10 Tools Every Gardener Must Have

Life as a gardener is very interesting and fulfilling. Taking care of plants not only makes you a better person but by doing so, you are helping to make the world a more beautiful and healthy place. Nonetheless, it is not as easy as it may seem—simply weeding or watering plants. It requires skills, patience, commitment, and a couple of tools. To make your gardening venture a success, these are some of the must-have tools to keep in your toolbox.


This is a must-have when creating your personal gardening toolbox. A scissors can be used for many things—snipping herbs, harvesting small vegetables and fruits, or for pruning flower stems. Whether it’s a household or heavy-duty scissor, it is a necessary tool for gardening.


Also known as a “dandelion digger“, the weeder is another popular tool in a gardener’s toolbox. It can be used it to pry up weeds and crabgrass. It is very efficient as it has long ends that penetrate easily into the soil to remove weeds roots.

Soil Knife

This is a Japanese tool composed of a stainless steel concave blade with sharp and serrated edges. It can be used to cut through roots, to weed, and to transplant seedlings. It is considered a complete garden tool.

Pruning Shears

Don’t mind its small size and lightweight, this tool is among the sharpest in the gardening world. A pruning shear can be used to do all sorts of things. For example, you can prune woody twigs or deadhead flowers.

Water Hose

Water is a very important component for the growth of plants. After a hard day’s work, a watering session is the final piece of the jigsaw. Keep a long and strong watering hose to help keep your plants hydrated.

Digging Shovel

This is a rounded-blade or square-edged tool which is indispensable for planting large plants—larger than your hand. To guarantee control when digging the soil, the shovel needs to be held with two hands.

Edging Spade

This flat-blade is a must-have for any gardener who is fond of style and precision around the garden. With it, you can edge a garden, scrape the soil, slice turf properly, or mulch a surface.


Imagine you need to cut a branch larger than your finger—pruners won’t do it. You’ll need a larger blade like a lopper. I lopper offers more leverage and versatility. It can easily cut branches with a diameter of 2 inches.

Garden Rake

This tool is very important when cultivating and prepping the soil after winter. Nonetheless, you can use it for other tasks like leveling mulch, scratching the soil to make it more porous, or to level the soil to seed a new lawn.

Pruning Saw

A pruning saw is an all-purpose gardening tool. With it, you can work in tight places. It has a razor-tooth blade that can cut right through stems the size of your arm. It is a very powerful tool to have nearby.

These are among the most popular tools to have in your gardening toolbox. If you have suggestions on other popular ones that have worked for you, please let us know in the comment section.