Yard and Garden Tool Storage Solutions
by Dawn Lesley Stewart
Our family has lots of lawn and garden tools. Over the years, my father has amassed not only a quantity of hand garden tools, but also yard machines. I think we have a machine for every possible bit of yard maintenance. What to do with all that equipment! Here are some suggestions:
The most logical solution, if you have the room, is a garden shed. Visit a large local hardware store (such as a Home Depot or Lowes), and you will see a vast array of choices.
Some basic considerations are:
1 --Setup space. How much land do you want to devote to shed space?
2 – Items to Store. What is going into the shed? Are you storing a riding lawn mower and snow blower? Do you just need room for garden tools such a pitchfork, shovels, and hoe? Maybe you want to organize your sports equipment like the family bicycles, scooters, kayaks, and volleyball net.
3 – Construction. Do you want to build the shed or buy it ready-made? Shed kits are available, which is what my brother chose to use. Our neighbor bought his large wooden shed already assembled.
4 – Maintenance. Another concern is how much time you want to spend maintaining the shed you install.
Based on our yard design, we opted to transform part of our garage into a “tool” shed. My brother, on the other hand, chose to construct two different sheds in his yard. Both of his sheds are made from resin material: Rubbermaid Big Max Shed, and the Roughneck X-Large Storage Shed. Why resin? It is low maintenance, and the sheds have withstood wind storms and snow with minimal show of wear. Wood sheds need upkeep and are prone to insect damage and could possibly grow mold or mildew. Metal sheds will eventually rust, and can suffer from dents.
Resin sheds come in a variety of sizes, too. Some sheds are narrow and vertical, others look more like small buildings. Also consider the foundation your shed will sit on. If you want a permanent level pad for the shed, you might consider laying a concrete base. Another choice is to carefully level the ground and apply a stone/gravel base to aid with drainage.
Perhaps you don’t require a lot of storage space. Like us, you may have wanted to organize all those hand garden tools. Our family has several ways to manage the tool area.
1 – Buy a Tool Rack. I purchased a Rubbermaid Tool Tower. This organizer is designed for long-handled tools such as rakes, hoes, and shovels. The sturdy construction of the tower allows all the tools to stand upright.
2 – Use Existing Space. In the garage, I hammered nails into the side walls to hang some of the garden equipment, such as the weed whip. Using two nails spaced a bit apart, I was able to hang a variety of implements. We also hung our ladder horizontally along the wall using sturdier anchors for it to rest upon. This is an inexpensive organization method, too.
We often carry smaller tools into the garden beds as we work, whether weeding or planting. These tools can consist of trowels, small hand rakes, and everything from seed packets and string to gloves and a water bottle.
1 – Storage on Wheels. A wheeled garden stool, such as the Step 2 Grass Hopper, works great. Not only is this a seat on wheels, but it has storage under the seating area. Having a wheeled stool means that you can wheel yourself along a garden bed as you work.
2 – Garden Apron. Perhaps you prefer using an apron. I’m not talking about your grandmother’s style apron either. The Fiskars Phone and Garden Pocket is constructed from sturdy material and snaps around the waist with an adjustable belt. This particular "apron" is small, designed for a cell phone, bottle of water and the pockets carry small items.
I hope that these yard and tool ideas help you decide which storage solutions will work best for you.
Happy Gardening !
Dawn Lesley Stewart has enjoyed organic gardening for over forty years, learning at a young age from her father. First love is vegetable gardening followed by her interest in butterfly and bee habitats. She considers her yard a sanctuary for birds and wildlife. Her writing has appeared online and in print and has won writing awards. Dawn is the author of Harriet’s Horrible Hair Day (picture book), Mist-Seer (paranormal novel), and her newest book 300-Plus Quilting Tips, Tricks & Techniques features over 35 years of quilting knowledge.
Copyright 2010 Dawn Lesley Stewart