Whether you’re a seasoned, avid gardener, or totally new to the game and eager to get started, it’s not hard to go overboard when it comes to collecting gardening tools. There are so many new gadgets and types of equipment that it can be difficult to figure out where to start, not to mention how to achieve organized yard tool storage and care.

Weeders

This tool sometimes goes by different names, depending on the manufacturer and region, but perhaps the most common one is “dandelion digger/weeder.” These long, flat, metal tools have a notch at the end that makes them ideal for extracting weeds like dandelions (with taproots) and crabgrass, which is notoriously hard to remove. There are a couple different types of dandelion diggers—some have just a notch at the end, while others more closely resemble a two-tined fork. These sharp, narrow points sink easily into the soil to pry out deep roots, and they’re great for removing weeds that like to hide in ground-cover plants (such as phlox) without disturbing the surrounding plants. These tools can easily be hung using storage options like wall storage hooks and slatwall paneling. It’s important to keep tools organized and well-maintained so they last longer and don’t become a danger.

Gloves

Every person who does yardwork needs a good pair of gardening gloves. Gardening is all fun and games until you encounter an unexpectedly thorny weed, or get a splinter while moving that wooden garden border. When it comes to gloves in particular, don’t skimp on quality. You want gloves that are durable, yet flexible enough to allow you to do more delicate tasks, such as weeding or planting. Be sure to store your gloves in dry places, like storage cabinet drawers, where they won’t be exposed to sun, water, or bugs.

Rake

Familiar and essential, nothing can replace a rake when it comes to the tidiness of your garden. A standard fan rake is ideal for clearing out leaves and other debris that tend to spread over a wide area. Shrub rakes are smaller and are great for cleaning up tight spaces where there’s heavy landscaping. If you’re looking to move things like leaves or mulch, hard rakes are best for the task. By flipping them over, they can also be used for smoothing soil after planting and grading in flower beds. An easy way to store rakes is using a wall S hook that allows them to hang safely on the wall while still being easily accessible.

Soil Knife

Sometimes referred to as a Japanese gardeners knife, or hori-hori, this tool is a favorite among gardeners. It has a metal, concave blade that is serrated on one side and sharp on the other. It’s highly useful for a number of tasks, such as dividing plants, transplanting, cutting through sod, and weeding. It can also be used in place of a trowel for planting bulbs and digging. It’s important that you safely store your sharp gardening tools to help avoid any accidents. A great place to store sharper tools is in garage storage cabinets where they won’t be as easily accessible by children.

Shovel

The shovel comes in handy for many different tasks in the yard. Use it to dig holes to plant saplings and bushes, or move loose material like gravel or compost. There are a variety of shovel types, and it’s just a matter of figuring out which would best suit your needs. Some are the standard round blade, others are long and narrow (ideal for deep holes), and others have serrated edges to slice through roots and into hard soil. This is another tool that can easily be hung on the wall using gravity wall storage hooks.

When it comes to garage and gardening tool organization, it’s always a good idea to seek out new tips. Above we discussed some of the most handy tools to have for gardening and suggestions on how to store them safely. By organizing and properly storing your tools it will give you more time to work in your garden.

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