How to Properly Store Garden Tools

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Organize your garden tools to make gardening more efficient and enjoyable. When your tools are neat and orderly, you'll be more inspired to start on projects rather than put them off. Choose from a variety of methods to store tools in your garage, shed, closet or outdoors.

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Pegboard Outline

Keep pegboards orderly by using a permanent marker to trace where each tool goes. This works well if multiple people in the house use the same tools, as it will help everyone know where the tools should be placed. You can either draw directly on the pegboard or you can trace the outline on paper and tape it on the pegboard. This method also helps everyone know which tools are missing.

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Hanging Buckets

Hang buckets on pegboard to store tools you might not normally be able to hang, such as sprinkler parts or seed packets. This method will also add a little bit of color to an otherwise dreary area. You can easily pull the buckets off the wall and take them with you to your project site instead of having to juggle a bunch of tools.

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Tool Belt Bucket

Wrap a tool belt around a 5-gallon paint bucket and presto, a handy organizer is born. Now just fill the bucket and belt with the tools you need for all of your fun gardening projects. Tool belt buckets are convenient when you are working on multiple projects around the yard or house and need your tools to be portable. Try storing your own emergency sprinkler repair kit in one so you won't have to spend a lot of time looking for those precious tools when the need arises.

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Garden Pot Storage

Store your garden tools in a decorative pot filled with sand and mineral oil. To make the mixture, fill a 5-gallon bucket with sand, mix in 1 quart of mineral oil and transfer to a garden pot. The oiled sand not only cleans your garden tools as you plunge them into the sand, but it keeps them from rusting as well. It is also a creative storage solution if you prefer to keep your tools on display and not hidden in the garden shed.

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Garden Tool Rack

Create your own garden tool rack to store your bigger, bulkier gardening items, such as shovels, rakes and brooms. This DIY version is also light enough (when no tools are in it) to move around when needed. Think of it as a portable shed or closet. Store your tools upright to keep the blades or bristles off the ground.

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Wall-Mounted Closet Organizer

If you don't have a garage or space for a garden shed, turn an ordinary closet into a makeshift shed. A wall-mounted rack takes advantage of space you might not normally use. It has hooks that swing out, which hold larger objects such as shovels or rakes, and it also has smaller hooks to hold smaller objects like a trowel. Hang pegboard on the back of the door and use hooks to hang sprays or other assorted supplies.

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