It’s gardening season! A time to get your hands dirty and enjoy the bounty of your work. Any successful gardener knows, you want to have your tools and supplies where you need them, when you need them. This can be especially hard for gardeners who have seasonal tools and changing needs throughout the year. We’re covering the challenges of garage organization for gardeners and how to spend more time in your garden…and less time looking for a specific trowel or pack of seeds.
Importance of an organized garage for safe and enjoyable gardening
When it comes to organizing your tools, safety is the #1 priority. To this end, you’ll want to keep items off the floor whenever possible to avoid slips, trips, and general clutter. You will also free up so much more room for garage storage and avoid impossible-to-sort-through piles by moving your storage solutions to the walls, shelves, or overhead. Depending on your tools needs, and garage layout, thinking through your organizational systems and prioritizing quick access to your most essential tools will help you keep you garage a safe space for garden prepping and storage.
Assessing Your Needs
Identifying the types of tools and equipment you need to store is a great step when planning your garden equipment storage in the garage. We’ve got you covered with an essential garden tools list. When it comes down to it, most gardeners really only have a few tools they use on a regular basis. We’ve compiled a list of the the top 10 tools that you will likely be using on a daily basis as you tend to your home garden. The ones every gardener should keep on hand and well-maintained. Check out our list and understand where you need to invest in a few more essentials.
Organizing Gardening Tools
Organizing and storing your gardening tools is an essential part of gardening, the main idea here is to keep your tools easily accessible and allow ample storage for seasonal needs. Garage shelving, slat walls with storage hooks and storage cabinets are great organization tools. Which ones you choose depends on how much you garden, the number of tools and supplies you have, and the space allotted in your garage.
Here are a few tips for organizing your gardening tools in a garage:
Cluster similar items together.
Keep your supplies off the ground.
Use vertical wall space. Install a slat wall with storage hooks and racks for rakes, hoses, spades, pitchforks, a telescopic pruner and other items.
Use shelves or cabinets to hold heavy items like soil and seed on the bottom, unused garden pots on the next shelf up, shallow bins for small hand tools on the third shelf, and light items like landscape fabric, bird netting and tarps on top.
Keep heavy items lower to the ground.
Keep sharp items below eye level, with the blades or tines facing down and toward the wall to avoid injury.
Creating a Gardening Workspace
Setting up a functional and efficient workspace for potting and planting will help you all season long. Workbenches are an excellent choice for your garage design if you’re someone who enjoys gardening and DIY projects. A potting workbench will give you extra room to pot plants and flowers as well as keep your gardening equipment. Add as much work surface to your garage system as you need for your gardening projects.
Maximizing Storage Space
Investing in a custom storage solution for your gardening tools will help you maximize the available space and keep things tidy while allowing you the flexibility to play with the designs you prefer that fit your specific needs. There are many different, effective and beautiful custom storage options for you to try, including:
Cabinets & Shelving
Whether you need a locker for tools, sports equipment or seasonal items, a garage cabinet system will help you stay organized and make it easier to categorize your items and store them according to your preferences. You can also choose what shelving you need— shoe racks for storing shoes, small item shelves for random small stuff, or bin-sized shelves.
If you want to make some items more easily accessible without having to dig through drawers, wall shelving is a lifesaver. Slat walls— which tend to last longer then other shelving systems— are a perfect example of wall storage that help you keep the floor clear. Consider adding tool racks to your Slatwall system to create more storage options.
Seasonal Garage Storage
Head into the height of gardening season with a perfectly organized and tidy garage that will function the way you want it. It’s time to put away the snowblower and pull out the lawnmower. Evaluate what you will need this season and move those items to the forefront of your garage.
Lawnmower Storage: Your best bet for your lawnmower is to keep it in the garage on a clean, dry floor. When storing a lawnmower, you want to pick somewhere that does not experience large changes in temperature, as that can cause condensation to occur. Most importantly, the space needs to be dry, as any moisture will cause rust and completely damage your lawnmower.
Lawn equipment & Garden Tools: Depending on your preference and the garden tools you want to store, you can customize a slat wall for this purpose, or store smaller gear in a built-in workbench section. Webfoot can help you design either custom solution.
Custom garage cabinets for everything: Garage cabinets put clutter out of sight and out of mind. Custom cabinets give you efficient garage storage that meets your exact needs. As a result, you can make the most out of your garage’s square footage.
Seasonal Decor: As the weather changes, so should your indoor and outdoor decor. Take down seasonal winter decorations and store them in appropriate storage units. Using overhead storage is perfect for seasonal decor that you won't have to access all season long.
Concrete Coating as Flooring
We ask a lot of our garage floors, and concrete coatings can extend the life and durability of this vital part of the home. With gardening comes mud, dirt, spills, and mess…that’s part of the fun! Luckily, concrete coated floors are extremely easy to clean. In fact, one of the primary reasons for having a floor coating is the ease of maintenance. Because our coatings are non-porous, oils and other fluids will not seep in and stain permanently. No special products needed here, all it takes is soap and water to clean a Webfoot coating.
Because these coatings are typically easy to clean, you will not need any heavy-duty cleaning equipment or products. Instead, it is best to use soft brushes and mops to clean the surface of your floor. And if you plan to spend more time in your garage, whether alone or with loved ones, a beautiful yet easy-to-clean floor coating that makes it easier to maintain is an investment you'll be glad you made over time.
Maintaining an Organized Garage
Start with an organized garage, and stick with an organized garage. We have a few strategies for maintaining your gardening garage storage solutions.
We highly recommend labeling the outside of your tote, bins, and baskets to help you determine better what items are stored in what bin. Labels are your best friend when it comes to organizing and finding ways to improve garage storage. Sticking labels on bins to tell you what’s in each one will make finding the things you need when you need them so much easier. Having a place for every tool will help you stay motivated to keep your garage organized.
Rotate Seasonal Items
When you’re storing your winter gear through the spring, you want everything in a place that you can access when it’s time to take them out again but won’t be in the way of your other storage. The garage is your best friend here!
Map Out Your Plan
Many people find it helpful to draw out plans based on the things that they use. For instance, you may decide that one corner of your garage is the lawn equipment corner, one shelf is for your hand tools, that shelf is for potting soil, and so on. It’s a lot easier to maintain your gardening garage storage if you have an idea of how you want to store your necessities.
Choose Webfoot for Everything Storage
Whether it’s creating your dream gardening workbench, a slat wall for tool organization, or an easy-to-clean concrete coated floor. We believe in the functionality and value of our storage solutions, but you don’t have to take our word for it, we pride ourselves on our years of experience in the industry and top-rated customer service and communication. Experience a one-on-one design process with our professional Design Consultant to understand your usage and storage needs. Contact us to schedule today.