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Massive List of Essential Garden Tools

Taking care of your property can be quite the endeavor, and will keep you busy – especially through the growing season. There are many types of garden tools you can use to help keep your yard and gardens looking their best, but sometimes knowing all that exists and how they work can get a bit overwhelming.

This article lists a huge amount of various tools you might not be as familiar with, and explains what you can take advantage of them for. Read on for the ultimate list of garden tools below.

Basic Gardening Tools

When you take control of your own landscaping you will quickly realize that having the right tool for the job can make your life so much easier. The following list of basic tool options all have a specific purpose and can help save you time.

Border Spade

The Ames Companies, Inc 2540800 True Temper D-Grip Hardwood Handle Border Spade

This border spade is the perfect choice to use when you need to keep the division of your garden beds and grass lawns well defined. Use them to help break up grass roots and create trenches for border material.

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Mini D Handle Shovel

Bond LH015 Mini D Handle Shovel

Having a mini shovel can be a helpful tool to have around when you are working in raised garden beds and small spaces. They also are very easy to take with you if you volunteer in public gardens or want an option in the winter in case you get a lot of snow.

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Mini Digging Blades

Naiermai Gardening Shovel Mini D Handle Yard Tools Digging Spade Shovel

Shortened shovel handles are a great option when you need the leverage of a shovel, but require a more compact version for working in small spaces. These are excellent choices for digging and work wonderfully when you are planting flowers and transplanting.

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Round Headed Shovel

a woman gardener using a shovel to shove the soil

The gentle curve of this type of shovel allows you to drive it into the ground with ease, but also provides you the surface for moving large amounts of dirt in an efficient manner.

Root Slayer

Radius Garden 22311 Root Slayer Nomad, Root Slayer Nomad, Red

Larger plants can send out larger, searching roots that can show u in unexpected places. If you are putting in borders or need to keep your larger vegetation under control, a root slayer is the perfect tool to easily cut through roots so you can continue on with your job.

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Square Garden Spades

Fiskars 46 Inch Steel D-handle Square Garden Spade

The square head of these spades are perfect for working in loose soils and helping to layout borders and make precise lines for burying hose, pipe, or electric lines for various yard projects.

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Nursery Spade

A.M. Leonard All Steel Nursery Spade with D-Grip Handle - 13 Inch Blade

The slightly tapered, elongated blade of a nursery spade is perfect for working your way around plants to save roots for transplant. They also help dig deep holes when planting new vegetation in your flower and vegetable gardens.

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Garden Dump Cart

Gorilla Carts GOR4PS Poly Garden Dump Cart with Steel Frame and 10-in. Pneumatic Tires, 600-Pound Capacity, Black

A durable, sturdy dump cart is a must for moving soils, mulch, and other various garden products around your property. With the ability to tip up it makes it an invaluable tool.

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Dual-Wheel Wheelbarrow

Garden Star 70019 Garden Barrow Dual-Wheel Wheelbarrow Garden Cart

The sturdy design of this wheelbarrow makes it easy to load and tip up for unloading without worry of it spilling in transport. Use it for hauling dirt and mulch, as well as various tools and other needs on your property.

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Traditional Wheelbarrow

Transplanting new spring plants into the garden with a wheelbarrow full of manure and celosia seedlings standing on a neat lawn alongside a newly planted colorful flowerbed

A traditional wheelbarrow is an excellent way to help move materials around your property and unusually has a wide, and deep, bed that is able to handle just about anything you need to transport. These have many uses to help on your property.

Repurposed Wheelbarrows

decorative flower garden with carts at the resort

If you use your tools as you should, they will eventually wear out. Luckily they make amazing garden features as these wheelbarrows showcase their second life as unique garden planters.

Miniature Tools

Kids gardening. Children playing outdoors. Little girl and baby boy, brother and sister, working in the garden, planting flowers, watering flower bed. Child pushing wheel barrow. Family in blooming fruit tree orchard.

Miniature wagons and other tools are the perfect way to introduce your children to the joys of working outdoors. They follow our example so provide them with a means to help and learn alongside you.

