Top Gardening Tools You Need

Top Gardening Tools You Need

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As a gardener, when you have all the right tools at your disposal not only will gardening be much easier and you’ll be more productive, but you will also have more fun during the process. After all, gardening is supposed to be something that you enjoy, and not something that you dread. 

You’re sure to run into several situations where you need different gardening tools, moments where you’ll have to dig, cut, edge, or haul away brush. The tools that are mentioned below will cover all of your gardening needs and make gardening an even better experience.  Here are some of the top gardening tools you need and should consider owning today.  

Top Gardening Tools You Need


Top Gardening Tools You Need

Clearing Tool

When you’re dealing with a major overgrowth issue or ornamental grass that needs taming in your backyard, a clearing garden tool will be your friend. It can easily handle sawing branches, trimming tough stems, and cutting vines and roots. This particular 18-inch billhook saw has a coarse saw edge, along with a curved blade to provide you with quick pull cuts.   

Digging Shovel

A good digging shovel is a must in every gardener’s toolshed. It’s an essential tool for digging, but also for tossing heavy dirt out of your way. I’m not telling you which one you should buy, but I would probably go with one that has welded steel construction so that it can handle the heavy loads. This one even has a wide step on it so that you’re not putting so much pressure on your foot every time you go to use it. 

Hori Hori Digging Tool 

Before you even take that ordinary garden trowel up to the register, you should probably take a look at this multi-purpose garden tool. This durable tool practically does everything, from digging, planting, cutting, sawing, even measuring, and weeding. Use it to divide perennials, cut sod, and separate root systems.   

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Gardening Rake 

One of the first tools that you will use in the spring while out in your garden is the gardening rake. You’ll use it not only for prepping and cultivating your garden’s soil, but also use it for leveling mulch, removing thatch in your yard, and making your soil more porous.  

Digging Fork 

You may have heard of it referred to as a spade or garden fork at one point or another. The digging fork will benefit you in a few different ways as a gardener. Digging forks can be used to divide perennials, loosening compacted soil, and helping to add compost to your garden. With this tool it doesn’t take much to penetrate even the toughest of soil, so you’ll want to make sure and get yourself a digging fork. 

Power Planter Auger

Technology sure has come a long way, even when it comes to gardening tools. With a power planter auger, you’ll be able to dig holes for your bulbs faster and much easier. Oh, and did I also mention that you wouldn’t be left with a sore back when you’re done? Seems like an invaluable tool to me, without requiring much effort on your part.  

Edging Spade

An edging spade can be used to cut roots, slice turf, for planting, and of course, edging along your garden. This one even comes with a rubber foot pad so that you don’t find yourself damaging your shoes and straining your feet, along with a D-handle for better control while digging. 


Garden pruners come in handy when you’re having to cut away stems and twigs, or deadheading flowers to help encourage growth. Bypass pruners will help you trim stems that are up to ½ an inch, but you’ll need something bigger like a ratchet pruner to handle stems up to ¾ of an inch. If you attempt to cut anything larger with these tools, you run the risk of breaking your pruners. 

Pruning Saw 

There may be times in the garden where you’ll be needing something sharp to help you tackle a difficult task, like cutting through thick woody stems. That’s when you’ll be glad that you had a pruning saw that came with a razor-tooth blade on it. Many of them store and transport easily because they are able to fold up safely. If you’re needing any suggestions, you wouldn’t go wrong with this pruning saw.  

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Got any smaller branches that need to be removed somewhere around your garden? Loppers are built to handle tougher limbs than pruners are capable of cutting through, due to their sharper and stronger blade. They also offer you more leverage when cutting those branches. Loppers are capable of cutting branches that are up to 1 ½ inch, a little more than the size of your finger.  


Nothing lightens your workload and makes your life a whole lot easier when you’re out in the garden like a good-ole wheelbarrow. They’re great for transporting soil, firewood, mulch, gardening tools, and when you’re transplanting plants. There may be several instances that you’re needing a wheelbarrow to handle heavier loads, which is why you shouldn’t hesitate to go with one that has a steel bin. Your everyday regular wheelbarrow will get the job done, but if you want to go with one that guarantees never to have a flat tire, go with the True Temper brand.    

Garden Hose and Sprayer

Unless you want to find yourself lugging a watering can across your lawn multiple times each day, you’ll definitely want to have a garden hose with some type of sprayer attachment. There are several different hose lengths that you can go with (and colors), but if your garden is further back in your yard, I’d go with the 50, 75, or 100-foot hose. Some gardeners simply use their thumb at the end of their hose, but a sprayer provides gardeners with multiple other options on how much water pressure comes out at the end of the hose and the shape of the spray.  Now, this is for sure one of those gardening tools you need!

Some others to consider are:

Hoe and tiller

Final Word

With these top gardening tools as part of your arsenal, you’ll make work out in the garden a breeze. Can you think of any other gardening tools that you need? I’d love to hear what you come up with. May God Bless this world, Linda 

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  1. Linda, WOW! This is a great post! We have almost all of these. I do have a “Claw”. It works good. I’m fact, I need yo get out out and use it in the flower beds.

  2. One of the best tools I have for the garden is an A. M. Leonard No Blister Trowel. It has an great ergonomic handle. I have had one for about 20 years and use several times a week!!! I wouldn’t be without one in my raised beds. Gardening is my passion and lately a place of comforting therapy as a caregiver. I am learning more about what to grow and when in the SW Arizona desert, so that has made it more rewarding in the last year or two. You have helped me so much with your articles/posts on gardening, amending the soil, and what to grow in each of the months. Thank you for your awesome work that you do to help us be more aware of a much needed skill.
    Ever think about doing a post on the importance of establishing a seed bank? I know that you have touched on it, remember the plastic cases that you store your seeds. BTW, now I only buy from SeedsNow, since you introduced me to that company.

    1. Hi Carol, oh you made my day, thank you for your kind words. I need to look for that trowel today! Years ago, I bought a couple of those #10 cans with seeds, a total waste of money. I’m sure they are better now. I’m 71 so I’ve been gardening for over 50 years. The desert soil was a wake-up call for me, YIKES! Worst soil ever, as in clay. I’m glad you buy seeds from SeedsNow, they are my go-to for all seeds. Have fun gardening, life is so good in the sunshine! AND that first red tomato! Linda

  3. Gardening tools are essential and so this article really provided the tools that are basically needed in gardening. Thank you for sharing your list. Keep sharing more articles.

  4. A friend of mine gave me some gardening tools because I like gardening, but I had no idea what is the purpose/uses of these tools. Thanks for sharing this article! I learned a lot while reading it.

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