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How to Prep Your Backyard Shed for Winter

Storage sheds are perfect for keeping your lawn and gardening tools dry and protected from rain and in some parts of the country – winter weather! Of course, you’ll experience the best protection if you prepare your shed for winter with our off-season tips. If you haven’t already done so, follow these steps to winterize your backyard shed whether your area gets snow or not.

Make Improvements to the Shed

First things first—empty the shed so you can get a good look at the condition of the floor, walls, and roof. Here’s what to do:

  • Sweep out the shed. Make sure the floor is free of debris that could attract bugs, rodents, and other pests.
  • Patch any cracks or holes. Do an interior and exterior inspection, looking for gaps that could invite cold air and rodents to enter your backyard shed. Use caulk and spray foam to fill any holes you find.
  • Inspect the weather-stripping around windows and doors. If it’s cracked or splitting, replace it. If no weather-stripping is installed, now is a good time to add it.
  • Check the roof for leaks and weak spots. Holes in the roof could allow water to drip inside your shed, potentially causing damage. Weak spots make your shed particularly vulnerable since the entire roof is prone to collapse if a big snowstorm hits. Patch the roof with new shingles or hire Mr. Handyman for the job.

Store Tools & Equipment Properly

With the shed sealed and weatherproofed, it’s time to re-add your items for storage. Here’s how:

  • Toss any broken or unwanted items. Your shed can accumulate a lot of clutter over the years. While you prepare your shed for winter, consider the items you no longer need and sell or throw them away.
  • Clean your tools before storing them. While the shed is empty and your gardening supplies are out on the lawn, take the time to clean them. A quick hose down removes caked-on mud and dirt from most tools. Let these items air dry before storing them. You might also want to spray metal tools with a lubricant to prevent rusting.
  • Store items on shelves. Open shelves and cabinets are suitable for storing flower pots, watering cans, fertilizer, pesticide, and cans of paint. They’re also useful for keeping power tools off the floor, where water from a stray leak could cause damage. Label the shelves to improve the overall organization in this space.
  • Store organic items in waterproof packaging. To prevent mold growth in soil and mulch, transfer to waterproof bags before storing them on a shelf in your shed.
  • Hang items from hooks. By mounting large equipment to the wall, you maximize storage space in your backyard shed. Hooks are useful for hanging shovels, rakes, brooms, garden hoses, ladders, and even bikes. Label the hooks so you know what goes where.
  • Store motorized garden tools without any fuel. Empty your lawnmower, edger, and leaf blower of gasoline before tucking them away in the storage shed.
  • Cover your tools and equipment with a tarp. This prevents dust from settling on them so you don’t have to clean your tools and equipment again next spring.

Now that you know the tricks to winterize your backyard shed, it’s time to get to work! For assistance with this project or other home improvement tasks, request service from the Mr. Handyman near you or call (877) 256-3376. We offer repair, maintenance and improvement services for homes and businesses.