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How to Pack and Move your Shed & Gardening Tools

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

If you’ve read this far, it means that you’re committed to gardening and you probably have a lot of gardening tools, as well as plants. Here’s how to pack and transport these safely too: 

1. Think ahead

Your gardening supplies are unique in shape and size. So, one thing you need to make sure of is that you have all the proper packing materials before starting. These should include: 

  • Bubble wrap for protecting items 
  • Paper for filling the extra space
  • Moving blankets for large pieces
  • Boxes of various sizes
  • Packing tape

2. Organise your tools

It’s best to start by organising your tools. Thus, afterwards, when you’re packing them, you’ll have things under control and the process will be much easier. Start by grouping tools, which are roughly the same size and after that take a careful look at them. You might not need to move everything. If you haven’t looked at your garden shed in a while, there’s a chance that you might have duplicates of tools, or that you’ve kept some tools which are chipped and damaged. Now would be the time to throw away such instruments. Also, think ahead. At your new place, you might have limited space and it’s possible that you won’t need some of the tools. 

3. Clean your tools

Before you pack your gardening tools you need to clean them. If you’re transporting them yourself, it would be a good idea to clean them beforehand, if you want to avoid dirt being transferred to your vehicle. The same goes if you’ve hired professionals. They may even refuse to do the service if your tools are dirty. As well as that, it will be much better for you if your tools are clean and ready to use when you come to your new place.

4. Hand tools first

Start by wrapping small sharp tools, like garden shears or hand garden rakes in bubble wrap. This is a very important step if you want to avoid injuries during the move. After that instead of using large boxes for everything, use smaller boxes for your hand tools in order to save space. Once you put the tools in, fill the remaining space with packing paper or old newspaper and secure the boxes with packing tape.
One really obvious option for moving your power tools is to simply pack them in the cases you brought them in. If you still have these, make the most of them and save yourself the headache of finding boxes strong enough to carry tonnes of tools.

5. Large tools

Gardening experts share, that the best way to pack larger gardening tools is to tie them together with a rope or tape and after that wrap them in moving blankets and secure them again with packing tape. Remember not to bundle up too many tools together. This will make it much more difficult to load them on the moving vehicle and can also lead to back injuries. You can once again use boxes of the appropriate size, but it will be unnecessary if you’ve already secured them with blankets.  

6. Avoid Spills

To avoid a fuel leak or oil spill inside your removalist truck, drain the fuel and oil from your lawn mowers, line trimmers, leaf blowers and any other equipment that runs on fuel. It might seem like a bit of a hassle but dealing with a fuel leak during the move will definitely grease your irritation more. On top of this, fuel and oil leaks are potential hazards.

If you need help moving your gardening tools, contact one of our moving specialists today.

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