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9 Great Tips for Organizing Your Garden Tools
Gardening is a wonderful hobby. Whether you’re growing flowers, vegetables or a combination of them plus other items, being outside in the fresh air and sunshine lifts my spirits. Digging in the earth, planting things and watching them grow is one of my favorite miracles.
Here are some great tips for organizing your gardening tools. The next time you try to find one of your tools, you can just see it and pick it up, instead of rummaging around in the shed or garage. You’ll be glad you took the time to organize your gardening tools.
Tip #1 Set aside a specific area for your tools in a shed, a part of your garage or your sun room. By keeping all your tools in one area, prevents searching all over the house and outside for that important tool.
Tip #2 As with all organizing projects, sorting is the next step. Sort through your tools to determine if anything has outlived it’s usefulness. Broken tools need to be discarded. Anything that needs to be repaired should be repaired before the next use. Broken tools can be a hazard. Also, make sure all your tools are clean. If they are dirty, clean them now.
Tip#3 Now that your tools are clean and mended, sort them into piles according to how frequently you use them. During summer months, watering cans, hoses, garden gloves and lawn mowers will be used more frequently. Be sure to store them where you can reach them first.
Tip #4 Look at the area you’ve chosen to store your tools. Do you have sufficient bins, boxes, hooks, etc.? If not, purchase those now before you store your tools away. Peg board is a wonderful way to store many garden tools if you have the wall space to install it. Wire shelves are better than plastic or wood and require less cleaning. Don’t buy shelves or other items to organize until you’ve properly assessed and measured your space.
Tip #5 A special floor rack for rakes, shoves, etc. makes a nice storage place or they can be hung on a wall or peg board with hooks. U-hooks are especially useful for hanging these items on walls.
Tip #6 Large equipment should be rotated seasonally. Snow blowers won’t be used this time of year, but you will need it during winter months. Just before the first snow fall, rotate the lawn mower to the back and move the snow blower up front.
Tip #7 Small hand tools can be stored on a tool belt and hung on a wall. This not only makes handy storage for the small tools, but you can wear it outside and have everything you need close at hand.
Tip #8 Be sure to clean your tools before storing them away and store them out of the elements to prevent rust and other deterioration. An easy way to keep the tools clean is to keep a bucket filled with sand mixed with 1 quart of motor oil. Rinse off the tools with water, dry and place them in the bucket.
Tip #9 Be sure the space you’re storing your tools are out of the way of babies and children. Safety first!
A little bit of time spent organizing your garden tools will make your gardening experience even more enjoyable.
Now get out there and plant something beautiful!
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