Even though the moody weather may have us feeling doubtful, summer is officially here. And for many homeowners, that means dedicating more time to household maintenance and yard work. Whether you’ve recently moved into your first home or are just gearing up for the season, having a well-stocked shed can make all the difference when you can grab what you need for those DIY projects. Not sure how to stock it properly? To make your lawn and housework easier, here are some handy things you should have in your backyard shed.

Shovel & Spade

Shovels and spades are always essential staples to have for landscape and garden care. And though you may be wondering, “aren’t they the same thing?” they’re actually quite different. Shovels are handy from digging and scooping out dirt. They’re ideal when you need to dig out trees, loosen soil or remove it. A spade, on the other hand, is the tool you’ll want when you need to slice through hard, compact turf and soil. With a straight edge, it will make those tough jobs effortless.

Pruning Sheers

With the combination of heat, humidity, and moisture, the garden scape can grow rapidly during the summer months. And once those hedges and plants start to take off, you’ll have to keep on top of them to maintain their shape and keep your exterior looking prim and proper. There’s a variety of different sheers and pruners to choose from. Some are useful for cutting through thicker branches while others are ideal for those that are thin and more delicate. Be sure to know what you need before purchasing, or ask your local garden expert what they recommend for your type of vegetation.

Blade Sharpener

One important thing that you should have in your backyard shed that many people forget about is a blade sharpener. Cutting the lawn with a dull, rusted blade can do more harm than good to it. It can leave the grass looking ragged and rough, which can eventually turn it brown. Cutting with a sharp blade will promote healthy roots, prevent disease and keep it growing strong.

Safety Glasses

Whether you’re weed whacking the lawn’s edge or chainsawing some branches, safety glasses are always an essential item to have on hand when you’re tackling any projects that could impact your eyes. It doesn’t matter how small the job may seem, if there’s a potential for debris to land in your eyes, it worth throwing them on to safeguard your vision. Safety should always come first, even when you’re working at home.


Don’t forget to stock up on some mulch! During the heat waves and windy summer storms that can whip up out of nowhere, your plants will need some extra protection. Mulch can help to retain moisture, protect the roots, stifle weed growth, and it can make your landscape look clean and sharp. So it’s always a good idea to stock up on some extra bags of mulch to toss it on whenever it grows thin around your vegetation.

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