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Gardening Tool List

Updated on September 26, 2014

Great Gardening Tools For The Avid Gardener

As an avid gardener you need lots of gardening tools. Here you will find a gardening tool list that I put together not only based on what I am using in my own garden, but also on what other people said they absolutely need when doing their gardening. This list will be especially useful if you are a beginner to gardening, however if you are already a seasoned gardener, I'm sure you will find some great tools you might not yet have in your shed.

Gardener Folding Chair with Gardening Tools

We all come in various sizes, shapes and energy levels and our needs are different, and so are the tools. They also come in various sizes, shapes, features and grips, some matching better a particular person than other. Also the gardens are different, from large gardens, to tiny ones in front of the window, to apartment gardens, to flower boxes, to patios and everything else in between.

However I do believe that there are some basic tools that no gardener should be without, regardless of the size of their garden. In addition, of course, there are specialized tools that are perfect for a particular garden size. For example tools with a longer hand are perfect for large gardens, while container gardening needs just a few basic tools, such as a trowel, a scoop, a knife, some pruners and a watering can.

List Of Garden Tools And Accessories - Useful tools that every gardener should have

  • Tools For Digging

    Every gardener needs tools for digging such as shovels and forks and spades

  • Pruning Tools

    Pruning tools are extremely useful for a gardener to cut taller tree branches and keep the garden neat

  • Lawn Care Tools

    If you have a lawn, you need to take care of it. Having a lush and green lawn can be achieved with the right tools, such as rakes, lawn aerators and sprinklers.

  • Wheelbarrows

    No garden should be without a wheelbarrow. It's an incredibly useful tool to transport pretty much everything from one end of the garden to another

  • Gardening Gloves

    Every gardener needs adequate gloves, no matter what type of garden they have. From keeping the hands clean and scratch free to making sure that they grip the tool the right way, gloves are simply a must when working in a garden

  • Garden Kits

    If you have a friend or family member who is newly interested in becoming a gardener, there is no better gift for a gardener than a starter tool kit with the basic tool included

  • Gardening Tools And Accessories

    Do you think you have every tool you need for gardening? Are you curious to see what's new on the market - something that you might simply NEED? Check out the new and bestseller section for some interesting goodies!

Digging Tools For The Garden

Regardless of the size and shape of your garden, you need tools for digging the earth. There is simply no gardening without this particular task. Digging tools should be especially well made because when we use them to dig the soil, we put a lot of pressure on them, which can get them to break rather easily.

When buying garden tools for digging such as forks and spades, you need to pay attention to the quality of the material (type of steel used), the shaft and the type of handles that are best for your hands.

Ergonomic Stainless Steel Digging Fork
Ergonomic Stainless Steel Digging Fork

Garden Fork

When it comes to digging the earth, garden forks are invaluable. While I do have my trusted spade, a fork makes my life so much easier when it comes to more difficult types of soil where a spade simply can't penetrate through.

My favorite digging fork is this ergonomic one show in the picture. It has a long handle that is extremely comfortable in my hands. I chose this because it is labeled as 'ergonomic'. Just as when I work on my computer, I need ergonomic tools that make my life easier and work more fun.

The blade is strong steel, the gripping surface is huge (you can use it with both hands at a time if you need to), and the socket is very long as well. Just perfect for most types of gardening.

Special Forces Shovel with Hardwood Handle
Special Forces Shovel with Hardwood Handle

Garden Shovel

Garden spades are also a must in every type and size of a garden. You can use a spade in several different ways, making it a rather versatile tool to use. From digging to moving earth from one place to another, from scooping to throwing soil, a shovel is simply invaluable.

Note: A shovel and a spade are not the same. The spade is a particular type of shovel used to dig hard ground with additional force. However in most gardening situations, a shovel will be used more often than a spade. This doesn't that you should not have both in the garden if you can afford them both :-)

The shovel shown here is of very high quality, loved by many gardeners. It is made in fact based on the original Soviet Spetznaz shovel, which is notorious for Spetznaz soldiers having used it in harsh conditions in the Soviet Army.

Very strong and durable, it will last you for many years - literally.

Special Mention: 3-Piece Combo Gardening Kit - Great as gift as well!

Brook & Hunter Combo-DY-3D Premium 3-Piece Combo Kit With Stainless Steel Alloy Polished Shovel, Fork & Spade With Hand Crafted Red Oak Handles
Brook & Hunter Combo-DY-3D Premium 3-Piece Combo Kit With Stainless Steel Alloy Polished Shovel, Fork & Spade With Hand Crafted Red Oak Handles

I want to mention this particular garden tool kit made of a shovel, fork and a spade, because it's simply awesome. It's working great and the 3 piece combo is absolutely necessary in a garden. Also perfect as a gift for a starting gardener, at a great price!


Pruners For The Garden

Pruning shears are used in every garden with a tree, some plants or hedges, in order to keep them healthy. You can prune with them tree branches and shrubs that are quite hard.

I first got acquainted with a set of pruning shears when I was heavily into flower arranging, and right now I'm using the very same shears in my small garden. My mom has a much better and bigger one in her garden, however.

Fiskars 9234 62-Inch Pruning Stik
Fiskars 9234 62-Inch Pruning Stik

Fiskars 9234 62-Inch Pruning Stik

Here is the pruner that my mom is using. It is very strong, durable and long reaching as well. Made by Fiskars, it is one to last through many pruning sessions.

You might know pruners by different names. I've also heard them called hand pruners, pruning shears, secators...they're usually the same thing and they're used to cutting branches to keep your garden tidy and neat.

I love this particular pruner because I've seen my mom reaching for tall branches without having to resort to climb a ladder. As a person gets older, the more help she can get without extra work, the better it is for her. And this pruner offers some great help at hardly any cost. I don't have this particular type at home simply because I don't need to use it on very tall branches and my old and trusted pruner suffices right now.


