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Install a Storage Shed: You Won't Regret It

by Brett Freeman, All About Lawns Columnist

Numerous lawn care enthusiasts are using storage sheds to house their lawn and garden supplies. Why? Unlike your garage, which was designed to hold your car, your kids' bikes, and a bunch of boxes filled with things you'll never throw away, a shed is the perfect place to store your lawn mower, gardening tools, and landscaping supplies.

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Practically everybody keeps their lawn mower in the garage, but that's not by design, it's by default. If backyard storage sheds were standard equipment on new homes, putting your lawn mower in the garage would be as ridiculous as parking your car in the backyard. Consider:

  • If grass clippings and mud get on the floor of your storage shed, you can leave it there.
  • The smell of gasoline won't waft from the garage into the house if your gas can is in the garden shed.
  • Children will have a much harder time reaching sharp tools and lawn chemicals that are locked in a backyard storage shed.
  • A vinyl tarp can be harder to refold than a road map, but with a shed, you can simply shove it into a back corner and no one will likely care.
  • As you accumulate more and more lawn and garden tools, no one will complain that they're taking over the storage shed.
  • You'll never ding or scratch your car trying to squeeze the lawn mower past it if the mower is in the garden shed.

In addition to a cleaner garage, a storage shed can also lead to a more beautiful backyard. The simple convenience of having your gardening tools and supplies in the backyard makes it much more likely that you'll zap the earliest tufts of crabgrass with weed spray as soon as you notice them, or sprinkle a little extra plant food under a bush that seems to be struggling.

Install a storage shed in your backyard this spring. By fall, you'll wonder how you ever managed without it.

About the Author
Brett Freeman is a freelance journalist. He also owns a landscaping and irrigation company in North Carolina. Previously he has worked as a beat reporter, a teacher, and for a home improvement company, and he used to own a bar/live music venue.

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