Everything You Need to Start Gardening, Including Where To Keep Your New Tools In The Garage

If you’re a seasoned gardener or a beginning gardener, you’re aware that there are lots of tools and paraphernalia around the hobby of gardening. And whether your garden is an array of planted containers on the patio or a half-acre of sculpted shrubs, trees, and flowers, you’ll need to store and organize all your garden tools, pots, fertilizers, and soil amendments. Tailored Living® can help you store all your gardening supplies from a hand spade to a 100-foot hose with custom garage storage solutions designed specifically for you to ensure your tools are clean and ready for service whenever you are ready for gardening.

gardening-planting.jpgYou deserve time and space to pursue a love of gardening

Spades, shovels, pots, bags of soil, fertilizer, and more, make up the staples of the serious gardener. What tools are best and how to care for them is valuable information for the millions of people coast to coast who dig, mulch, feed, and water flower gardens and vegetable gardens for cultivating beauty, healthy eating, and the supreme satisfaction of watching gardens grow and develop.

Tools of the gardening trade

The larger your garden, the more tools you’ll need and having the right tools is important to getting the result you want with the least amount of back pain. Buying the best tools you can afford will pay dividends as they will last longer than less substantial, cheaper cousins. This list of essential tools will help eliminate unnecessary, trendy tools that eat up space and empty your wallet without adding value.

  • Hand trowel: multi-purpose tool for digging, made of steel with a non-slip rubber handle.
  • Bypass pruners: for small plant trimming, made for left- or right-handed use so be sure the get the right one with blades of hardened steel (cuts like scissors).
  • Anvil pruners: for thicker materials, also made for lefties or righties and high-end models have replaceable blades; opt for ratcheting pruners.
  • Loppers: for hard-to-reach areas and branches up to two inches in diameter with varying handle lengths from 16 to 36 inches for leverage.
  • Shovel: a long-handled shovel, 44 to 48 inches gives best leverage for digging; forged blade shovels are more durable and fiberglass shovel handles are more durable than wood.
  • Rakes: there are leaf rakes and metal bow rakes that are also called soil or landscape rakes, and these are for moving soil around with short, forged steel tines.
  • Hoe: long-handled tool (54 inches) to loosen or break up soil and remove weeds, they come in narrow or wide widths.
  • Gardening hose with watering wand or nozzle: hoses come in multiple lengths, diameters, and materials which impact water flow, weight, and that annoying hose kink, so check out Find the Right Hose for You.
  • Wheelbarrow or wheeled cart: makes it easier to transport tools, soil, plants and more.
  • Watering can: consider water weight when purchasing for ease of carrying; a filled one-gallon can weighs just over eight pounds, a two-gallon can will be 16 pounds, and so on.
  • Gloves: save yourself blisters and ruined manicures with garden gloves that protect from dirt, cuts, and scratches and give better traction when using tools.
  • Garden tote bag: keeps hand tools together and easy to cart around as you trim and tend your plants; available with or without tools included.

the-right-tools.jpgThe right tools will enhance your gardening experience for potted plants or tackling the whole yard

Organized tool storage and a potting bench

Having a garden center in the garage is a dream come true for an avid gardener. Just imagine having everything garden-related in one place, convenient and easily accessible. A combination of garage storage cabinets, drawers, shelves, Slatwall panels, and a work countertop is the perfect indoor potting bench. Tools are securely stored in cabinets or with wall storage to prevent loss or damage that can happen if they’re piled in a corner or jumbled on a shelf. Cords won’t get tangled, rakes won’t get bent out of shape, and wooden handles aren’t snapped in two by a careless step or falling over.

  • Upper and lower garage cabinets with adjustable shelves can safely store large bags of mulch, potting soil, fertilizer, pots, garden stakes, or long-handled tools.
  • Toxic weed killers and insect spray can be safely stored behind locked doors or in locked
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  • Integrated countertops create comfortable workspace with Slatwall panels as a backdrop to keep tools handy and in full view.
  • Slatwall can accommodate anything you need to hang with attachable baskets, shelves, and specialty hooks for large and small items.
  • A wall of Slatwall can accommodate even the largest garden tools like rakes, shovels, edgers, trimmers, with hooks to support heavy garden hoses.

large-cumbersome-tools.jpgLarge, cumbersome tools are easily stored out of harm’s way with Slatwall panels with custom storage accessories

How to clean and protect your garden tools

Storage is only one part of caring for your garden tools, keeping them clean, sharpened, and oiled will make them last longer and work better. Here is a quick primer on how to clean and care for gardening implements so they never let you down.

  • Wash and dry tools every time you use them to avoid rust; never leave caked-on mud on spades and shovels.
  • Pruners, loppers or shears should be washed with soapy water and a brush, dried, and oiled with linseed oil or a spritz of WD-40. Remove stubborn sap with mineral spirits or turpentine before washing.
  • Remove rust by soaking overnight in a 1:1 white vinegar and water bath, then scrub in a circular motion with steel wool, give a quick soapy wash and clean water rinse, dry thoroughly, and oil.
  • Keep cutting edges sharpened with a specialized pruner-sharpening toolor a sharpening stone and use a sharpening file on hoes, shovels and knives. (These can take some skill to use!)
  • For more in-depth information on maintaining (and sharpening) gardening tools, see How To Care For Garden Tools.

clean-tools-ensure.jpgClean tools ensure that the mess of gardening stays outside and not in the garage

The total garage for the total gardener

If you need some help finding space in your garage for a garden center, we can help organize your garage with custom garage cabinets, shelves, wall storage, overhead storage racks, automated lift systems, and a new durable, custom garage floor, so your entire garage will eliminate clutter and contribute to functional living space. By getting everything up off the floor you’ll quickly see just where your garden center can fit so you can spend more time planting, trimming, and watering and less time hunting for what you need. Call 866-712-3404 today or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find a designer near you and schedule a free, in-home or virtual* consultation.

*Virtual consultations may not be available at all locations.

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