Transplanting Trowel

Good Grips Transplanting Trowel


Get up close and personal with your plants and use a handheld, transplanting trowel for when you need to get seedlings in the ground or more plants from one place to another.

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Root Slayer Trowel

Radius Garden 16011 Root Slayer Trowel, Red

When you have small spaces and need to get right into your garden beds to help transplant or clear an area for a new planting, a handheld root slayer trowel is the perfect tool.

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Measuring Trowel

Ergonomic Transplanting Trowel

Nothing is more ideal than having more than one tool located on one product. This handheld trowel includes a measuring length to allow you to better see how deep you are digging, as well as checking for soil moisture.

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Handheld Shovels for Small Spaces

Cropped image of senior woman digging soil with handheld shovel at backyard

Small digging shovels are an absolute must have if you have any sort of garden. They are perfect for transplanting and also work wonderfully in small spaces, such as raised garden beds and planters.

Handheld Shovels for Weed Control

Close Up of hands with safety gloves and garden tool pulling and digging out weeds from the lawn

Handheld shovels are also an essential choice for weed control, especially in areas that you do not want to be digging too deep in. A well manicured lawn will show deep digging, but a small trowel can help you flip up the grass to get at the weed without causing too much damage.

Protective Gloves

Little Giant Goatskin Glove isolated in white background

Protective gloves truly are a great option to have, especially the ones that cover your wrists and forearms to help protect you against scratches and thorns. Look for styles that have an elastic top to keep debris from falling into it.

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Digging Gloves

Garden Genie Gloves, Waterproof Garden Gloves with Claw For Digging Planting

Sometimes the best way to get at tender plants for transplant and the easiest way to dig a hole is to do it by hand. But who wants dirt under their fingernails? These gloves are perfect for hand digging, provide protection to your whole hand and makes you more effective.

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Simple Garden Gloves

Garden gloves and chamomile flowers over green grass with copy space

At the very least you should have a set of simple garden gloves that you can quickly slip on to handle dirty tools and materials, protect your hands from wooden handles, and keep you clean.

Protective Garden Gloves

Female farmer replanting tomato seedlings

Protect your hands and provide an added grip with gloves that use rubber finger surfaces. You can better hold your tools with this style to keep from slipping, all while keeping your hands clean.

Technology Fitted Gloves

Garden Gloves Women Premium, For Gardening, Roses & Yard Work with Protective Grip and Breathable Microfiber with Touchscreen

If you love to watch how to videos and use your phone for gardening tips, invest in a good pair of protective gloves enhanced with touchscreen capabilities to save you from having to constantly remove them to refresh your screen.

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Nitrile Coated Gloves

WILDFLOWER Tools Gardening Gloves for Women and Men - Nitrile Coating for Protection (Small, Purple Pair/Green Pair with White Cuff Hem)

Nitrile is a durable coating used on thin materials to provide added protection without losing gripping ability, control, or touch sensitivity when working. Many people like them because it feels as if they are working without anything on.

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Rose Garden Gloves

Ladies' Synthetic Leather Long Cuff Rose Garden Gloves

If you cultivate roses or other spiny vegetation, then you know the worth of a good thick pair of protective gloves. These longer gloves protect your wrists and forearms which often get scratched when pruning or trimming.

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Leather Gloves

male mannequin holding shovel in business suit with garden gloves - busy life metaphor

When you need the ultimate hand protection, you can’t go wrong with durable leather. Long lasting and thick, leather provides a good grip all while keeping your hand safe and clean.

Leather and Canvas Gloves

man wearing garden gloves

When our grip is essential to the job you are doing and you need overall hand protection, look for leather fingered gloves with canvas backing to provide more breathability as well.

Handheld Bypass Pruner

Euro Bypass Pruner isolated in white background

A good sharp, durable, strong edge is important on your shears in order to make clean cuts. This is especially true when cutting green stems, such as roses and other flowers to avoid damaging the plant itself.

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Rubber Gripped Pruners

Pruning Garden Bush with a Green Pruner

Make sure your pruners have a good rubber grip to provide you comfort and stability when using them. These pruners allow you to apply your whole force without slipping for one, good clean cut.

