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For some of you keen gardeners storage space isn’t a problem. The two-car garage isn’t used much because of the driveway, and there’s a large shed to put the other tools in. This might not be the case for all of us gardeners; those who use allotments or live in built-up areas or city apartments, or smaller gardens with less space for storage. Maybe you do have plenty of storage space but your lawnmower still sits outside, getting rusty and offending the neighbors’ eyes.
A general rule is this: you have to store your garden tools; there’s no getting around it. Leaving them outside means leaving them exposed to the elements, and unless you enjoy replacing your tools every few months (no one I know does), then you need to store them.
First up – the garden shed. Most allotments will come with a shed that are suitable for the purposes needed on your allotment. But it’s always worth making sure that it is fully resistant to water and snow. Check that the window is properly sealed and add extra locks, and also check door hinges. A simple shed is also a great addition to any sized garden and they can add to the aesthetic feel of your garden, and some are so elaborate that they can be used for several other functions.
The garage, well, if it’s anything like my garage, it is more of a utility room, stroke tool shed, and…a hording bunker, but let’s keep on subject. The garage isn’t an ideal place to store garden tools as it gets cold and damp, making it good for security but not for the actual tools.
If you are thinking of using a garage then it might be worth considering segregating parts of the garage and making them waterproof. This can be done with some simple wooden boxing or metal storage containers. You can do this yourself or seek professional help. Look about the internet for DIY advice and companies/handymen.
Now, this next tip is going to come as a potential surprise: Plastic storage containers. Sounds ridiculous, but follow this train of thought. Most plastic containers are cheap; they come in a variety of sizes, and, they usually fit together, making them excellent for self storage purposes. They can fit into your garage or shed, making your garden tools even more protected.
There are other options for people who have little or no space to store their tools or garden equipment at their home. Various companies offer self storage facilities that can be accessed on a regular basis. Do some researches on this for companies that offer self storage units that guarantee security, regular access, and the cheapest price?
Your garden tools are what help to keep your garden looking its best so treat them with the care they deserve.
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With summer well and truly over and Autumn upon us, the colder months are set to roll in and cover our much-loved gardens with ice, snow and the other weather extremes that winter is known for. However, there are a number of steps you can take to prepare your garden leaving it much easier to get back to its best come spring.
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