The 15 Most Common Gardening Tools with Names, Use and Pictures

In order to make yourgardening journey, you should consider buying the most common Gardening Tools.

We collected in this article the most important Gardening Equipments with Names with pictures and the common uses / functions of each one.

List of Common Gardening Tools

Here the Gardening equipments you should choice depending on your garden/patio/Greenhouse.

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There are manual Gardening Tools and Electric Gardening Tools. The Electric Equipments are good for large garden or for lazy gardeners.

Shovel Gardening GlovesWheelbarrows
Pruning ShearsPitchforkLawn Mowers
TrowelHedge TrimmerLoppers
HoeSawsHose
WeederRakesBroadfork
Grass ShearsLeaf BlowersGress Edgers
Lawn AeratorIrrigation SprinklerSpade
MattockWatering CansPost-Hole Diggers

Gardening Tool: Shovel

Gardening Tool: Shovel
Gardening Shovel

The first one in the Gardening Tools is Shovel.

A shovel is hand tool made from fixing two parts: Broad Blade (usually made from Steel or hard Plastique) and a Shovel’s handle (mostly made from Wood)

Common use Different types of Gardening Shovel:
– Digging
– Lifting
– Moving Materials (Soil)
– Gardening Trowel
– Spade
– Square Shovel (Deep blade with ribs provide strength and high capacity)
– Toy Shovel ( used a plaything for kids on gardens, yards … )
– Drain Spade

Our selection for The Top 3 Gardening Shovels:

  1. Radius Garden 22011 Root Slayer Shovel
  2. Bond LH015 Mini D Handle Shovel
  3. Fiskars 46 Inch Steel D-handle Digging Shovel

We will discuss the use of ach one in the next sections. Meanwhile, check the following Video How To Choose The Right Shovel 

Gardening Equipment: Spade

Gardening Equipment: Spade
Garden Spade

Spade, mostly, has a shard edges in order to force digging in a surface.
The Spade handle are long which helps apply substantial force.

The common used of Spade in gardening are:

  • Digging in hard Ground
  • Scraping
  • Shoveling
  • Can be used for planting
  • Used also for Soil transplanting

Even for Spade, you can find different types of Space within:

  • Drain Spade
    • Used for transplanting live trees and shrubs and uprooting. Drain Spades are used for digging deep holes
  • Round Mouth Shovel
  • Square Mouth

Here our selection for The best 3 Gardening Spades:

  1. Fiskars 46 Inch Steel D-handle Square Garden Spade
  2. Bully Tools 14-Inch Drain Spade with Fiberglass D-Grip Handle
  3. Spear & Jackson 4454BS Traditional Stainless Steel Border Spade

Garden Trowel

Garden Trowel Gardening Tools
Garden Trowel

Garden trowel, a tool with a pointed, scoop-shaped metal blade and wooden, metal, or plastic handle.

It is used for

  • breaking up earth,
  • digging small holes,
  • especially for planting and weeding,
  • mixing in fertilizer or other additives,
  • and transferring plants to pots. (source: wikipedia)

Gardening Tool: Rakes

Gardening Tool Rakes
Gardening Tool: Rakes

Rakes: “a garden tool with a long handle and long, pointed metal parts sticking out in a row at the bottom, used for making the earth level or for collecting leaves, etc.” (2).

The Rake’s teeths are usually made from steel, plastic, bamboo, Wood or Iron.

Garden Rakes have fairly long, straight heads which have short, rigid tines. They are designed for some heavy jobs, such as breaking up hard soil and creating planting rows. (3)

The Best 3 Gardening Rakes you may consider are:

  1. Corona Fixed Tine Shrub Rake, Aluminum Handle, 8-Inch Wide
  2. Bully Tools Bow Rake with Fiberglass Handle and 16 Steel Tines
  3. Jardineer 63 inch Adjustable Garden Rake Leaf

Garden Hoe

Garden Hoe Gardening Equipment
Garden Hoe

A hoe is an ancient and versatile agricultural and horticultural hand tool used to shape soil, remove weeds, clear soil, and harvest root crops.

Shaping the soil includes piling soil around the base of plants (hilling), digging narrow furrows (drills) and shallow trenches for planting seeds or bulbs.

Weeding with a hoe includes agitating the surface of the soil or cutting foliage from roots, and clearing soil of old roots and crop residues. Hoes for digging and moving soil are used to harvest root crops such as potatoes.

Hoes for digging and moving soil are used to harvest root crops such as potatoes. (4)

The are different types of Hoes for Gardening:

  • Draw hoes  
    • with a heavy, broad blade and a straight edge
    • Typical for Gardening or Farming
  • Scuffle hoes
    • Dutch hoe
    • Hoop hoe
    • collinear hoe
    • Swoe hoe
  • Wheel hoes, …

Gardening Tool: Pitchfork

Gardening Tool Pitchfork
Gardening Tool: Pitchfork

PitchFork is a handtool used in gardening/farming. The best forks are designed with a tempered/stainless  steel head for rust resistance and minimal soil adhesion.

