Gardening Hand Tools Every Gardener Needs

Every gardener has to have a few basic gardening hand tools.

A Well-Used Garden Spade
© Steve Masley
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Whether you’re preparing soil in the spring, weeding, planting, turning the compost pile, or cleaning up in the fall, every gardening task has a set of garden tools to perform it.

Choosing the right tool for the task takes a lot of the strain out of gardening.

  • long-handled gardening tools, like shovels and rakes
  • short-handled tools, like spades and digging forks
  • hand cultivating tools, like trowels, cultivators, and weeders,
  • pruning tools, like hand pruners, loping shears, and pruning saws, and
  • water wands or watering cans.


Long Handled Gardening Tools

Long handled gardening tools are designed for reach, and are great for moving piles of materials or performing garden tasks with minimal bending and stooping. They’re easier on the back than short-handled gardening hand tools, especially when you have a lot of material to move, or you’re working long hours at one garden task, like raking.

There are some basic long-handled gardening tools every gardener should own: a round-nosed shovel, a flat shovel, a bow (steel) rake, a leaf rake, and a garden hoe. But there are also a few specialty tools, like an eye hoe, a long-handled cultivator, and a hula hoe, that make particular garden chores easier.

Round-Nosed Shovel

Flat Shovel 1

This Round-Nosed Shovel
has 10 Years Hard Use
© Steve Masley…Click IMAGE to Enlarge

A round-nosed shovel is the tool you’ll use almost every day you work in your garden, so it’s worth getting a good one. I like the Ames low-end contractor grade round-nose shovel. I’ve had mine for 12 years, and the handle is still sound, although the point is a little rounder than it was when I got it.

I’ve moved dozens of tons of material with this shovel (19 tons one week a while back). It’s stood up to moving hills of gravel, sand, and wheelbarrow load after wheelbarrow load of heavy California clay.

The best gardening hand tools are sturdy and well-made. With Ames pro tools, you get a well-made tool at a reasonable price, with the added satisfaction that it’s made in America.

Bow Rake 1 Garden Hoe 1 Long Handled Cultivator Eye Hoe 1

Source: www.grow-it-organically.com


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  • Avatar lost and confused Has anyone heard of a garden tool called hula hoe its for weeds?
    Jul 23, 2008 by lost and confused | Posted in Do It Yourself (DIY)
    • Yeah, they kept lending me one to use when I was weeding in our county park. Its a pain in the behind and I didn't find it the least useful.