Fiskars Steel Shears

Fiskars 91095935J Steel Bypass Pruning Shears

Good steel pruning shears keep a sharp edge and last for many years. This brand is well known for its durability and can cut smoothly though both aged and green branches with ease.

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Pruning Shears

Precision Bypass Pruner isolated in white background

Not all shears are made quite the same, so be sure to take a look at your options for the jobs you have in mind. Durability, easy to squeeze, sharp edges, and well placed springs are all details to consider.

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Durable Pruning Shears

The gardener cuts the branches of trees in the garden

A good pair of shears should more or less last a lifetime. These shears show years of use yet are still dependable enough to be used on delicate branches for a clean cut that leaves the branch undamaged.

Bypass Loppers

Fiskars 391461-1003 Bypass Lopper, 28 Inch, Black Orange


Bypass loppers are designed to handle larger branches and are much more durable compared to pruner loppers that are designed to cleanly cut through branches for pruning purposes only.

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Powergear Anvil Loppers

Fiskars Powergear Anvil Lopper Cuts Up to 50mm. Gear Mechanism for Easy Use

Powergear anvil loppers allow for even more power through their use of a ‘geared’ handle to provide a wider grip and ability to provide more force to the cut itself. These are great tools to help save you strain.

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Long Handled Lopper Power

Landscaping, adult men cut tree in a garden

The long handles of a lopper are for more than reaching into areas that are normally too high or deep to get to. They provide the force behind the cut, so be sure to look for durably built handles that can withstand the jobs you have ready for them.

Loppers Durable Grips

Loppers and branches, scissors for springtime garden work

Loppers are incredibly strong and they do require some decent force from you as well to cut properly. Look for good, durable grips that are both comfortable and keep your hand steady while you apply force.

Compound Action Force Lopper

TABOR TOOLS GG12 Anvil Lopper with Compound Action, Chops Thick Branches with Ease, Tree Trimmer, Branch Cuttter with 2 Inch Clean Cut Capacity, 30 Inch

Using compound force allows you to increase the amount of force you apply to the lopper. This allows you to cut through larger branches with less effort put forth on your part. It also lets you cut more effortlessly altogether.

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Telescoping Loppers

28 - 40 inch Extendable Anvil Razor-Edge Pruning Lopper - Up to 2 Inch Cutting Capacity - Telescoping Aluminium Light-weight Handle Garden Hedge

Telescoping handles on your loppers are an excellent way to prune your tall trees and bushes without having to depend upon an unstable ladder or step stool. Options like these make your job easier without having to sacrifice cutting power.

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Long-Handled Pruners

A man with garden pruners trims a tree at sunny day.

Although not a lopper, a longer handled pruner is perfect for reaching up and out into smaller brush and woody vegetation to help keep it cleaned up and in shape. They may not have the same power, but are well worth having on hand for delicate branches.

Perennial Planter

DeWit Perennial Planter

Your perennial plants get larger through each growing season, and it doesn’t take long to run out of room for them. This tool is the perfect solution to separate clumps of perennials cleanly and without damage to transplant into other areas of your yard.

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Perennial Splitter Blade

Spartan Garden Knife Perennial Splitter Divider Super Sharp Double Sided Serrated Stainless Steel


For those smaller perennial plants and bulbs, use a knife like blade to split them so you have more control over the whole process. Splitting perennials keep them healthier and allow you to spread their beauty elsewhere in your yard.

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Multi-Purpose Garden Knife

Fiskars 70796935J Big Grip Multi Purpose Planting Tool

A good garden knife is an invaluable tool to have. Not only is it easy to carry around with you, it can serve as a digging tool, prunes, cuts, and takes the weeds up by the roots.

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Weeding Knife

Dandelion. Picking fresh dandelion leaves with knife. Dandelion in hands of a farmer

A good digging knife is the perfect solution for getting weeds up out of your yard without having to depend on chemical solutions or dig half of it up. Choose one with a sturdy grip, sharp point, and wide blade for best results.

Hand Saw

Hands with gloves of gardener doing maintenance work, pruning trees in autumn

Hand saws are a great choice to have when you have small branches to cut and you need to get close to the main branch or trunk for aesthetic purposes. They also are very convenient to carry with many folding up on themselves for safety.

