garden tools

Garden tools piling up? Check out these simple DIY organizers. ATTRIBUTION: Abby Lanes (Flickr)

Rakes, trowels, and hand cultivators are tools of the trade for most gardeners. However, garden tools can quickly add up, making your storage space appear cluttered. If you’re like me, you want to find the equipment you need quickly. To achieve a stress-free gardening zone, I use a variety of organizers. Organizing your garden tools doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, there are many garden organizers you can make yourself using or reusing items you already own.

PVC Pipe Organizer

PVC pipes are durable, versatile, and affordable, making them an excellent option for garden tool organization. To create a PVC pipe organizer, cut a PVC pipe into 12″ sections. Each section will be used to hold a different garden tool. Next, drill holes into each pipe and mount the pipe pieces to the wall. Spades, forks, hoes, and other garden tools can then be organized against the wall, secured by the pieces of PVC pipe.

Pallet Garden Organizer

A great way to reuse an old wooden pallet is to transform it into a garden tool organizer. Shipping pallets can often be found free at hardware or furniture stores. Attach the pallet directly to the wall of your garage or garden shed near the floor. Slide your large garden tools in vertically between the front and back slats to make them stand upright. You can also attach hooks to the front of the pallet to hold watering cans, hoses, and other hangable tools.

Garden Table Organizer

Pallets are highly versatile and can be used to make outdoor furnishings, too. If you’re handy with power tools, you can build a pallet table to store your garden tools and provide room for you to work on potting plants and other tasks. The pallet acts as a table surface while standard 2×4 boards are used as support legs. These garden tables also can be put on wheels, allowing you to push them in and out of your garage or shed. You can also add hooks and shelves to hold additional supplies.

Mailbox Tool Organizer

Something as simple as an old mailbox can make an effective garden tool organizer. Simply install a package-size mailbox onto a post in your backyard or garden area. Store small hand tools like trowels, weeders, handheld hoes, and cultivators in the mailbox for easy access. Storing your garden tools in a mailbox will also keep them clean, dry, and free from rust.

Metal Rake Organizer

If you have a rusty old rake laying around, put it to good use. Mount the rake head onto your garage or shed wall and use it to hang your garden tools. Many standard hand tools have holes in the handles that easily fit over the tines of a rake. If the holes in your tools are not large enough, simply tie a piece of leather or twine onto each garden tool and hang it from the tines. A metal rake organizer also doubles as a decorative item. Use it to display your antique or inherited gardening tools!