32 Gardening Tools Every Serious Gardener Should Have

gardening tools for serious gardeners

Last updated on January 3rd, 2021 at 11:32 am

Having the right gardening tools tends to be the difference between someone who’s a serious gardener and someone who’s just pretending to be.

Without the right gardening tools and equipment at your disposal, taking care of even the most simple tasks in the garden will turn out to be very difficult and time consuming.

Whether your garden has an impressive variety of fresh flowers, delicious veggies, or fruits, you need a range of gardening tools to look after them. Those unwanted weeds, excessively grown grass, or dry leaves are skunk at a garden party.

Hence, your garden demands the right pampering and maintenance to look eye-pleasing year-round. Hobbyists and professionals both will agree that essential gardening gears deserve a space in every gardener’s shed.

So, in this article, we will talk about 32 gardening tools to save some back-breaking work in the garden!

1. Wheelbarrow


Make your life easier by potting soil, carrying tools, compost, firewood, and other gardening items on this handy cart.

Select the wheelbarrows with knobby tires rather than smooth tires to move through deep soil conveniently. While purchasing one, make sure to check the handle length is relevant for your height.

2. Spade


It is your tool of choice for digging through hard roots and removing loose soil through its rectangular blade. A spade is generally a short-handled shovel, usually built with a perpendicular “D” handle to offer users an extra grip while digging.

3. Shovel


If you want to dig and lift up soil from one spot in your garden, the shovel is a very good tool that can help you do that. With it, serious digging will complete in a fraction of the time.

4. Garden Trowel

garden trowel

No introduction needed for this gardening tool. The garden trowel is one of the most used tool you’ll find in almost any gardener’s tool shed. It has an easy to grip handle with a well-fitted stainless steel blade.

You can use it to uproot weeds from the soil or to dig small holes for sowing seedlings.

5. Fork Hoe

fork hoe

Fork hoe has digging blades at a right angle to the handle. Also popularly called the right-angled fork Azada, it has a three-pronged fork. Thus, the fork hoe gives better support to break up hard soil faster and with less effort.

6. Garden Hoe

garden hoe

A garden hoe is the tool to edge your yard, nurture your soil, till it and even remove small weeds from your garden. If you have to prepare your garden bed for planting and weeding, it will help you out with this too. Thus, it is a very versatile tool to take care of most tasks in the garden.

7. Oscillating Hoe

oscillating or looped hoe

This is another type of gardening hoe that has a long handle. It’s also known as the looped hoe, and it’s very useful for cultivating loose soil, weeding and even aerating the garden soil. Due to its long handle, you can quickly hoe a whole raised bed from the same position. Besides, its swivel action head allows to cut on the push and pull stroke while sharpening itself as it moves.

8. Winged Weeding Hoe

winged weeding hoe

This is also called a winged floral scuffle. It’s a classic style hoe very efficient for removing weeds in the garden.

Just like every other hoe, it works best when both winged edges are sharp and ready to go. Although, once sharpened the first time, it will sharpen itself with each use.

9. Japanese Garden Landscaping Triangle Hoe

japanese garden landscaping hoe

If you hated weeding before, you just might end up enjoying it now because of this Japanese garden landscaping triangle hoe.

The shape makes it very fantastic for removing weeds both root and stern from your garden.

It allows you to access and remove weeds in really tight spots in your garden with ease.

10. Garden Knife/Soil Knife

gardening knife

A garden knife is essential for cutting sticks, flowers, or string. One can also use this tool to trim vegetable and fruit plants along with several other small jobs. Also called soil knife, they come in a compact size so a gardener can conveniently tuck it in his pocket.

11. Garden Rake

garden rake

All those splattered stones, rocks, and clogs on the ground can be removed before planting using a garden rake. Apart from this, you can use it for leveling as well as smoothing the soil surface. Besides, it is a handy tool to accumulate debris such as weeds and leaves.