A Good Watering Can

Metal Watering Can

You seriously can’t beat a good watering can for when your more delicate potted plants need a good drink. Watering cans are also a great way to get kids helping in the yard, and can double as a fun, interesting planter!

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Automatic Waterers

Jeeke Cute Birds Glass Plant Watering Devices Automatic Watering Can

Automatic waterers that can be placed directly in your plants that tend to dry out are invaluable for hot climates and when you travel. As the soil dries it pulls water from the product to help keep the soil at its proper moisture levels.

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Children’s Gardening Sets

Flowers in a watering can on the background of a garden. Tools for gardening

Look for children’s gardening sets to provide your own children the opportunity to own their own tools and learn responsibility for caring for your property. Growing their own garden is also a great way to introduce them to basic science and math!

Durable Metal Watering Cans

Gardener's Select 1.85-Gallon Watering Can

Nothing is better than a good watering can and because they are so popular you can find them in all sorts of fun, cheery colors to match your outdoor decor. Metal cans last much longer than plastic cans as well.

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Long-Necked Watering Can

Novelty 30605 Indoor Watering Can, 1 2 Gallon

A long-necked can is the solution you need to reach those hard to get to planters that you’ve hung from your porches and decks. These are also a great choice for indoor plants since you can better direct the stream of water.

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Dependable Water Hose

A good water hose that doesn’t kink or dry rot in the sun is a must when you are caring for your yard and garden. Be sure to get one that can reach where you need it to go, and look for drinking water safe options to keep from getting any chemicals in your water as it passes through the hose.

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Watering Wand

The Relaxed Gardener Watering Wand - 15 Garden Hose Nozzle Sprayer 8 Adjustable Spray Patterns and Thumb Control Shut Off Valve

Anyone who has a watering wand loves it. The nozzle end can be adjusted to fit your watering strength and needs, plus they are usually flexible and provide reach to high planters and deep garden beds.

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Durable Hose Nozzles

Top view of hosepipe and gardening equipment on planks

Hose nozzles allow you to run your water when you need it and keep it off when you don’t without having to keep going back to the water spigot. They also are adjustable to water strength and spray for various uses.

Mini-Watering Solutions

Woman watering flowers. Gardening, planting concept - woman watering hyacinth after planting

Mini watering baskets and cans don’t take up much room and are perfect solutions for your small transplant and seedling projects. Use these instead of nozzles and larger cans so you don’t accidentally drown out your smaller plants and disrupt their root systems.


Farmer digs pitchforks malicious weed in the field

Many people think a pitchfork belongs on a farm, but they are an awesome way to help get up unwanted vegetation and turn your soil for aeration purposes. They come in a wide variety of sizes as well.

Handheld Garden Fork

Worth Garden Powder Coating Carbon Steel Hand Fork Tool with Ergonomic Soft PVC Grip

Similar to its larger cousin, a garden fork is a great tool for loosening hard soil, turning soil, and getting rid of unwanted vegetation. A handheld version is perfect for raised beds and other small spaces.

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Handheld Cultivator

Radius Garden 10301 Ergonomic Aluminum Hand Cultivator, Blue

Like a rake, a cultivator is designed to drag through soils to help loosen them, remove vegetation, and aerate all at the same time. These are powerful and perfect for working in garden beds since you can easily move around your vegetation without damaging them.

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Garden Leaf Rake

Gonicc 63 inch Professional Adjustable Garden Leaf Rake, Expanding Metal Rake


The long, thin tines of a garden leaf rake is designed to gently gather loose leaves and debris without causing harm to your grasses or other plants you are working around.

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Gas, Electric and Misc. Garden Tools List

Basic tools aren’t the only tools you might want to keep handy. Depending on the size of your property you may very well look to investing in various pieces of equipment that can help you keep your lawn and gardens looking their best. Many of these options help save on time and money in the long run.

Self- Propelled Lawn Mower

TB WC33 XP Wide Cut Self-Propelled Mower

A dependable lawn mower is worth its weight in gold. Easy to maintain, easy to start, and easy to maneuver, you can get all your grass cutting needs taken care of in no time- leaving you more time to enjoy your labors.

