17 Essential Fall Gardening Tools

Part of the fun of gardening is finding the perfect tools to get the job done. We recommend these useful garden aids to keep your outdoor space in shape this fall.

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A Powerful Leaf Blower

The Toro UltraPlus Corded Electric Blower Vac has the expected added power that comes with electric blowers without the mess and fuss of gas. This one really gets the leaf-blowing job done and is easy to grip and maneuver and is easy on the ears. And as a nice additional perk, this Toro blower also works as a vacuum and leaf shredder, depositing your fall leaves into a handy bag attachment for easy disposal.

Tip Bags

These freestanding, durable tip bags in medium and large sizes, stay open to allow for easy dumping of leaves and other garden detritus. A great helpmate for gathering fall leaves, these tip bags are a handy alternative to tarps and blowers. The large bag is especially useful, with a  30" diameter that minimizes those trips to the curb.

A Rake for Tight Spaces

A seemingly no-brainer innovation that changes a dreaded task into an ergonomic pleasure, this compact rake is a life saver. For years I used a tiny, and short, child's play garden rake to comb out the hard to reach nooks and crannies of my garden. No more: this Shrub Rake from Ames has a compact raking head to fit beneath and between your landscaping. With its nice, long handle, there's no more Wicked Witch stooping either.

A Great Garden Boot

The natural rubber Rboot from French luxury boot company Aigle is stylish enough to take you from the garden to the grocer. Good grip on the soles keep your feet firmly planted in the garden and the waterproof rubber is easily hosed off after use to keep these boots looking their best.

Fall-Built Garden Cart

Ace Hardware offers a Gorilla Cart built to tackle a variety of garden chores including the ubiquitous task of hauling and dumping leaves. Four pneumatic tires offer great balance and the ability to traverse all kinds of uneven, bumpy terrain or the slick surfaces that come with fall. This handy cart is the grown-up version of the little red wagon you loved as a kid.

Pruning in Your Future?

These Swiss-made Felco 6 bypass pruners from storied garden gear company Felco are made for smaller hands and will do quick work on all of your fall pruning tasks. These pruners are best for grape vines, shrubs and young trees.

Loppers

Some garden tasks are drudgery: weeding, anyone?  But pruning is one of the more satisfying chores. You get instant results and nothing quite matches the satisfying crack of a limb snapping and then crashing to the ground. The only downside of these handy Bypass Loppers from True Temper? They're so darn fun to use, you may find yourself trying to find more and more things to prune into submission. Easy to grip, these pruners are also tough enough to take on some of the thickest branches.

Tough Gloves

Worn by gardeners at Buckingham Palace, no less, Gold Leaf Tough Touch Gloves are water resistant and warm, transitioning well into cool weather gardening. A gauntlet covers the wrist and forearm for added protection during pruning and other prickly chores. These gloves from Gardener's Supply Company would make a great addition to any fall gardening kit bag.

A Novel Rake

Few things are as irritating as having to man handle the end of your rake, digging out the leaves and muck impaled on its tines.  Clever this, a True Temper ClogFree rake with closed plastic tines, meaning no more jammed tines.  Sounds simple, but it's the kind of raking innovation that pays off major dividends in frustration ended and time saved.

Hori Hori Knife

A useful tool for dividing and transplanting perennials, this Hori Hori knife from Gardener's Supply Company comes with a vinyl sheath and belt loop to up your gardening street cred.

Small Bulb Planter

Bulb planting in your future? Try this small bulb planter from Garden Tool Company, which is best for smaller bulbs. Handmade in Holland, of tough boron steel, this bulb planter is a specialized tool built to last that will make quicker work of this fall task.

Double Trouble

The TruTemper Dual Tine Leaf Rake has dual tines for a quicker clean up, a comfort grip handle, and comes with a detachable hand rake.

Daffodil Planter

This solid bulb planter is hand-made in Holland from the over 100-year old Dewit company, and is guaranteed for life. A sharpened blade allows for quick penetration of the soil surface and precision excavation of just the area of your garden you need for planting, without disturbing other bedding plants.

Shredder

Tired of raking up leaves every fall? Go eco instead and turn them into garden mulch to nourish your winter garden with this clever shredder. Googles and gloves are recommended in using this shredder.

Leaf Scoops

A tool for tackling fall chores that may actually be fun to use, these leaf scoops allow you or an eager child—who will love their robot-like mitts— to clear out yard debris quickly.

Snips

These handy clippers are probably good any time of year, but will serve you especially well in the fall when their sharp blades make quick work of pruning and deadheading and other fall cleaning and clearing tasks.

Half-Moon Hoe

Sometimes you have to get a little medieval on the garden. This handcrafted hoe made in Holland has a lifetime guarantee and features a Swedish-forged boron steel cutting edge. Great for digging out weeds without bending, and manicuring grass edges, this classic hoe has a loyal cult following of gardeners who've been using the tool for decades.