12. Leaf Rake

leaf rake

A lightweight rake shaped like a fan with springy, flat tines expanding outward, which helps to rake the leaves. Further, you can use it to remove dead grass in the winter season. Without spoiling the grass and digging into the turf, this tool’s design enables you to skim over the ground smoothly. You will feel like combing your lawn.

14. Weed Puller

weed puller

Weeds quickly spread over a garden if not pulled out on time. A hand weeder is easy to use that will make garden maintenance a simple chore. Also, manually pulling off weeds is an environment-friendly option.

Moreover, this tool is designed in a way that you can use it in a standing position while putting minimum pressure on the lower back and knees. Simply, digs the tool in the ground and ensnare the weed roots between its claws. The opened claws will extract the weed from the ground through a pressing mechanism on the handle.

15. Garden Tiller and Cultivator

garden tiller

Want to use the hard, compact soil in your lawn for planting? I don’t think so. You’d want to use a garden tiller instead, which will help break it up into loose soil. It also mixes up loose dirt with compost to make it perfect for planting.

These heavy-duty tools are very good for preparing garden patches and flowerbeds. It allows you to create the perfect soil conditions for the growth of your garden. Thus, if you really want your plants and garden to get off to a good start, then getting a good garden tiller and cultivator is necessary.

16. Dandelion Digger

dandelion digger

Well, you might have got a hint of why you need this tool from the name itself. It helps remove tough dandelion weed from the ground in your garden. Generally, it seems like a large screwdriver, and the digging end formed like a fish-tail.

Without much effort, you can eliminate vast portions of the dandelion root at once using a dandelion digger with minimum damage to neighboring plants.

17. Pruning Shears

pruning shears

Tree branches do have a habit of growing all over the place. With a good pair of pruning shears however, you can keep them in check.

It’s ideal for cutting plant stems and light branches with ease. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or you’re just starting out planting your garden, a good pair of pruning shears will certainly serve you well as you grow and maintain your garden.

18. Loppers


This gardening tool looks and works like big scissors to prune twigs and thick branches that are 2 inches or less in diameter. It has a long handle with a front end looking like a beak that does all the slicing job.

Unlike a scissors though, you need both of your hands to operate this important gardening tool.

19. Pruning Saw

pruning saw

Do you need to cut bigger than ½” in diameter branches? Enters the pruning saw. This gardening tool has more cutting power which makes it suitable for pruning larger branches. Handheld pruners will fail to do this job appropriately. It cuts on the pull stroke, offering you outstanding control while sawing thick branches.

20. Garden Hose

garden hose

The plants in your garden need water to survive. They can start to wither if they’re not properly water.

Thus, you must invest in a sturdy garden hose to supply much needed water. Garden hoses come in three primary diameters, i.e., ½-inch, 5/8-inch, and ¾-inch. So, choose the one as per your yard requirement.

It is recommended to buy an adjustable nozzle to control the spray radius as well as water pressure. Also, it is ideal to select a rubber garden hose as it will serve you longer compared to the rest.

21. Watering Can

watering can

Any list of gardening tools is incomplete unless there’s a watering can included in it. A watering can with a sprinkler attachment allows you to give a sufficient amount of water to your flowers and plants. Additionally, there are adjustable sprinkler attachment to control the water flow as per the need of the plant and soil.

22. String Trimmer

string trimmer

Use a string trimmer to trim the grass in the areas that are difficult to reach with a lawn mower, such as under decks, fence, or near delicate shrubs and plants.

Give your garden a neat and tidy appearance.

23. Lawn Mower

lawn mower for garden

As a gardener, every now and then you’ll need to mow your lawn. None of the tools mentioned above can get the job done for you.

What you need is a good lawn mower. There are different types of mowers you can get for your lawn.

If you have a very big lawn, a riding lawn mower is ideal for it. You can use self-propelled walk behind lawn mowers for big lawns as well as smaller ones.

