Top 10 Tools For Gardening

By Amy Grant | July 22, 2017
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by Amy Grant
July 22, 2017

Every beautiful garden is the result of someone’s hard work. To accomplish this, gardeners rely on specific tools. Some only need the basics and some need truly specialized tools. In my garden, I muddle along with a handful of basic tools such as a rake, spade, trowel, pruning shears and bypass pruners. Almost everything I need done in my landscape is accomplished with these tools, but there is one last tool that I love – my hori hori knife.

Although I love my hori hori, realistically, it can’t do everything in the garden. Even the novice gardener would benefit from investing in a few good tools. Which tools do you need in your garden? The following 10 tools are “must haves” for gardening.

1. Shovel – A good heavy duty shovel is always a must for really getting into the dirt and digging deep.

2. Spade – Also for digging, but designed differently, a spade’s blade is set at a straight angle. The spade is pushed into the soil using your foot and then you pull back on the handle and level the soil over.

3. Pitchfork – Pitchforks have slender, round tines that are used to move straw or compost.

4. Spading fork – Not to be confused with the pitch fork. Spading forks have flat tines and are used for heavy jobs such as digging in heavy clay soil.

5. Rake – These come in a variety of sizes and weights. It really all depends on what you want to use it for. Use a lighter weight, broad headed rake for raking up leaves and a sturdy iron rake to pulverize and level soil. Leaf rakes also come in ergonometric designs.

6. Hoe – A hoe is useful in the garden to help with weeding and cultivating.

7. Hand trowel – The ever-so-handy trowel is not only a basic necessity but certainly the first gardening tool I ever owned, as is the case with many gardeners. It is great for planting and digging smaller projects.

8. Hand pruners – When it comes to hand pruners, get the best ones you can afford. They also come in ergonometric designs, a boon to those of us with hand and wrist problems. I prefer ratchet pruners. They give me more power but with less strength on my end.

9. Bypass pruners – Bypass pruners are for jobs that are too large for hand pruners. They are also called loppers and are a must for branches over ¾ of an inch in diameter. They come in ratcheted forms, again, giving the gardener more power by multiplying your hand strength.

10. Hori hori knife – And, last but not least, the aforementioned hori hori. A hori hori is sometimes called a “soil knife” or a “weeding knife.” It is a heavy serrated steel blade that narrows to a point at the end with both sides wickedly sharp. This multi-purpose tool is good for weeding as the name implies, but also useful for a myriad of other tasks. I use it to make rows for seeding, to dig out root bound plants from pots, divide plants, dig holes for bulbs, etc. I really don’t think I could live without it. Hands down my “go to” tool in the garden.

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  • Amy Saunders
    Comment added December 20, 2021Reply

    Hi there! Wow, I really like it when you mentioned about how we can use a hoe to handle weed and cultivation. This reminds me of my aunt who has a small garden in her backyard. I'll certainly forward this article to her so she'll purchase the right equipment later.

  • Harini Alahari
    Comment added August 25, 2020Reply

    Very good information regarding the gardening tools for the beginners. Also I know an useful tool to check the moisture in the soil, that is Soil Moisture Indicator

  • Harini Alahari
    Comment added August 25, 2020Reply

    Very good information about the gardening tools. Also i like to add a new tool to check the moisture levels in the soil Soil moisture Indicator

  • Robert
    Comment added April 29, 2019Reply

    Thank you for sharing information on these tools...It was really helpful for my gardening.

  • Veronica FredAdvika Arora
    Comment added January 8, 2018Reply

    Yes !! All tools are that make gardening easier . I would like to share some other important tools like

    A HORI

    These all are also used in gardening .

  • Gardening Rakes
    Comment added December 5, 2017Reply

    Keep your garden beautiful with gardeningknowhow Garden Rakes, ideal for clearing leaves and garden debris, as well as being perfect for soil preparation too.Thanks for sharing excellent info.Garden rakes and hoes are essential for keeping your outdoor space tidy, and you’ll find a range of them here.I checked your site. There are several types of rakes available for your lawn or garden, and each one is used for a different.

  • Walter Langely
    Comment added November 7, 2017Reply

    Nice list...! Awesome garden tools reviews. This is very essential tools for every garden. I like your Tool list. I am full of inspiring now. This is very Unique tools. Thanks for sharing your Post.

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