The main uses of PitchFork are:

  • It help cuts easily into compost and
  • is useful for lifting large volumes
  • Perfect for digging vegetable beds and borders

Depending on the teeths numbers, layout and the handle shapes, Forks can have different types:

Garden Fork Compost Fork
Spading Fork or Digging Fork Manure Fork
Border Fork Ensilage Fork
Potato Fork Broad Fork

Manual Weeder

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Manual Weeder

The next Gardening Tool is Weeder.
Actually, Weeder is a handtool designed to ease the removal of weeds in garden/ lawn.

Manual Weeder is ideal for removing dandelions, thistles and other invasive weeds.

There are mainly 3 types od manual Weeders:

Garden Mattock

Garden Mattock
Garden Mattock

Mattock is an important gardening tool for breaking up the clay soils and working around established trees with the roots.

There is no need to have a pick and a hoe, if you have a mattock.

Gardening Tools: Pruners

Gardening Tools Pruners
Gardening Tools: Pruners

This is yet another gardening tool that a gardener cannot simply do without.

This is because the process of shaping of a plant, their pruning, and deadheading goes on throughout the year.

So, if you want a cleaner cut on the plants then you should use pruners. The do not rip or tear the plant.

Typically, there are two types of pruners that you can choose from.

The anvil pruners and bypass pruners. A word of caution here; buying pruners can be a costly exercise, so be very careful in your selection.

Hand shears are primarily used for pruning and trimming shrubs and bushes. Like the garden shovel, you may have to invest a little on this one.

You do not have to buy a really expensive pair but cheap ones need to be replaced more often.

Our selection for The Top 3 Selling Hand Pruners is:

  1. Fiskars 91095935J Steel Bypass Pruning Shears
  2. VIVOSUN 6.5 Inch Gardening Hand Pruner Pruning Shear 
  3. TABOR TOOLS Pruning Shears

Loppers

Gardening Loppers
Gardening Loppers

This tool can also be used to trim shrubs and bushes but with its long handle, it is ideal to use in branches that cannot be easily reached by a hand shear or clipper.

The handle is made of either metal or wood. Choose one with a comfortable grip.

You do not have to buy expensive loppers as the blades can be easily sharpened or replaced.

Wheelbarrow

Wheelbarrow
Wheelbarrow

As you progress on your gardening, you realize that you need to move a lot of things around dirt, compost, plants and concrete. Such a chore will not be possible without a wheelbarrow.

Make sure that the one you purchase is not too heavy for you and the handles can be gripped comfortably.

You may also consider a four-wheeled cart, which is cheaper, if you intend to move only light objects.

Gardening Watering Tools: Garden Hose

Garden Hose Gardening Tools
Garden Hose

This tool sustains the life of your garden plants and depending on the plants that you have, you may get to use this everyday.

You again have to make an investment on this one (Yes, gardening can be costly.) as cheap hoses often kink which is really frustrating.

Rubber will be able to better withstand changes in weather. Also go for a hose reel. It’s easier to put the hose away and it helps keep the hose in good condition.

Before making a purchase, measure the length of your lot. You do not want to keep disentangling the hose just because you bought one that is too long.

Lawnmowers

Lawnmowers
Lawnmowers

Luxus Push Reel Mower rated as best by the gardening aficionados provides large top cover that protects overhanging flowers and shrubs.

Another special gardening tool called American Lawn Mower Deluxe has also been accredited as best, which will be helpful to operate on elbow grease alone and causing no pollution.

However, this is not conducive for too tall grasses.

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Gardening Gloves

How to Chooses the right Gardening Gloves

Gloves protect your hands from blisters, thorns and cuts while doing rough work like digging or pruning in the garden.

Investing in one or more pairs of quality gloves is a good decision.

Each of the two Legacy Gardens gloves you will receive complement each other to make pruning thorny roses, composting and digging safe and easy.

The cut and puncture resistant goat leather cannot get cut through by rocks, thorns, twigs and scissors.

Check our guide to The Full guide to Gardening Gloves: Buying Criteria, Types and Top 5 Review.

Gardening Boots

Gardening Boots
Gardening Boots

Here our guide to Gardening Boots: Top 5 Farm Boots for Gardener: Advantages & Review.

The main advantages of Farm Boots for Garder are:


Sources:

  1. How To Choose The Right Shovel – DIY At Bunnings
  2. Cambridge dictionary
  3. What are the different types of rake?
  4. Hoe (tool)