Gardening tools are your best assistant. You would use a leaf rake to clean your lawn from dead leaves, or use a pruner to do or take cutting from your garden.

Keeping your tools in a good shape and using the right tool is essential to make gardening tasks effective and easy to do.

This roundup covers all what you need to know about gardening tools. It includes tools list, tools care, how to choose the right tools, what tools you should start with and how to store your tools right.

Now, without any more introductions let’s begin.

Gardening Tools List

At the begging of this guide let me introduce you to all types of the gardening tools.

Hand Tools

• Forks
• Shovels
• Hand Trowel
• Rakes
• Dutch Hoe
• Edger
• Pruner
• Hedge Shears
• Lopper
• Pruning Saw
• Tree Pruners

Power Tools:

  • Cultivators
  • String trimmer
  • Irrigation sprinklers
  • Hedge trimmers
  • Lawn aerators
  • Leaf sweepers
  • Trenchers
  • Leaf blowers
  • Chainsaws
  • Mini-tractors

Tools Types and Uses

Garden Tools Buying Guide | With all the tools present nowadays on the market, it’s easy to get confused and you don’t want to end up with the wrong tool for the job.

That’s why this guide is very important to check before you hit the market and buy your tools. It lists all types of tools and what it is used for so you can form an idea and choose the tool you really need.

Tools used for gardening

What Tools Used for Gardening Should You Start With

Alison Levey (an amateur based in Leicester who love writing about her garden and own “The Blackberry Garden” blog) has a point of view about the tools beginner gardener might need and she was very kind to share it with us.

There are certain tools that every beginner will need and it is probably a matter of opinion what they might be.

Personally I think as a bare minimum you need a trowel, a good pair of secateurs and a garden spade.

With these three tools you can make a start on cutting back, planting and some digging. My favorite weeding tool is my hori-hori, a Japanese gardening knife.

I can weed with it, chop things a little and also plant small plug plants/bulbs. I would be lost without it.

Which other tools you might need you will work out as you consider what you want to do. In terms of buying tools, I think it is important to be able to be able to go in person and try the tools out.

See how they feel in your hands and how comfortable they are to use. Price is a matter of personal resource, but the most expensive are not necessarily the best.

I find Youtube really useful in seeing how to use tools that are new to me and I also read online reviews of particular manufacturers etc, these are invaluable if you are committing to an expense on something I have not used previously.

Factors To Be Considered When Buying Gardening Tools

Todd Heft share on his blog “Big Blog Of Gardening” advice and tips about growing flower and vegetable gardens and caring for lawn without any synthetic fertilizer or pesticides.

I asked Todd about the 3 factors that he follow when buying a new tool

1: Buy the tools appropriate for the kind of gardening you’re doing (vegetables, fruit, cut flowers, perennials, etc.). Every young gardener goes over the top and buys things that are relatively useless and collect dust in the shed.

2. Do not buy cheap tools. Inexpensive, poorly designed tools are notorious for breaking or bending at 5PM on Sunday when you have plenty of light left and the stores are all closed. Tools should have strong metal blades which maintain sharp edges and fiberglass or ash handles.

3. When starting, you really only need the basics: a garden rake, garden hoe, spade shovel, a pruner, a lopper (for branches), hand trowel, and a cultivator (that 3-prong tool), which is great for weeding. These are still pretty much all I use.

What Specs You Should Look for in Any Tool

How to Choose Gardening Equipment and Tools | This guide is very simple and straight to the point. It lists what you should look for in any tool you going to use at your garden in just 7 points.

Store Your Tools The Right Way

Did you opened your garage to take your tools and start a new gardening season only to found them covered with rust and in a bad shape to use.

To avoid situations like this I asked Alexandra Campbell (an author, journalist and blogger who love gardening and own “The Middle Sized Garden” website), how to store gardening tools right and she said:

The best way to keep your tools is to make sure they’re clean and dry – wipe off the dirt and give a quick rub with linseed oil.

If you keep the smaller tools in a trug or carrying box which you can take round the garden with you, you’re less likely to leave them in a border and forget about them.

Don’t leave tools outside, always put them away under cover. If you have a plastic tool shed, make sure there is ventilation or condensation can rust your tools.

Tools Care


For example, Shovels are the tools that “getting dirty” is its name of the game. If it didn’t getting good care of, it won’t be effective during tasks and it will ware out in a short period of time.

Shovels and all other tools used for gardening, needs to be cleaned,oiled,sterilized and sharpened to be in a excellent working condition for a very long time.

Below is a great info from brilliant gardeners, to help you maintain and keep your tools always in a good shape.

How to Clean Your Tools

“Video” How to Clean Garden Tools and Pruning Shears | Cleaning your gardening tools is no rocket Science, but it is easy to overdo something so simple to do. That’s why watching Christy’s video about cleaning and maintaining gardening tools will save you a lot of time and trouble.

Sterilize Your Tools to Minimize Infection

“Video” How to Sterilize Gardening Tools : Smart Gardening | This video from eHow garden has an easy technique to sterilize your gardening tools more efficiently. It will teach you what to use to sterilize your tools and what part of your tools should you focus on during sterilization.

Bring Rusty Tools back to Its Working Condition

“Video” How To Clean Rusty Tools With Vinegar | Follow AlaskaGranny’s easy and best way to bring your rusty tools back to its best condition. AlaskaGranny’s way to clean rust from garden tools depend on vinegar because it is inexpensive and natural way.

Why Do Some Things Rust? | This article from Wonderopolis will walk you through the process of rusting with ways on how to prevent it.

Care and Maintenance Guide

Garden Tool Care and Maintenance | Garden Tool Company made a beautiful guide about how to do tool care. They cover everything like cleaning,sanding,oiling and sharpening.


Now it is easy to hit the market to buy the tools you need. Also it is easy for you now to keep your tools in a good shape and perfect working condition. That will save you money,effort and will make your gardening experience a little more easy and fun to do.