Any gardener knows that when it comes to organizing your gardening supplies, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Rakes, shovels, shears, weed whackers and hand trowels all have their own unique storage solutions. So when you’re designing a space in your garage to accommodate everything, you have to take this into consideration.
Where you store your gardening supplies is just as important as how you store them. Gardening supplies are usually stored on one side of the garage. Believe it or not, where you park your car and whether you back in, can help us make the decision about which wall to hang them on! Typically it’s the wall on the right hand side of the garage, inside the return. Fewer people get out of the car on that side.
Here are my suggestions for the best storage solutions for gardening supplies:
Long Handled Tools
Tools with long handles such as spades, shovels and rakes can be easily organized using hooks and slatwall. One way to save money is to only use the amount of slatwall you need – you don’t have to install it from floor to ceiling, just along the part of the wall where the hooks will be attached. One of the advantages of the lockable hooks that I use is that they can be easily moved for seasonal changes, which means no holes in your slatwall.
I organize them by type, so if you have spades and shovels, I’ll put them together on the same hook as some hooks hold three tools. They’re easily spaced so they’re easily accessed.
Organization is all about finding a place for something, giving it a spot of its own and returning it to the spot.
Hooks are also a great option for hand tools such as trowels, forks, weeders and scoops. They make it easy to replace the tools where you found them.
One of our aims when organizing a garage is to get everything off the floor. When you have a number of tools with cords that get all tangled, it is easy to just give up!
When we organize electric tools such as leaf blowers, weed whackers and other things with extension cords, we make sure that the cords and the tools are hung side by side so you’re never scrambling for the cord again.
Larger tools like lawnmowers and snow blowers can be more problematic to store.
We put them in a spot where they’re not affecting the cars. Depending on the size of the garage and the size of the cars, we may hang them on a wall or store them under a platform.
Items like fertilizers, plant food and pesticides have to be kept away from children and animals. There are several good ways to do this. One is to store them on higher placed shelves or baskets. The other is storing them in a cabinet. The difference is aesthetics as to whether or not you want to see the tools or not and the price.