If you’re used to stuffing your garden tools in empty garbage in the back of a shed or have hem spread all over your garage, don’t be surprised if they don’t last long.
Gardening tools need proper maintenance and storage to keep their durability. Electric tools such as cordless hedge trimmers and pruning shears are particularly prone to breakdowns and can be expensive to replace every season. Whether you have an upcoming home renovation, you’re moving to a new place, or simply looking to declutter your garage, a storage unit can be a safe, secure, and accessible location to store your tools.
Here are several tips and tricks on how to store garden tools in a storage unit:
1. Preparation is key to having a positive garden tool storage experience. Take your time cleaning these tools before you place them into a storage unit.
For garden pots, containers, and metal tools like shovels and snips, use a garden hose to remove soil and prevent fungus and aphids from contaminating healthy plants in the future. Soak your garden items in soapy water for 15-20 minutes and carefully dry them with a microfiber cloth. You’ll also want to look for signs of rust, which can be easily removed using a rigid wire brush. If your tools feel gooey to the touch, you’re likely feeling insect residue. A touch of turpentine or Goo Gone should do the trick.
Next, sharpen blades, either with a 10-inch flat mill file or with a whetstone, if they are smaller. Battery-powered and electric tools such as lawnmowers, blowers, and chainsaws need to be fully charged before storage to retain their charge memory.
Lubricants and protective sprays are essentials when it comes to protecting all metal surfaces.
2. Organization matters, so rather than randomly placing items in the storage room, make the most of toolboxes and affordable cabinets.
Stackable plastic bins are another great option for smaller garden tools and they also help maximize space.
Bundle together and wrap long-handled tools. Place nails, screws, and nuts in empty cans or containers with secure lids, and place cordless tool batteries in their initial case or cushioned bags, along with any accessories.
Large flexible plastic buckets and pegboard racks made of durable materials are other practical ways to store small garden tools.
Get creative by repurposing a mailbox for items like gardening gloves, scissors and small pruning shears. Mail sorting units can serve a similar purpose, thanks to easy-to-access compartments.
3. Select the right storage unit size.
Ideally, you’ll want an indoor storage unit with convenient drive-up access, so you can drop off and pick up your items without pulling a muscle or breaking your back.
Temperature control is another key feature to look for when shopping around for storage units. At Fairfax City Self Storage, we offer temperature-controlled storage units for drive-up, ground level, or second-floor access. Keeping your tools at just the right temperature will ensure they are protected against humidity and heat damage.
Optimized Storage Units
When you choose Fairfax City Self Storage, aside from ample space, you also benefit from 24/7 keypad gate access via a central entry and exit point, as well as enhanced 24-hour security.
Every rented unit comes with a free moving truck. Other perks include:
- Complementary hand-carts
- Supplies for moving and packing
- Auto LED lighting in every building and loading area
Contact Us Today
Fairfax City Self Storage has a reputation for providing top storage conditions at our strategically placed location for all your items, not just garden tools. This includes bedding, paintings, furniture, and even motorcycles and cars.
For inquiries about unit sizes, contact us today, or give us a call at (703) 978-1200. Our specialists will suggest a storage solution that fits your specific requirements and budget.