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The 10 Best Garden Tools for the Beginner

Are you a beginner gardener wondering what tools to use in the garden? Here is my top 10 list of the best garden tools.

No gardener is ready for the growing season without some tools of the trade.

People often ask me what the best garden tools are for maintaining beautiful borders.

It’s a pretty simple list and you may already have most, but I bet there are a few things on here you haven’t seen or heard of before that I LOVE and use all the time.

And I think I love buying new garden tools as much as I do plants and flowers.

Anything that makes the job easier is a total win for me!

With so many options available, these are the best garden tools to use while planting, weeding, and pruning.

Wait until you see my go-to garden tool favorites!

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Here is a list of tools you may already have.

I use them throughout the gardening season and update them every so often.

Particularly when I lose or misplace them.

Do you do that too?

Ugh, too often for me.

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Hand Tools

To me, the best hand tool is a garden trowel. I use it all the time, particularly in spring and fall when I’m planting annuals and small perennials.

Having a set like THIS ONE on hand is great because you are ready for planting in spring and fall, and can easily cultivate the soil while you are working.

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Pruners

Every gardener needs a good set of pruners like THESE or THESE.

To me, you can never have too many pruners.

I misplace them all the time so I tend to keep a few on hand and store them in several areas of my yard for those moments when I want to quickly prune or deadhead spent flowers.

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Garden Fork

To dig and divide plants, you’ll need a garden fork to help loosen roots and lift plants out of the ground.

When I divided that hydrangea a few years ago, my garden fork was a true lifesaver.

Because the spade shovel couldn’t finish the job.

Garden forks can be used for planting, dividing, loosening soil, and spreading mulch.

It’s a multi-tasking tool you’ll use again and again in the garden.

I’ve had my garden fork since I started gardening, so buy a good quality garden fork like THIS ONE.

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Spade Shovel

Spade shovels are great tools when you are digging and dividing plants.

I’ve also used my spade shovel for planting as well.

This is another garden tool you’ll have forever so choose a good quality one like this Spade Shovel.

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Garden Shovel

And much like the spade shovel and garden fork, you need a garden shovel like THIS one.

They are great for heavy-duty digging and starting new gardens.

But they are also perfect for adding compost and soil too.

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Garden Rake

Another go-to tool for me is the garden rake.

This is another garden tool you’ll have forever if you take care of it.

I use my garden rake to help clean debris out of the beds in spring and fall.

It’s also great for helping to spread mulch.

Garden rakes like this one are the perfect asset to any gardener’s tool shed.

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Wheelbarrow

And you’ll definitely need a wheelbarrow like this one for almost everything you do in the garden.

From hauling soil and compost to moving plants from one side of the yard to the other, you’ll want a good quality wheelbarrow.

I use mine all the time!

I’ve replaced mine over the years, but in general, they last a long time.

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Hand-Held Weeding Tool

This weeding tool is a game-changer because it pulls weeds out, root and all.

It’s also great for getting under rocks.

And if you live in an area with rocky soil as I do, THIS TOOL is a gardener’s must-have.

Weeding is so much quicker, easier, and this is probably my favorite gardening tool.

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Stand Up Weeding Tool

Much like the handheld version, this stand-up weeding tool is another gardening must-have because it helps you weed from an upright standing position.

Save your back with this very effective weeding tool!

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Collapsible Storage Bin

The Collapsible Storage Bin is not so much a tool as it is helpful for collecting garden debris while working.

It holds ALOT of garden debris, is very light, and folds flat for easy storage.

I keep a few of them on hand so I can collect more and dump it into the compost pile in fewer trips.

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Looking for More Garden Supplies?

I shared a great list of 67 must-have garden supplies to prepare you for the next growing season.

CLICK HERE to see the list!

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  1. What a great list Stacy! I’d forgotten some of those, but now that you remind me, I’m going to want to go shopping very soon! Especially if it’ll make my yard look like yours! 🙂 Thanks for the recommendations!