Are you constantly looking for the exact garden tool you need? Take the time to sort and organize your tools so they are easier to find. Proper storage also keeps your tools in better shape so they last longer. Get your tools under control with these tips.
Sort the Tools
The first step is to gather all of your garden tools so you can figure out what you have. This is a good time to get rid of duplicates if you don’t need the extra tools. Inspect the tools to make sure they don’t need any repairs. Sort the tools out based on type. For example, put all of the garden rakes in one pile and all of the shovels in another. Take inventory of what you have. Determine if you’re missing any key garden tools that would make gardening easier.
Clean the Tools
Before you put your garden tools in storage, give them a good cleaning. This gets rid of any dirt and debris that is still on your tools. Brush off the dirt with a wire brush. Scrub with water if needed to get the tools clean. You can also oil metal surfaces with linseed oil. This protects the metal surfaces.
Garden tools hold up better when stored out of the elements. Most people store them in a garden shed or garage. This protects the tools from rain, snow and ice. You want an area that is moisture-free so the metal doesn’t rust. Dry storage is also better for wooden handles. Keep the tools off of the floor where they might come into contact with moisture.
For small tools, a pegboard on the wall is a good storage option. You can arrange the hooks on the pegboard to fit the garden tools that you have. Hanging the tools makes them easy to see and find what you need. You can also get a tool box or storage tub. This option is a little more difficult to organize, but you can carry the whole container to the garden to use the tools inside.
For larger tools, hooks on the wall work well. You can get special tool hooks that hold the handles of large items, such as shovels and rakes. This keeps the tools secure and off of the floor.