ST. CLOUD -- Don't forget about your garden shed when doing your fall clean-up chores.

Beth Berlin is a horticulturist with the University of Minnesota Extension Office. She says water-based chemicals need to be stored where they won't freeze.

Other tips include putting seed bags in mouse-proof containers. Mice can wreak havoc on seed during winter months if its not stored in a metal or heavy plastic, sealed container.

Fertilizers should be stored in their original bags to preserve the instructions for use, but then placed in a sealed container preventing moisture from getting in contact with the product.

Berlin says it's also a good time to clean, repair, and sharpen your garden tools so you're ready for spring.