Get Organized with Top Garden Tool Storage Ideas

Updated: Feb. 09, 2023

Garden tool storage doesn't have to be a tricky task! Steal our readers best storage tips, including duffel bags, buckets and more.

As winter gives way to spring, many a gardener’s thoughts thaw to seed catalogs and flower beds, and decorating their landscape with a rainbow of vibrant blooms. (Or fruits and vegetables!) No matter what type of garden you’re growing, you’ll need tools to get the job done…and you’ll need a spot to keep them. That’s not always a simple thing; many garden tools seem constructed specifically to make storing them awkward. Here, Birds & Blooms readers share their ideas for garden tool storage.

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Readers Share Their Top Garden Tool Storage Tips

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“Load your small tools into a 5-gallon bucket. It’s easy to carry around, and the lid protects the tools from rain. It also doubles as a stool for weeding and pruning.” —Rose Guido of Woodbridge, Ontario

“I keep a bucket of sand in my shed. It keeps tools clean, dry and ready to use again.” —Sandy Spears of Ashland, Kentucky

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“I planted a mailbox in my flower garden for garden gloves and clippers.” —Susan Terry of Battle Creek, Michigan

“I use a duffel bag for my garden tool storage. It has so many pockets for all my favorites. If you get the kind with wheels, it glides across the grass easily —just make sure it’s washable.” —Bernadette Banville of Fall River, Massachusetts

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“Always clean garden tools before storing them—caked-on mud is much harder to clean later. This step helps preserve the tools.” —Sharon Schwieters of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

Psst—did you know you can repurpose these household items in your garden?

“I use a wicker bicycle basket attached to the back of the wagon on my riding mower. It’s deep enough to keep the tools from bouncing around but still manageable.” —Jana Erickson of Prole, Iowa

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