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Automatic, Rechargeable Lawnmower

Kohstar S520 4th generation robot lawn mower with Range Funtion,Auto Recharged,Remote Controller,Waterproof

What if you didn’t have to put any effort into mowing your lawn? The newest tool to hit the market are automatic lawn mowers that can be set to mow your yard at a certain time, stay within a specific set range, and then recharges itself when needed.

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Electric Lawn Mower

Photo of electric lawnmower on freshly cut plush green grass with home and flower beds in background

If you don’t have hours of cutting to complete, you might want to consider an electric lawn mower. These take a rechargeable, lithium ion battery to run, and can handle most average sized lawns on one charge with no problem.

Yard Sweeper

Earthwise LSW70021 21 Yard Sweeper, Inch Width

A yard sweeper is an awesome tool to have, especially if you get a large amount of leaves each fall. All you have to do is run the sweeper over your lawn and it will ‘sweep’ up any loose debris and toss it into the basket for you to dispose of where you will.

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Overlarge Lawn Sweeper

Agri-Fab 45-0218 26-Inch Push Lawn Sweeper

When you have a large lawn, you need a large tool. This heavy duty lawn sweeper is perfect for taking care of heavy loads on large properties. Get leaves, grass, twigs, and anything else that happens to drift in your yard.

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Cordless Weed Wacker

UKOKE U02TE Cordless Electric Power Grass Trimmer & Weed Wacker, Edging and Trimmi, 20V 2A Battery & Charger Included, Silver & Black

A weed wacker and grass trimmer is exactly what you need to help give  a facelift to an otherwise well manicured lawn. These help clean up any stray grasses left around fences and home foundations and also keep your walkways and driveways looking clean.

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Corded Hedge Trimmer


If you have any large bushes or hedges then you need a hedge trimmer to make short work of any shaping you need to do. Since these can get unruly quite quickly it’s a great investment.

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Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Greenworks 22-Inch 24V Cordless Hedge Trimmer, 2.0 AH Battery Included 22232

A cordless hedge trimmer keeps you running without boundaries or restrictions of cord length. Run off a lithium ion battery, this option makes short work of unruly brush and is easy to maneuver.

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Electric Wood Chipper

Taking care of your yard is sure to generate a lot of waste. A good electric chipper shredder can take care of all your small wood chipping needs as well as leaf litter and small branches. It makes great mulch as well!

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Electric Mulcher

Flowtron LE-900 The Ultimate Mulcher Electric Leaf Shredder

Similar to a chipper shredder, an electric mulcher is more for small twigs and leaf litter. It tears it up into an awesome compost addition or light mulch for all your garden beds.

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Electric Lopper ChainSaw

BLACK+DECKER Lopper Chain Saw, 4.5-Amp (LP1000)

Take the manual labor out of lopping tree branches and use an electric lopper chainsaw instead. These powerful tools both grab and cut, making short work of even larger limbs.

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Electric Chainsaw

SJT. 18 Inch 2800w Bar Powerful Lightweight Corded Electric Chainsaw Garden Tools


An electric chainsaw is an incredibly handy tool to have around. It works for pruning and trimming when a lopper can’t handle the size, plus you can buck logs and knock down small trees with ease. They also are great for beginner chainsaw handlers.

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Leaf Blower

TB2BP EC Backpack Gas Leaf Blower

A leaf blower does more than just blow leaves. It will help you move just about any debris in your yard to wherever you need it. You can even use it to pile leaves on a tarp for disposal, or into a pile for burning.

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Electric Pressure Washer

Sun Joe SPX3000 Pressure Joe 2030 PSI 1.76 GPM 14.5-Amp Electric Pressure Washer

A pressure washer is a great way to help keep your home exterior, driveways, walkways, decks, and patios clear of dirt and accumulated grime. Simply point and spray and wash it all away.

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If you weren’t sure about the names of garden tools mentioned above before, you should now as they all can be quite helpful in keeping your property looking its best. Everything from simple hand tools and gloves to yard sweepers and pressure washers can be a tool worth considering to help save on time and money.