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Gardening tools

Gardening tools

What is Gardening?

Gardening is the growing of plants such as flowers, shrubs and trees as a hobby or recreation. Some people also grow vegetables or fruit in their gardens. People do gardening outdoors in the soil in their backyard, or in pots or containers on their balcony or on their patio. Some people do gardening on a roof.

People do indoor gardening inside their house or inside a building. Sometimes indoor gardening is done in greenhouses, which are special buildings where plants are grown. A greenhouse has a transparent glass or plastic roof and walls that let sunlight in. Water gardening is growing plants in ornamental pools and ponds. People doing water gardening plant water lilies and other aquatic plants.

Why is gardening tools important for gardening

Gardening tools are those tools which are used for gardening. It is very necessary for a person who wants to start planting because without this you cant do it. These are few most important tools to start gardening:


A trowel will easily be among the most used and important tools in your arsenal. It’s essentially a handheld shovel that you’ll use for moving soil, digging, removing weeds, mixing fertilizer and much more.

Garden trowels come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and are typically made of a combination of plastic or wood handles with stainless steel.

Bow rake

Rakes aren’t just for gathering leaves. A bow rake can be used to gather or clear loose debris around your garden, and they’re often made of sturdier steel than a leaf rake. This makes them better for light tilling work, weeding, leveling soil and spreading loose material like mulch.

Hand rake

If you’re working in a small area and don’t want to damage existing plants, you probably won’t want to break out the large rake for a small job. For this, you’d use a hand rake.

Hand rakes, similar to their larger siblings, come in multiple forms and are used for similar jobs, just on a smaller scale. For gathering or clearing debris, there are light duty hand rakes with flexible tines. But you’ll also find heavy-duty, steel hand rakes with stiff tines for breaking up soil and light tilling.


A hoe is a classic garden tool. There are a number of different types, but a draw hoe – with a flat blade at the end of a typically wooden handle – is the most common.

The blade is perpendicular to the handle, making it very handy for moving and shaping soil, and weeding. Hoes can also be used for digging narrow and shallow trenches for planting.


While gardening can be a wonderful hobby, it can quickly turn into a thorny and splintery hassle without the right pair of gloves.

  • Gloves should be durable but not too bulky, especially for working with seeds or transplanting seedlings.
    • Fit is important, as poorly fitting gloves can cause blisters or result in accidents from slipping off.
    • Fabrics that are water resistant, but also breathable, will help keep hands cool and comfortable.
    • Longer cuffs protect wrists and forearms from scratches and keep soil from getting in.
    • Store gloves out of sunlight, away from water and safe from insects.

Botanical photographer, Ellen Hoverkamp recommends Foxgloves. They are made of high-tech sport fabric that is water resistant, breathable, and provide a form fit that has been described as a ‘second skin’.

 Garden Fork

An efficient tool for turning soil, garden forks can dig into dense soil better than a spade.

  • Forks with a slight curve to the spines are useful for scooping mulch or turning compost piles, much like a pitchfork.
    • Straight tines are better for digging; great for compacted, rocky, or clay soil.
    • Square tines are stronger than flat tines which can bend when they hit a rock or root.

Landscape designer Genevieve Schmidt recommends the Radius Garden 203 Pro Ergonomic Steel Digging Fork. The stainless steel, square tines resist rusting and the ergonomic handle has a non-slip grip.


These short-handled square shovels are garden workhorses. They make easy work of digging holes for plants, edging, lifting sod, and moving small mounds of dirt from one area to another. This tool can be more on the pricey side, but a good spade will last you the rest of your gardening life.

  • Treads on top of the blade give a sturdier and more comfortable foot surface when needing an extra push.
    • Ash hardwood handles are durable and absorb shock and vibration.
    • Generally available with long or short handles. Longer handles provide more leverage, but are heavier.
    • Stainless steel heads are strong and won’t rust.

Executive director of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens William Cullina recommends the King of Spades Model 38 Balling Spade. It has a virtually unbreakable handle made from alloy tubing and a heat-treated blade with a sharp edge.

Watering Can

There are 2 basic types of watering cans, plastic or metal. There are hundreds of styles, colors, sizes and nozzle options.

  • Plastic cans can be lighter than metal, but won’t last as long.
    • Metal cans should be galvanized to resist rusting.
    • Consider the size of the can relative to your strength, a gallon of water weighs just over 8 pounds.
    • The handle position should allow you to carry a full can and also tip it to pour easily.
    • Two-handled designs allow for better stability for children or elderly gardeners.
    • You may need two: a larger one with a sprinkler head for outdoors, and a smaller, long-necked version for houseplants.

For outdoor use, our editors recommend the Bloem Deluxe Watering Can with a dual-handle design and removable sprinkle nozzle. It’s BPA free and has a 2.5-gallon capacity.

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