101+ gardening tools list

Most gardeners don’t set foot in the garden without their trusty handheld trowel, favorite pruning shears, and perhaps a nice pair of gardening gloves. That being said, there are a whole host of other gardening tools! Here’s the ultimate list of garden tools for the avid gardener.

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Complete list of gardening tools

Here is the ultimate list of garden tools for homeowners. This gardening tools list includes all the basics, plus ideas for more uncommon and specialized tools. The list is separated into sections for digging tools, weeding tools, sweeping tools, cutting tools, watering tools, and even more gardening gear.

1. Digging tools for the garden

Here are the garden tools that many homeowners use for various tasks around the yard that require digging:

Garden shovels and spades

  • Garden Trowel: small handheld shovel for digging and moving soil
  • Pointed Shovel: standard D-grip garden shovel, scoops soil
  • Garden Spade: traditional D-grip spade, slices soil, not for scooping
  • Transplanting Spade: narrow spade for digging small, deep holes
  • Mini Pointed Shovel: pointed digging shovel for space-restricted areas
  • Mini Square Shovel: straight-edged shovel for small areas
  • Spear-Head Spade: digs and scoops soil, available in purple and other colors
  • Root Assassin Shovel: rounded slicing tip, large teeth on sides
  • Root Slayer Shovel: V-shaped slicing tip, serrated ripsaw sides
  • Metal Scoop Shovel: heavy-duty scoop for mulch, stones, compost
  • Trenching Spade: tall, narrow shovel for digging trenches
  • Drain Spade: tall, narrow shovel for cleaning out drainage ditches

More digging tools for the garden

  • Claws Garden Gloves: digging gloves with integrated claws
  • Spading Fork: loosen, lift, and cultivate soil (digging fork)
  • Bedding Fork: lift and carry compost or animal bedding
  • Manure Fork: lift, carry, and pitch manure and heavier materials
  • Dibber/Dibbler: poke small holes in the soil for plant seeds
  • Bulb Planter: cut and remove small soil cores to place bulbs
  • Long-Handled Bulb Planter: remove soil cores without bending over
  • Widger: traditional thin, trowel-like transplanting tool
  • Auger Drill Bit: auger for handheld drill for bulbs and bedding plants
  • Post Hole Digger: dual blade digging tool for deep narrow holes
  • Lawn Tine Aerator: remove cores of soil to introduce air pockets
  • Power Core Aerator: self-propelled walk-behind aerator machine
  • Digging Bar: sturdy pointed stick for in-ground prying

These digging tools have each been designed with a particular application in mind. Buy, borrow, or rent the right garden tool for the job. It’s generally worth it to invest in high-quality gardening equipment. If you use some of your different garden tools only once or twice a season, consider sharing and trading tools with a friend.

The complete list of gardening tools for home gardeners
Weeding tools for the garden

2. Weeding tools for home gardeners

Here is a list of the weeding tools used by many gardeners to keep their lawns and garden beds from becoming overrun with unwanted plants.

Small weeding tools

Larger weeding tools

These weeding tools are designed to slice, pry, pull, or even use heat to discourage weeds from growing where you don’t want them to. Hand-held garden tools are good for small jobs and tight spaces, but larger areas are generally much more efficient to weed with a long-handled or electrical tool.

Pruning shears - the ultimate list of gardening tools
Felco is a company that makes top-of-the-line pruning shears and other cutting tools for the garden.

3. Cutting tools for gardeners

There are quite a few cutting-type tools to use in the garden. Here is a list of gardening tools with blades for cutting and slicing plant matter and gardening supplies.

Pruners, scissors, and other garden trimmers

Garden knives and other horticultural blades

  • Hori Hori Garden Knife: traditional dual-blade steel knife
  • Box Cutter: retractable snap-off utility knife for supply boxes
  • Reel Mower: walk-behind lawn mower with steel blades
  • Electric Mower: cordless lawn mower with mulching capability
  • Edger: manual lawn edger with half-moon blade
  • Power Edger: wheel edger with motor
  • Pruning Saw: razor-tooth hand saw with folding blade
  • Harvest Sickle: handheld tool with curved serrated blade
  • Billhook: handheld brush axe with hooked blade and saw
  • Hatchet: handheld axe for chopping and splitting wood
  • Splitting Axe: full-sized axe designed for splitting wood
  • Bow Saw: handheld manual saw for cutting through wood
  • Pole Pruner: extendable stick pruner for high branches

These garden scissors, pruners, and other cutting and slicing tools have been designed to help you keep your landscape tidy.

Pruning shears - the ultimate list of gardening tools

4. Sweeping tools for gardeners

Gardeners use sweeping tools like outdoor brooms and rakes to keep the landscape looking nicely manicured.

These tools will help you keep your landscape spick and span!

Watering tools for yard work - list

5. Tools for watering the garden

Watering tools are one of the keys to a thriving garden. Here is a list of the best gardening tools for watering your lawn and garden beds:

These handy watering tools will help you water your garden quickly and efficiently!

Keeping your gardening tools sharp

6. More gear for the gardener

Here are even more gardening tools to add to the list:

  • Gardening Gloves: protective fabric gloves with rubberized palm
  • Kneeling Stool: garden bench stool and kneeling board combo
  • Kneeling Pad: foam pad to cushion knees while kneeling
  • Knee Pads: padded knee cushions with heavy-duty shield
  • Tool Belt: canvas tool pouch with waist belt
  • Wheelbarrow: for push transport of soil and other bulk materials
  • Garden Cart: wagon-style cart for pulling heavy loads
  • Carbide File: sharpening tool for straight-bladed gardening tools
  • Mallet: hammer with rubber head for softened blows on garden stakes
  • Lumber Pencil: heavy-duty broad carpenter’s pencil
  • Level: outdoor water-resistant manual level for landscaping
  • Power Drill: cordless electric drill for hardscaping applications
  • Multi-Tool: pocket-sized toolkit handy for small jobs
  • Drum Roller: large compaction roller for soil, seed, and sod
  • Stripe Roller: mini lawn roller for striped lawn mowing patterns
Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a quintessential Canadian gardener. An engineer by trade, she tends to an ever-expanding collection of plants. In her world, laughter blooms as freely as her flowers, and every plant is raised with a dash of Canadian grit.

Mary Jane is a certified Master Gardener and also holds a Permaculture Design Certificate. She's also a proud mom of three, teaching her little sprouts the crucial difference between a garden friend and foe.

When she's not playing in the dirt, Mary Jane revels in her love for Taylor Swift, Gilmore Girls, ice hockey, and the surprisingly soothing sounds of bluegrass covers of classic hip-hop songs. She invites you to join her garden party, a place where you can share in the joy of growing and where every day is a new opportunity to find the perfect spot for yet another plant.

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