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How to Store Gardening Tools in the Garage

After working your garden tools all season, give them a little rest by properly storing them in the garage. Making defined spaces for your tools will make it easier to find the right tool for the right job, when you need it. Proper storage will also help extend the life of your tools. Protect your investment and save yourself some time by organizing and carefully storing your tools.

Prepare tools for storage before putting them away. Clean tools after each use. Wipe away dirt and moisture with a cloth or use sandpaper to remove rust on worn tools. Drain all gas-powered tools of oil and fuel before seasonal or long-term storage.

Hang large lawn tools like rakes, hoes and shovels on hooks. Keep them off the floor to prevent tripping hazards. Prevent rust on tools that are made from metal by lightly oiling with tool oil or spraying with WD-40. Install a peg board to hang hand tools like hand shovels and pruners. Free up floor space by installing brackets on garage walls to hang wheelbarrows and stepladders.

Find new uses for non-traditional storage materials. Use a large garbage can or barrel to store rakes, brooms or other long-handled tools if there is no space to hang hooks on the wall. Use plastic containers designed to hold silverware in dish drains, instead, to hold garden tools. Keep the container on a work surface for easy access to tools.

Gardening Tools & Their Uses

Having the right tools means all the difference in maintaining a healthy, attractive garden. It also works well for digging up plants that you're transplanting. A hoe is another gardening tool for digging and moving soil, but there are several types so it’s important to choose the right one for the job. If you need to dig holes for planting or cut through weeds, opt for a broad hoe, which has a larger blade. Like a spade or hoe, a gardening trowel is used for digging small holes and moving soil. It has a pointed blade that is shaped like scoop and longer than the blade on a spade. You can use a trowel to dig planting holes for vegetables, annuals, perennials and other small plants, but its scooped shape also allows you to lift the plant itself from the soil for transplanting. It even works well in existing beds because it won't bring up weed seeds or turn over the layers of soil if you simply drive it into the bed and wiggle it.

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