You don’t have to be a professional gardener to enjoy maintaining your garden. Interacting with nature and the wonders it provides is good for the soul as well as being a great way to enjoy the outdoors, keep active, and catch some vitamin D which is so vital to our health.
That takes us to the tools of the trade - your garden tools. Gardening tools are not cheap but pay for themselves very quickly when you consider what they save on the cost of hiring a professional gardener. However, if you do not care for your garden tools, they will not provide the years of fun and safe use for which they were designed and then it becomes very costly to constantly replace them.
Storage of garden tools is an integral part of maintaining them. Although they were designed for a specific purpose, this purpose results in their degradation. However, with basic care and maintenance, these effects can be neutralized. Most of the time our garden tools are not being used. During this period they must be properly stored.
The elements are the biggest enemy of garden tools. As these tools are generally made from wood and metal, they are susceptible to rotting and rust if exposed to the elements for prolonged periods of time. Consequently, once cleaned following use, garden tools must be stored away from the elements.
SIZE IS EVERYTHING
There are different storage solutions appropriate for different sizes of tools. Smaller tools such as scissors, knives, and pruners should be stored in a tool box. Keter‘s plastic tool boxes are sturdy and come in different sizes and configurations. Many people associate tool boxes with screwdrivers, spanners, and the like but they are also great for storing gardening tools. In general, gardening tools are sharp and the tool box will ideally have a lock and be placed in a shed.
And speaking of sheds, they are a perfect place for storing large gardening tools such as lawn mowers. These days, there is an extensive range of plastic outdoor sheds with sizes and colors to suit every taste.
Tool racks are the perfect storage solution for long, slim tools such as shovels, hoes, loppers, and rakes. Tool racks also come in a variety of configurations for space optimization. For example, there are hanging, corner, and block designs to suit any space. Tool racks are best placed under cover in a shed.
Proper maintenance and storage of your gardening tools will ensure years of safe and productive use.