground.

The first step will be to clean ground cover and debris like plants and stumps. Make sure to poison these at this stage if you don’t want to see them come back. We’ll explain in more detail, but Timber frame base pallet on concrete floor

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Crushed Stone Base

You might also hear a crushed stone garden shed base referred to as a gravel base. Although, it’s not quite the same as gravel that you might put in your driveway. Crushed stone is useful because it allows water to drain away whilst protecting against weed growth.

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Preparing Your Garden for a Shed

So now you know that there’s more than one option when it comes to preparing your garden for a shed. But there’s no need to be daunted!

Just follow the steps in this handy guide and you’ll have a shed foundation that’ll last you for a long time. And, if we’ve done our job, we all now know the answer to ‘can you put a shed directly on the ground?’. (No!)

So why not save yourself some time on shed construction and focus on laying the groundwork. And by that, we mean literal groundwork

Make sure that your shed site is ready to go whether you’ve chosen a gravel shed foundation or a timber base.

Then you can focus on prepping your garden for your new shed. Simply grab a friend and use our simple tongue-and-groove design to build your BillyOh outdoor building in no time.

And, now that you’ve got your garden ready for a shed we think we know the word that’s playing on your lips – BBQ. So why not check out our quick read on Shop Garden Sheds


No, as all our sheds are designed to be easy and simple to assemble. Simply use the digital assembly instruction provided with your order confirmation. Then you and a friend can have your BillyOh building up in no time!


Generally, smaller sheds don’t need footings. But if you’re building a large or commercial shed, footings need to be at least 1 meter deep. It’s best to check this against the size of your proposed shed.


Yes, creating a shed base from paving slabs can be an inexpensive solution. Just remember that slabs are liable to sink if not cemented in, though.


Simply make sure your groundwork is ready and level. Then construct your BillyOh shed with the digital assembly instructions provided.


We think a gravel (crushed stone) base is best for portable buildings. This will provide a solid foundation with good drainage and protection from weed growth. 


Sure...no! If you haven’t already, check out our guide to see why putting a shed on even 'solid ground' is a bad idea. The lack of a proper shed base can cause warping, rot, and irreparable damage.