If you have been utilising your shed as a dumping ground for your outdoor belongings, including some excess and bulky stuff from your home, you can start by sorting out everything. We advise grouping all of your tools, equipment and other stored goods, then sort out what you use regularly.
For instance, set aside your lawn mower, trimmer, and other gardening tools and equipment that you will be needing for preparing your garden for spring. Meanwhile, you can dispose of anything that is broken or that you rarely use.
With the wares that are left, sort them out into three piles depending on how often they get used. If you use your gardening tools regularly, place them near the shed entrance or in a palace where they can be grabbed easily. On the other hand, your Christmas decorations can be stored in a box and hide them for awhile.
Shed Spring Cleaning #2: Make Way for New Storage
If you live in a colder area, you probably have not touched or used your gardening tools over the course of winter, while your garden is lying dormant. Your untouched garden needs some cleaning so do your tools.
Wipe off any surface rust, dirt and grime on your shovels, shears, trowels, and the rest of your garden equipment. You can put them back in their respective storage or hang them in the rightful heavy-duty hangers after. When the spring arrives, your tools are ready to be used for the new season.
Our gardening experts, however, advise you to prepare your garden tools for winter. Cleaning them regularly is ideal, but at the least make sure they are cleaned before putting them away for the cold season.
Clean all your equipment thoroughly with a coarse metal brush to scrape dirt off. Follow it up by rubbing them in a dry or damp rag to dry. If there is any left rust, rub it with a piece of sandpaper.
Keeping your tools clean and storing them properly after each use, regardless of the season, is essential if you want them to last. Moreover, clean tools work more effectively and are easier to use. Make it a habit to clean up your tools after utilising them.
Shed Spring Cleaning #4: Check for Any Unwanted Visitors
Winter is usually the time when a lot of pests seek shelter to cover, and a garden shed can be a target for rodents and other bugs to escape the cold. So when cleaning your outbuilding for spring, you will want to make sure that your shed has not and will never become a home for any pesky bugs that can eventually wreak havoc on.
Here’s how you can keep your shed pest-free:
- Trim any vegetation around your shed
- Avoid stacking firewood near your outbuilding
- Don’t store garbage cans inside your shed
- Keep all containers and bags completely sealed, especially if they contain seeds, soil, or fertiliser. Bugs will always find a way to get in if they catch the scent of something.
- Bugs often like to lay their eggs standing water, so don’t let standing water accumulate.
Shed Spring Cleaning #5: Prep It for the Season
After cleaning the interior of your shed, it deserves some exterior makeover as well! A splash of paint colour is an excellent way to refresh and improve its overall appearance.
It could be a green-toned paint if you want to blend your outdoor building with nature or a nice neutral tone like beige or tan if you want it to stand out. If you own a metal-sided shed, keep it clean and neat by repainting the siding.
Here are some things you need to consider before repainting:
- Use an oil-based paint to seal up the holes, preventing the pest from entering.
- Think of what method of painting you want to use. Paint gun or brush?
- Apply the paint in thinner coats so that it doesn’t run.
Spring Cleaning Your Garden Tips
For most gardeners, spring can be an overwhelming time to start their growing season. But before they can ever make the most out of the sunny days in their gardens this time of the year, spring cleaning is a must.
By following this checklist, not only will you be able to escape and spend more time in your garden during isolation, but this will give your garden a fresh, new look just in time for spring and summertime!
- Prune Perennials
- Remove Mulch
- Spring Raking
- Prune Spring-Blooming Trees and Shrubs Accordingly
- Clean up Your Vegetable Patch
- Pull out the Weeds
- Fertilise Evergreens
- Edge Garden Bed
If you want this month to be more exciting and make the most of the Spring season in times like this, why not take a look at our April Gardening Tips and Chores, and let the spring gardening begin!
With a bit of time and effort, you can turn your shed into a spring-ready garden haven. Make sure to keep this shed spring cleaning guide and make the most out of it throughout the season!