Rakes are very popular with every gardener for keeping the garden and the lawn looking great, healthy and in nice shape. To remove the dry leaves and cut grass from the ground you need a good rake that can do the job easily.

There are many types of hand rakes available for the gardener, some with wooden handle, others with steel, plastic, aluminum and even iron. Of course you can also find professional heavy-duty mechanized rakes that are used in agriculture and farming, however for a simple gardener, the hand rake is more than enough.

Lawn Aerators

OK don't laugh (especially if you've never used an aerator shoe before), because unless you want to spend hundreds on a motorized aerator, you will need these shoes! Every garden needs an aerator now and then, and while spades and forks can do a bit of this job, there are much better ways to get it done elegantly and fast.

You should aerate your lawn twice a year, preferably in spring and in autumn. Aerating the ground improves soil drainage and helps it look lush, green and in top form.

There are two main types of aerators: spike aerators and core aerators. Both types work well, but I prefer the spiking aerators as I find them working faster and better overall. But the choice is up to you, of course.

Popular Lawn Aerators - Spike Aerator

Precision Products TDSA42PT 42-Inch Spike Aerator / Drop Spreader Combo with Pneumatics & Weight Tray
Precision Products TDSA42PT 42-Inch Spike Aerator / Drop Spreader Combo with Pneumatics & Weight Tray

This is a great spike aerator, but granted, it's not cheap. If you are serious about gardening, however, eventually you will end up buying it, I'm pretty sure of it. There are also cheaper versions, including spiking shoes for smaller gardens, but for a larger piece of lawn, the money on this will be well spent.

This tool is in fact a spike aerator and drop spreader combo, and it holds up to 175-pounds. Easy to assemble it and use it, but you also get instructions for setting it up should you need it.



Sprinklers are a must in every garden. All plant life needs water and luckily there are many different types of garden sprinklers that you can choose from today. From motion activated sprinklers, to oscillating and programmable sprinklers, you can find just about any type that is right for your own garden. You can even find these days motion activated sprinklers that scare away birds and other animals that might hurt anything in your garden.

Orbit Lawn Watering Impact Sprinkler on Tripod Base

Orbit 56667N Zinc Impact Sprinkler on Tripod Base
Orbit 56667N Zinc Impact Sprinkler on Tripod Base

ere is a very useful, cheap and popular sprinkler for the garden. Because it sits on a tripod, you can easily transport it to any part of your garden, as you see it. It rotates quietly, sprinkling water around up to an 85 foot diameter. The durable zinc construction makes for a sturdy and long lasting sprinkler. It has a deflector shield that keeps water away from unwanted areas that need no watering.

While the actual sprinkler is rather small, don't get that deter you from getting. It works on large areas, covering a great part of your garden.


Gardening Wheelbarrows

If you're garden is bigger than the flowers you put in your windowsill, then you need a wheelbarrow. It is an extremely useful tool that helps gardeners with many tasks. From moving around soil and compost, to moving around your gardening tools for easy reach, to carrying sand, cement, snow or dirt, you can use the wheelbarrow for pretty much anything that needs transportation from one point in your garden to another.

I love looking at new wheelbarrows as you can find them in so many fun colors. They no longer have to be boring black or brown as in the ancient times. Now you can find them in fun orange, green, red, blue, yellow and many other colors. There is no reason why gardening shouldn't be fun and shouldn't be done with fun tools!

Lifetime 65034 6.5 Cubic Foot Poly Dual Wheel Wheelbarrow

Lifetime 65034 Two Wheel Wheelbarrow, 6.5 Cubic Feet Capacity
Lifetime 65034 Two Wheel Wheelbarrow, 6.5 Cubic Feet Capacity

Here is a great wheelbarrow for the hobbyist gardener. It easily holds up to 550 lbs of stuff, which makes it perfect for any size garden. The steel frames are weather resistant, so even leaving it out in the open when it rains or shows should not have any adverse effect on it.

Also the fact that it has two wheels makes it extremely easy to use in the garden. It's stable, it moves easily and fast, and it's also easy to assemble it together. Sturdy and well constructed, it will last you for many years of gardening!


Garden Kits For A New Gardener

Garden Tool Kits

While every gardener needs lots of tools, a new gardener needs but some basics to get him or her started with the new past time. As they learn to work the earth, plant seeds and care for their lawn, their needs will increase and they will buy more tools, as needed.

However for the newbie gardener there are some great starter tools that make gardening fun, non-intimidating and easy to get started with. Here are some great tools as gifts for a beginner gardener, perfect for any major occasion, be it a birthday, Christmas, name day, or even Mother's Day or Father's day.

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    • profile image


      5 years ago

      You have lots of tool ideas here.Thank you for the information

    • MillBucks profile image


      6 years ago

      This is one of the most complete gardening list I have seen, you did a great job getting all these resources together.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      You've definitely got them all covered! We have the Fiskars Pruning Stick as well. Have used it quite a bit in the last 9 years and still going strong. Blessings! :)

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Fantastic tool ideas.

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      6 years ago

      Great list of tools for the gardener.

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      6 years ago

      I'm a bit of a garden tool hoarder, and must confess that I own many more tools than I actually use. My trusty hoe is my most beloved tools, as my back's a little iffy and finding a hoe of just the right weight and length makes all the difference.

    • DuaneJ profile image


      6 years ago

      Excellent resource for gardeners!

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      6 years ago

      My mother loves gardening - unfortunately I did not inherit her green thumb. This has some great gift ideas for her though. Thank you! *blessed*

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      6 years ago

      This is a very valuable resource for any avid gardener!


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