Written by April Reinhardt (last updated March 14, 2022)
There is a tree in my front yard that has suckers that grow from the roots. The suckers grow straight up, and have reached embarrassing heights of sometimes four feet. I know for certain that I should cut the suckers when they sprout to one inch, since they are still tender, pliable, and easily cut at that height. Often, however, it is easier to watch the suckers grow than it is to find my long-handled pruners in a garage full of clutter. I have a peg board in our garage that houses all of my garden tools, but getting to the peg board is no easy feat since I have to navigate the obstacle course of empty boxes, spider-filled coolers, and garbage bags full of bubble wrap my husband insists will come in handy some day.
So, while I can stand against the far wall of the garage and look longingly to the other wall and see all of my garden tools lined up precisely on my pegboard, gleaming from the last time I cleaned them, I cannot get to them easily. I need to find a better way to store my garden tools. I know how to store them, I just need to find a more accessible place to store them, and then make the area husband-proof. Follow these guidelines for storing your garden tools:
At the end of each growing season, inspect wooden handles for cracks, breaks, or splinters and replace the handle or the entire tool. Drain your lawnmower, garden tiller, and gas-powered weedeater of oil before storing them for the winter. Protect your children from harm by locking away chemicals, pesticides, and sharp tools.
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