Tips For Organizing Your Yard Equipment

Have you ever gone to your garden shed and found that your yard equipment is in a mess all the time? If this is a fact, then this short article is here to give you some tips on how you can organize your equipment so it is easier to find. Here are a few simple tips to get you started.

Tip 1. The first thing you should do is clean out your shed and place everything on the lawn. Throw away anything that is not being used or is rubbish, this way you will have more room when putting the equipment back in.

Tip 2. The next thing you can look at is working out if you can hang anything like hedge trimmers or whipper snippers on the walls. Make up some simple hooks with some hard wire that can support the weight of your machine. By hanging some of the more flexible items on the walls it leaves you with some extra space on the floor.

Tip 3. If you have things like fuel and other nick knacks that are needed for your machines, why not look into buying some cheap storage boxes that can pack all this into. Storage boxes are great for keeping everything in a tidy compact spot.

Tip 4. If you have things that can be placed on shelves, why not do a little DIY craftsmanship and build a small set of shelves for those things that cannot be placed in a storage box. Shelves come in handy when you have to place something where you can find it.

Tip 5. When placing the rest of your equipment into your shed, set it so it is in a neat row or line that is not too cluttered. If you can make a walking area between your equipment then you can easily walk through your shed and pick the machine that you need without falling over everything.

So as you can see there are many ways of organizing your yard equipment, so why not get started today. You may even find something that you have not seen in a long time.

Using Solar Panels to Power Your Yard Equipment

Solar power is a great alternative energy source, but it has its limits. For example, obviously, the sun has to be shining for the solar cells to generate any electricity. In my area, the spring, summer and fall months generally see the most sunshine (okay, maybe not so much in the fall…) Coincidentally, this is also the time of year when I spend a lot of time outdoors doing chores – raking leaves, gardening, cutting the lawn, trimming hedges, etc.

So, the question I asked myself is…how can I combine my interest in alternative power (solar power) with making my yard chores easier?

The answer was obvious – harness solar power and use it to power my yard equipment. There are three pieces of equipment in my shed I use regularly that use some sort of energy: lawnmower (which uses gas), leaf blower (electricity), trimmer (electricity).

First, the lawnmower. It uses gas, so I had to either convert it to run on water or another alternative fuel, or perhaps get an electric one. Through Craigslist, I was able to trade my old gas lawnmower for an electric one, otherwise the electric one would cost $50. I prefer to buy it used rather than spend $300+ on a new one.

Now I hate cords, because I’m always afraid that I’m going to run the darn thing over. I love the freedom of just walking around without worrying. So I need another solution. I grabbed an inexpensive power inverter that was small enough to fit on the lawnmower, and rigged it on using screws. I connected the inverter to the power cord of the lawnmower using a 6ft medium duty 14 gauge extension cord. Now I just need a DC power source.

This is where the solar power comes in. I have a 2 panel solar array and a few sealed lead acid batteries. The solar array is connected to the batteries through a charge controller and diode array (so the batteries don’t lose their power when the solar array isn’t producing electricity). So I found a nice medium duty batter (used to be in a motorcycle) and connected it to the array. Within a sunny day or two, the battery was charged and I was ready to go.

I connected the batter to the inverter, and strapped it on using a bungee cord. I fired up the lawnmower and adjusted the inverter. Success! The lawnmower started and I can cut my lawn, about 1/4 acre, on solar power.

Now, the other two items. Well, I happen to have a second inverter near the solar battery panel. I took the inverter, connected it to the battery bank and fed it into a normal AC outlet that is laying in the garage. The other two pieces of equipment (trimmer and leaf blower) I don’t mind being corded, so I simply plug right into the outlet in the garage that is powered by solar power and presto!

I’ve managed to take 3 common pieces of yard equipment and “convert” them to run on solar power. You can do the same thing with walk lights, decorative fixtures, even security lights or ones on timers. All it takes is a little imagination, and a few sunny days!

Today’s Yard Equipment Makes Easy Work Out of Yard Maintenance

Yard equipment; ah, the feeling of making your first money from mowing the neighbor’s lawn. In the fifties, mowing the lawn was good for a dollar or two for sweating in the hot sun pushing the mower over the grass. Once motorized lawn mowers became popular it was easier and quicker to cut the grass and you could even charge more for it. But you didn’t really evolve until you made it to your first riding mower. The riding mower was the best. It made a job seem more like fun. Kids begged to mow the lawn. Even mothers didn’t seem to mind the lawn work.

Lawn equipment in the early days wasn’t exciting. Your father went to Sears, Penny’s, and Montgomery Ward’s and bought whatever was sitting on the show floor. As the years went by, home improvement businesses like Lowe’s and Home Depot put many different brands and types out there for us to choose from. Owning a really nice riding mower became another step in “keeping up with the Jones”. Neighbors compared the John Deer to the Kubota. A rivalry over which mower makes the closest cut was sure to arise.

There are so many different types of electric tools for yard work that naming them is hard. There is a device that runs down the sidewalk and cuts the grass that is real close or a long item that looks like the nose on a swordfish that cuts the tops off shrubbery. There are smaller electric tools that will shape your shrubbery into beautiful and interesting topiary forms. There are small machines that look like a bulldozer that can be used in a yard to dig and to rearrange the landscape. Specialized tools are used to install and hook up an in ground sprinkler system.

You can’t forget about the lowly weed eater. Where would we be without this piece of equipment that made it easier to get rid of the weeds in our flower garden or next to the sidewalk, house and driveway? Sometimes it has even been necessary to mow the entire yard with the weed eater when the battery is dead on the mower or something else goes wrong with it.

Chainsaws make it easier for us to cut down trees or to cut up trees that have fallen down. Trimmers work on the shrubs and trees that line the driveway. Leaf blowers can be used to blow the leaves up into a pile or to suck them up into a bag to discard them. There are machines that are used to chip up branches and small trees. The wood chips can then be used as mulch for the garden.

Of course, if you plan to plant a garden you will need a tiller to turn over the ground and make your rows for planting. There are also smaller tiller type machines that can be used to remove the weeds that come up between the rows.