Garden Tools List

These 13 basic tools will help you tackle most garden jobs.
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Forks and Spades

Forks and spades have shafts of different lengths and materials: metal shafts are stronger than wood, and may be plastic-covered. Border spades and forks have slightly smaller heads, making them easy to handle and useful for light work.


A rake can be used to level soil or to clear the ground. Clear lawns of leaves and thatch using a spring-tined rake.

Hand Trowel

A hand fork and trowel are indispensable for weeding, planting young plants and bulbs and small digging jobs. Hand forks are ideal for heavy clay soils. Small tools are easily mislaid in the garden; look for those with brightly colored handles that can be spotted easily or paint tools with wooden handles to make them more conspicuous.


Pruners are essential for many cutting jobs; choose a pair with a safety catch and crossover blades. Try before you buy to make sure they feel right. Find out which scissors and pruners HGTVGardens editors think are tops here.

Dutch Hoe

A Dutch hoe is invaluable when it comes to clearing a large area of weeds. The long handle helps to avoid a backache, which is often a consequence of weeding.

Pruning Saw

A pruning saw is useful for cutting small branches; the blade folds away on some types, but one with a fixed blade is a better choice if you have lots of shrubs.


Shears are used for trimming long grass and small hedges, and for cutting back herbaceous perennials. Before buying, be sure they are light enough for you to use.

Lawn Mower

If you have grass, a lawn mower is a must-have. Choose one that is the right size for the lawn and will fit into a storage shed when it is not in use.

Garden Hose

Don't skimp on this vital garden tool; look for a lightweight, high-quality hose that will be easy to carry and will last for years and years.


A wheelbarrow or garden cart makes it easy to haul everything from rolls of sod to mulch to your fall pumpkin harvest.

Hori Hori Knife

This lightweight, multi-use knife can be used for dividing and transplanting perennials, weeding, digging and more. Keep it with you during light garden maintenance to get chores done without pulling out the entire tool kit.


Loppers help you prune branches and suckers that are too thick for regular pruners—look for long-handled types to reach tall branches with ease.


Nothing sets off garden beds like a nice, crisp edge. Edgers create dramatic lines where the lawn meets walkways and beds and are used much like a spade.

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