The UK is currently enjoying a long hot summer, so why not take the chance to carry out some summer garden projects and give yourself a new way to cook outdoors or cool off on a hot day?
Here are five summer garden projects you might want to consider, along with the five skip hire sizes that are best suited to the job.
Barbecue/Pizza Oven – 2 cubic yards walk-in
Building something like a brick barbecue or pizza oven doesn’t usually create much waste, but you might have some unwanted bricks leftover or some earth you dug out from the foundations or footings.
A 2 cubic yard walk-in skip is an easy way to get rid of small quantities of garden waste as you can wheel a barrow directly into it, without having to lift anything over the sides.
Hot Tub – 3 cubic yards
If you’re splashing out to install a hot tub, there’s usually not a huge amount of waste. It sits above ground, so no excavating, although you might need to lay a concrete base, and you might have timber off-cuts if you build a shelter over your hot tub for rainy days.
A 3 cubic yard walk-in skip is a convenient way to get rid of small amounts of waste, and is a good middle-ground option if you think 4 cubic yards would be too much, but want a bit more capacity than our smallest 2 cubic yard skips.
Greenhouse – 4 cubic yards
Again, a greenhouse itself doesn’t generally create much waste during installation, although there may be protective packaging over the glass.
This time though, you usually will need to dig foundations, as modern greenhouses usually sit on concrete footings or a low brick wall that extends below the ground – so give yourself some spare capacity for any excess dirt you dig out, as well as spare bricks you don’t want to keep.
Fish Pond – 6 cubic yards
There’s a surprising amount of earth involved when you dig out a fish pond – and even more in a swimming pool, as we’ll explain below.
But because they are typically an irregular shape and shallow at the sides, a 6 cubic yard skip will often be enough to remove the dirt you dig out when creating a rigid-side or flexible liner fish pond – again, do the calculations beforehand to check you don’t need a bigger size than this.
Swimming Pool – 8 cubic yards (and more!)
If you’re digging out a below-ground swimming pool, work out how much earth you need to excavate before you begin.
Remember, every cube measuring three feet along each side is a cubic yard – equivalent to about three quarters of a cubic metre – so every cube of six feet in each dimension is eight cubic yards.
You might be able to use some of the excavated earth to fill in dips and hollows elsewhere in your garden, but if you want it taking away, you’ll want to hire an 8 cubic yard skip for every six-foot cube you dig out.