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Top Ten Garden Hand Tools

As a homeowner, you have many responsibilities, including outdoor yard and garden maintenance. Whether you have a simple lawn, an ornate landscape design, or something in between, here are ten yard and garden hand tools that you will need:

  1. Shovels

    Shovels come in many varieties: round point digging shovels, square point digging shovels, scoop shovels, drain spades, trenching and irrigation shovels, even snow shovels. Each has its own specialized use. Choose from a variety of handle styles: long, short, and ergonomic.

  2. Rakes

    There are two basic types of rake: the leaf, lawn, and shrub rake and the bowhead or level head rake. The first is basically used for lawn and leaf raking and the second for ground preparation for planting.

  3. Hoes

    Hoes have been the premier tool for weeding and ground preparation for centuries. A good basic hoe will suffice for most homeowner tasks, but there are also a number of specialty hoes for specific uses.

  4. Brooms

    A sturdy, tough-bristled push broom is a must for keeping your garage floor, driveway, sidewalks, and patio clean and debris-free. You will also need a whisk-type broom for corners and tight places.

  5. Lawn Tools

    Weeders and edgers will keep your lawn looking neat and trim. Weeders come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some require sitting or bending, others can be used in a standing position. Edgers trim the lawn where it meets sidewalks and driveways.

  6. Shrubbery Tools

    Like shovels, these come in a wide variety: lopping saws, pruners, lopping shears, hedge shears, floral shears, and floral trimmers. You can choose cutting edges of either the anvil or bypass design. These tools will keep your shrubbery neat and tidy.

  7. Wheelbarrows

    This is a near-indispensable item for hauling dirt, rock, and gravel in your new yard wheelbarrows are made of either metal or plastic, and a pneumatic tire is recommended.

  8. Sledge Hammers

    These come in a wide variety of sizes, from the big 16 pound rock-breaker to the little two-point stake driver. You will want at least a couple of these in large and small sizes.

  9. Trowels

    Trowels are used to dig small holes for planting flowers and shrubs. Trowels can be found in a variety of sizes and shapes. You will probably want one with tines and another with a curved blade.

  10. Mattocks/Picks

    Not just for grizzled miners, the pick or mattock is a very useful tool for breaking up hard soil to prepare it for planting.

There are many other specialized lawn and garden hand tools, in addition to a myriad of power tools for lawn and garden, but this list will give you a good start.