You also have the choice to choose between a hand powered or manual lawn mower and electric or even a gas powered one.

Still, if you don’t want any trouble of mowing the lawn at all, you can always opt for a robotic lawn mower to get the job done for you on a regular basis.

Your choice will likely depend on the size of your lawn, your budget and how much time you have to spare to get your lawn mown by yourself.

24. Leaf Blower

In autumn, a leaf rake is not enough to clean a large lawn full of fallen leaves. Thus, you should look forward to buying a leaf blower as well.

These are available as electric-powered and gas-powered models. It’s also the best option to gather leaves from smaller and less accessible spots such as around rocks or at the base of the fence.

25. Edgers

garden edger

Another must-have tool that gardening enthusiasts must have in their tool shed is the landscape edger. There’re different types of lawn or landscape edgers. Some are electric or gas powered, others are manual.

Edging your lawn, patio, flower beds, driveway and walkway helps define their shape and keeps everything around geometrically beautiful.

So, mowing your lawn is not enough, edging it is also very important. That’s why you need a good landscape edger included in your gardening tools to help you easily carry out this important gardening or landscaping task.

26. Dibber


It might not look like much, but a dibber is another important gardening tool you’ll find quite indispensable once you start using it in your garden.

It’s a pointed wooden tool you can use to dig holes in the ground for planting seeds, seedlings and small bulbs.

A dibber is a very simple gardening tool. In fact, you can easily make one by yourself by following the video below or if you want to, you can just buy one online.

They come in variety of shapes and designs which include L-shaped dibber, trowel dibber, straight dibber and T-handle dibber.

27. Hand Gloves

gardening gloves

Watch your hands! Gardening means handling those annoying and unpleasant splinters and thorns. So, make sure to wear a good pair of gardening hand gloves to prevent yourself from any injury while tending to your beautiful garden. You don’t want to see sore and irritated hands after fulfilling your gardening passion.

You will find an assortment of hand gloves specially designed to offer better protection and comfort while you’re sifting through the soil or handling plants.

28. Footwear/Boots

gardening boots

It’s always a good idea to wear gardening boots while working. Getting into the puddles of mud or unknowingly pricking thrones in the foot can be gross. So, go for durable, water-resistant, and easily washable footwear that’s ideal for wearing when the backyard is wet, muddy, or snowy.

29. Garden Fork

garden fork

When the shovel can be too harsh for the tender plants, replace it with the garden fork to penetrate hard soil! Professional gardeners use a garden fork for loosening up the ground soil. It is also useful to dig around plant roots carefully.

Those rigid tines on this garden tool look like a fork in your kitchen. Nevertheless, it’s not to have your meals.

30. Garden Scissors

garden scissors

Don’t neglect garden scissors to use any scissors lying in your closet drawer. Garden scissor is a highly versatile tool that you can use for various simple errands. From opening seed packets to pruning flowers, it is a do it all gear. Thus, if you are planning to invest in very few tools initially, do keep garden scissors handy.

31. Garden Kneelers

gardening stool and kneelers

Sometimes, taking care of your garden requires you to kneel down on the ground. With a good garden kneeler like the one shown above, you can kneel down on a soft comfortable pad while tending to your plants. It will protect your knees and clothes.

The one above also doubles as a garden bench when turned upside-down, and it has tool pockets you can use to store simple hand tools as you sit and work in your garden.

32. Soil pH Meter

soil pH meter

It is the cornerstone of your garden tools list. As a professional gardener, you need to regularly check the pH levels of the garden bed for the proper growth of the plants. Make this process quick and convenient by stacking soil pH meter in your garden shed.

The electric equipment is simple to use. Insert it into the soil water, and view the pH reading directly from a display screen. The pH value of your soil ranges from very acidic, slightly acidic, very alkaline, and slightly alkaline. By knowing this value, you’ll get an idea that which plants will cultivate best in your yard.

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