Besides loppers and pruners, there are only about a half dozen other hand tools you’ll want to make your work with plants and dirt a little easier.

• Hand Weeder – Called a “weeding finger”, shaped like a large flat screwdriver with a notched blade. For pulling individual weeds and getting between cracks and pavers.
• Hand Trowel – Looks like a small spade shovel (about a foot long) used for scooping soil, digging holes for planting, weeding and all kinds of things. Stainless steel tools are best as they are easier to clean, don’t rust and the soil slides off better.
• Hand Scoop – Looks like a cross between a trowel and an ice cream scoop. Works better than a hand trowel when you need to hold more soil, compost and other material.
• Garden Spade – Can be long handle or short. Looks like a trowel, too, but has a wider spade. The larger long handle ones are great for small gardens and working around plants in your landscaping.
• Hand Hoe – These little beauties have a lot of technology in them today. Ergonomic handles, flex shafts, single and double blade designs and new materials created for all kinds of gardening functions.
• Hand Claw – Like a small rake with greater curved spines or teeth. Some have slightly springy teeth. Used for smoothing the soil and raking rocks out of small or raised gardens.
• Gardening Fork – Small pitch fork. Some are curved, some are straight. These are essential for breaking down dirt clods, spreading soil and compost and for digging in clay soil.

You can probably buy all the gardening hand tools you’ll need for around a hundred dollars. Some, like a garden fork, a hand hoe or a hand weeder you might find at a garage sale, but pruners, loppers, spades, trowels and shovels should be purchased new from a reliable dealer.

These you’ll use a lot and they need to be quality tools that fit your hands and body. My suggestion, however, is to always buy quality tools that feel right, no matter what. They’ll last longer, you’ll last longer and the job will be better.

So, take a weekend or so and explore what’s available in the garden area of your local Big Box, landscape retailers and garden stores. See what fits your hand and personality. And search any of the terms above orgardening hand tools or ergonomic garden tools using the Bing Custom Search Box on the right of this page to get a jump on your quest. There’s really a lot out there!.

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