The ability to locate the right garden tools and supplies to accomplish a gardening task is essential for successful gardening. In addition, having needed items easily accessible makes gardening more enjoyable. Experienced gardeners develop their own methods of keeping their tools, and lawn and garden supplies where they can find them immediately.
Garden organization and storage begins with an adequate storage area, a place dedicated to lawn and garden items only. Home improvement stores, garden centers and online stores all offer metal or wooden sheds made especially for this purpose. Some sheds are large enough to park a ride-on lawnmower or rototiller inside, with room left over for hand tools and bags of mulch. These large sheds are great for the gardener with a variety of items to store. Smaller sheds, some requiring only a few feet of ground space, efficiently protect and store hand tools and push lawn mowers. Some homeowners merely dedicate part of their garage to garden supplies.
Developing a workable method of organization, and the gardener’s faithfulness in placing used item back where they belong after every use are keys to enjoyable lawn and garden work.
Helpful garden organization and storage tips include:
Store items in groups, placing those used for similar purposes in a group. For example, it makes sense to keep garden hoes and rakes where the gardener can grab one of each when heading out to the garden.
Categorize items according to their seasonal function and place those used infrequently in some of the less accessible places in the storage area. For example, tree limb cutters are used during a limited pruning season, so store them in the back of the shed.
Store small hand tools together, and have an apron or tool carrier for taking everything needed for a particular task to the site.
Make use of specially designed garden tool wall hangers and shelving.
Place large print labels or tags on the walls or shelves where items belong. This is especially helpful of several gardeners use the tools.
Lawn and gardening tasks become much easier with proper garden organization and storage.