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Garden Tool Storage Outside - a few ideas


The Importance of Proper Garden Tool Storage Outside

Garden tools can be stored outside as long as the they can be protected from the worst of the weather and if the thing holding them is weather and water proof. A tool rack fixed to a wall, or even a fence, is the easiest way. Tools will rust less, and wooden handles will last longer, if they are protected by an overhang, carport, small roof or even a tarpaulin.

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When it comes to maintaining a beautiful garden, having the right tools is essential. However, it's equally important to store them properly to ensure their longevity. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore various creative and practical ways to store your garden tools outside, keeping them organized, protected, and always ready for use.

Here are a few ideas;

1. What size shed is best for garden tools?

If you have ample space in your backyard, consider investing in a small garden tool shed. A small shed provides secure and dedicated storage for your tools, keeping them protected from the elements. Look for a shed with built-in hooks, shelves, and compartments to keep everything tidy and easily accessible.

If it doesn't have in-built storage you can easily fit a Gearhooks wall mounted Garden Tool Rack inside the shed which will keep the floor clear for bigger items like a mower or wheel barrow.

You can even add some personality by painting the shed in vibrant colors, making it a delightful focal point of your garden.

2. What is the best way to store garden tools?

- utilise wall space

Whether you use a tool shed or not you should make the most of your available wall space. Install sturdy hooks or a garden tool rack on an exterior wall, creating a designated area for hanging your tools.

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This method not only saves space but also allows for quick and easy access to your gardening essentials. Just make sure to clean and dry your tools and give metal parts a quick spray with WD-40 before hanging them to prevent rust and deterioration. A small roof or covering them with a tarpaulin will keep the worst of the weather off the tools and make them last longer.

3. How do you make a simple garden tool rack?

- Get Creative with Repurposed Items

If you're on a budget or enjoy upcycling, consider repurposing old items for garden tool storage. For example, an old wooden ladder can be transformed into a rustic tool rack by attaching hooks to each step.

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You can also use PVC pipes to create holders for smaller tools or a caddy for your garden gloves. Let your imagination guide you, and turn unused items into functional and stylish storage solutions.

- Use Storage Containers

To protect your tools from rain and extreme weather conditions, consider storing them in weatherproof storage containers. Opt for containers made from durable materials like plastic or metal.

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Ensure they have secure lids to prevent water or pests from getting in. Label each container accordingly, making it easy to find the tools you need when it's time to work on your garden. Additionally, you can use dividers or foam inserts within the containers to keep your tools organized and prevent them from getting damaged.

4. Vertical garden tool storage

- Consider a Garden Tool Rack

If you prefer having your tools easily visible and within reach, consider installing a garden tool rack.

These racks usually have multiple slots or hooks, allowing you to hang your tools in an organized and easily accessible manner. They can be mounted on the side of a shed or even on a wall, providing an efficient solution for smaller outdoor spaces.

To avoid using up all your wall space choose a rack that allows tools to be hung one-behind-the other. This will significantly increase the number of tools you can store in a small space. 

- store garden tools on a Fence

If you have a garden fence, take advantage of this vertical space by installing a tool rack. This method is ideal for those with limited yard space or for those who prefer having their tools in close proximity to their garden beds. Attach a sturdy rack to your fence, and hang your tools for quick and hassle-free access during your gardening sessions. Just make sure the fence is strong enough and you fix the rack to thicker wooden sections so your neighbours don't have sharp screws on their side of the fence.

5. Optimize Garden Storage with a Trolley or Cart

For gardeners who frequently move around their yard or have larger gardens, using a trolley or cart can be a game-changer. These portable storage solutions allow you to keep your tools neatly organized and easily transport them wherever you need them. Look for a trolley or cart with different compartments and shelves to accommodate various tools and equipment, providing convenience and mobility as you tend to your garden. Cover this by storing it under a carport or with a tarpaulin. 

6. Implement a Tool Care Routine

Proper tool storage goes hand in hand with regular maintenance. After each use, take a few minutes to clean your tools thoroughly, removing any dirt or debris. Dry them completely to prevent moisture-related damage. Apply a thin layer of oil or WD-40 on metal surfaces to prevent rust formation. By implementing a tool care routine, you'll not only extend the lifespan of your tools but also reduce the need for frequent replacements.


Storing garden tools outside doesn't have to be a daunting task. With proper organization and a little creativity, you can create an efficient and stylish storage solution for your gardening essentials. Whether it's a dedicated shed, hanging hooks, repurposed items, storage containers, tool racks, or trolleys, the key is to keep your tools protected, easily accessible, and in excellent condition. By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to maintaining a well-organized garden tool collection that will serve you for years to come, ensuring your garden thrives with each passing season.

Further Reading

There are a lot of UK gardening organizations, websites, and blogs that can offer help with garden tool storage and all sorts of other gardening tips and ideas. Here are a few of the better known ones along with short descriptions and their web addresses:

A list of the major Gardening Organizations in the UK:

  1. Royal Horticultural Society (RHS):

    • Description: The RHS is a renowned gardening organization that provides expert advice, hosts garden shows, and promotes horticultural excellence.
    • Website: www.rhs.org.uk
  2. National Trust:

    • Description: The National Trust manages historic gardens and offers insights into gardening practices and heritage gardens across the UK.
    • Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
  3. Garden Organic:

    • Description: Garden Organic promotes organic gardening and sustainable practices, offering information on organic gardening methods and techniques.
    • Website: www.gardenorganic.org.uk
  4. The Wildlife Trusts:

    • Description: Focused on wildlife-friendly gardening, The Wildlife Trusts offer guidance on creating gardens that support local wildlife.
    • Website: www.wildlifetrusts.org

A list of the major Gardening Websites and Blogs:

  1. BBC Gardening:

    • Description: The BBC's gardening website provides a wealth of resources, including plant guides, advice, and inspirational ideas.
    • Website: www.bbc.co.uk/gardening
  2. The English Garden:

    • Description: The English Garden is a magazine and website dedicated to showcasing beautiful gardens in the UK, featuring articles, garden tours, and expert tips.
    • Website: www.theenglishgarden.co.uk
  3. Gardeners' World:

    • Description: The online counterpart to the popular TV show, Gardeners' World provides practical gardening advice, plant profiles, and a gardening forum.
    • Website: www.gardenersworld.com

A list of some of the best UK Gardening Blogs:

  1. The Middle-Sized Garden:

    • Description: This blog focuses on gardening in small to medium-sized spaces, offering practical tips and inspiration for gardeners with limited space.
    • Blog: www.themiddlesizedgarden.co.uk
  2. The Green Fingered Blog:

  3. Grow Like Grandad:

    • Description: This blog encourages eco-friendly gardening and offers advice on growing your own food and plants sustainably.
    • Blog: www.growlikegrandad.co.uk

These gardening resources offer a wealth of information, inspiration, and expertise for gardening enthusiasts in the UK.

If you need any more help or ideas take a look at our gardening blogs or get in touch by phone or email.

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