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Our Tool Shed Tour and Preparing our Winter Lawn
This post is sponsored by Fiskars.
I realized I never talked much about our tool shed. Once we redid the photo studio, I kicked out the garden tools. I’m the luckiest girl to have my own office space and my own photo studio, thanks Mr. Wonderful! We agreed it would be messy to drag garden tools, lawn mower included, through the photo studio so we hired a handyman to build this tool shed around the back of the photo studio where the bunnies used to roam. Oh bunnies, those were the days.
As you can see the toolshed is to the left when you’re looking at the south side of the photo studio.
It has our bikes, lawn mowers and garden tools. There’s a light in there and outlets to charge our tools! It’s the ultimate tool shed!
We also have shelves and I bought orange baskets from Wayfair for the tools and honestly think you can get equal quality at the dollar store if you know what I’m saying. I wanted orange since we have a lot of orange and black tools, the garden tools just seem to be those colors! Yes, I was trying to color coordinate the tool shed, tee hee!
We are a huge fans of Fiskars if you can’t already tell by the orange and black tools we have. Some of our favorites: StaySharp Max Reel Mower, Steel D-handle digging shovel, Leaf Rake, D-handle Steel Garden Fork, Steel Rotary Cultivator, and of course more tools as you can see in this post I did earlier this spring talking about gardening tools and pruners.
I bought baskets to organize for bug spray, pesticides, one for garden irrigation, fertilizer, all that stuff.
We found the tool hanger/organizer at The Home Depot.
On the side of the tool shed you can see is the back of the heater/AC unit that keeps the photo studio comfortable when clients come over. We also added a concrete pad since we have flood irrigation and this is where the extra soil goes, bricks, just things we want to store and keep off the ground.
In a few months you are about to witness the most incredibly thick, vibrant green grass until our summer hits. Winter rye is about to make its home on my lawn and I’m tha-rilled! Perhaps some of you are scratching your heads, winter rye? You mean you have to plant it every year in Phoenix? Yes. Anywhere else? Let me know in the comments.
The summer is so brutal here it kills our grass, so we must plant winter rye grass every fall. It’s annoying, like incredibly labor intensive – mow down the Bermuda to the lowest possible, almost the ground (which is a weed technically that we use as summer grass) so it goes dormant and we plant the winter rye when temperatures here are around 70-80. Takes about 2-3 weeks, a month is when it’s definitely good to go.
This timing usually is around Halloween which is just the funniest time as kiddos are running across neighborhood lawns collecting candy door to door so we’re like taping off corners like a crime scene – but usually the local kids and their parents are always looking for signs of lawns being seeded. When you live here, you know what’s happening in October. *wink* Then there’s the birds who are just loving this season too, so you put out a ton of bird seed by your lawn so their bellies get fed there and they are too fat to start pecking your lawn seed. LOL, welcome to lawn seeding in the southwest! But it’s worth it.
Gilmour’s Flexogen hose is lightweight and has maximum kink resistance. These heavy duty quick connectors are everything, I have a handful of sets which make switching y watering tools on and off the hose so easy, pick up a few! I also have the Gilmour Circular Sprinkler in my hand and want to show you how powerful it is! This is helpful for dry spots in your yard, or in our case, when we are about to plant the winter rye. The coverage is out of this world too!
Look at it go.
I mean here I am just watching the sprinkler go, minding my own business when suddenly –
PHEW was that close!
We will be getting ready for our winter rye in no time and my garden beds are ready! I am trying to remember what order I plant, my rye first, or my garden beds. Don’t want to crunch the winter rye seed when I’m in the garden!
I can’t wait to get out there and plant and enjoy some lovely weather! In Phoenix our planting season is just about to begin. Wahoo!
Thank you Fiskars for sponsoring this post.