The Scoop on Soil Scoops; Reviews of the Best

Soil scoop review (7)As a landscaping professional, I have very little patience for inefficient tools. That’s why I can never understand why so many people favor a tool as insipid and useless as a trowel. Do you need a weeding tool, or something to plant bulbs or tiny plant starts with? If so, a sharp, straight-bladed hori hori is a much better choice. Do you want a garden scoop for filling planters with potting soil and planting containers? If so, a soil scoop is the tool for you.

Soil scoop review (1)Here, I’ve tested and compared three standout brands of soil scoop. They each have differences such as handle style, size of scoop, and the features of the scoop itself, such as whether the blade is serrated or smooth, or whether it has a sharp hook to slice open bags of potting soil.

Before I give you a rundown of the differences so that you can tell which one will be best for you, here are some photos of my favorite three soil scoops, both front and back, so you can get an idea of their comparative sizes and shapes:

Left to right – Radius Garden Scooper, Garden Works Soil Scoop, DeWit Potting Scoop

I’ve long been a fan of Radius Garden’s tools, because they are one of the few companies which pays close attention to ergonomics. I work with such a wide variety of people – gardening professionals, older people, and passionate gardeners with disabilities – and everybody (even the 20-something guys on my landscaping crew) seems to appreciate the wide, comfortable, nonslip grip of the Radius Garden line. The grip on their hand tool line is particularly helpful for those with arthritis, because you can hold the tool in a variety of ways.

This scooping tool has the widest scoop of any of the brands I tested (so it holds plenty of soil), yet has a shallower dish than the DeWit brand, making it easier to maneuver when planting. It also has gently serrated sides, so you can open that bag of potting soil or score the roots on young starts. Though I personally would’ve placed the serrations a little closer to the front of the scoop to make it easier to open bags of potting soil (it takes a little doing to git’ er done), I’m guessing the manufacturers were trying to make the tool a little less likely to cut us, which I’m sure is a worthy goal, my own penchant for lethality in tools notwithstanding.


Tricam Gorilla Carts GOR200B Poly Garden Dump Cart with Steel Frame and 10-Inch Pneumatic Tires, 600-Pound Capacity, 36-Inch by 20-Inch Bed, Black Finish
Lawn & Patio (Tricam)
  • Garden cart moves heavy supplies and has a patented quick-release dump feature to make unloading fast and easy
  • Designed with a 36-inch by 20-inch rust resistant poly bed, steel frame and black finish
  • Padded straight handle for pulling comfort and 10-inch pneumatic turf tires to tackle any terrain
  • 600-pound hauling capacity, height of 20-inches and weighs 35-pounds
  • Comes with a 1-year limited warranty

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