Best Tools for Gardening

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Here is a review of the best garden hand tool sets for 2018

Gardening has been a joy for those who love it for many years and here are some items to make that job easier. Working the soil, adding the fertilizers, planting the plants and watching them grow brings great happiness for those who love getting in tune with nature.

Add in fresh air, sunshine and exercise and you have a hobby that greatly benefits you in many ways.

Some benefits to gardening are growing your own vegetables, beautifying your yard with flowering plants, adding shrubs or trees as a wind break or to stop soil erosion and attracting wildlife to your yard.

You can plant a garden anywhere. A large one on a large piece of property or on a farm, a good sized one in your backyard or you could have several containers on an apartment balcony.

Vegetables remain the number one thing people like to grow. There is nothing like growing healthy vegetables in your backyard to feed your family.

Flower gardens are also very popular. They add beauty to anyones landscape. Annuals, perennials or a mix of both used throughout your yard bring ambiance, style and charm to the area.

Another popular thing to grow is specific flowers that attract hummingbirds or butterflies. Pollen rich wildflowers like fennel, dill or milkweed work the best for attracting these beautiful creatures to your backyard.

Of course if you have the right tool for the job it makes that job so much more easier. This article will cover basic hand tools for doing things like digging, weeding, cutting and cultivating.


Basic Hand Tools for Gardening

The Garden Hand Trowel is your basic tool that has many uses. With it you can dig, remove weeds and scoop out fertilizers or compost. The hand trowel is a basic garden with many different uses.

A different version of the hand trowel is called the Transplant Trowel. Its unique design is not quite as wide as a regular trowel. This type of trowel works best for transplanting small plants and flowers. there are one inch gradations marks on the blade to help you dig to the right depth for transplanting.

The Bypass Pruning Shears are used for cutting stems and small branches. There are different sizes available but most are around 6″ to 8″ long and will cut branches between 5/8″ to 3/4″ in diameter.

The Hand Rake or Cultivator has many garden uses. They work great for removing dead leaves and plant matter from a garden bed. They work best in tight spaces and close to the surface.

The Hand Weeder does just that. It pulls small weeds out of your garden. Most of them are made with two small prongs on the end, to grab the root, and an angled shaft for leverage when you are pulling the weed out.

A Hori Hori Gardening Knife. Originally from Japan and called the Hori Hori knife has many uses in the garden. You can use it for weeding, digging, loosening soil, planting and transplanting. One side of the knife has a straight edge and the other has serrations. On some of these knives there are gradations marks on the blade.

A tote bag to carry all of your tools in sure comes in handy. It can become even handier if it folds out into a small stool to sit on. So there you have a place to sit and all of your tools at arms reach.

A foam kneeling pad sure helps to take the stress off of your knees when you are in a kneeling position.

A pair of gloves. Some people like getting there hands dirty and some don’t but a pair of gloves are nice to have around just in case you need them.


I have set certain criteria for doing this review-

– All items must be under $40.00

– All items must have at least a 4 star review on Amazon. Better quality items with a good peer review make the best purchase.

– All items must qualify for Amazon prime which means free shipping.

– After the reviews I will leave my recommendations below.

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Best Garden Hand Tool Sets

Fiskars Softouch 3 piece Garden Tool Set

The Fiskars garden tool set is a basic set that would work great for beginners.

– This set includes a hand trowel, transplanting trowel and a cultivator.

– All three are made with polished aluminum bodies that prevents rusting and soft contoured handles.

– The trowel works great for digging and weeding.

– The transplanter has gradation marks on blade.

– The cultivator forks are bent for easy weeding, loosening and aerating the soil.

– Lifetime warranty.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon

For a beginning set of garden tools for you this Fiskars set cannot be beat.




Tacklife 3 Piece Garden Tool Set

This kit contains a hand trowel, hand weeder and a cultivator.

– All 3 of these tools are made of heavy-duty stainless steel and comes with rubberizes handles.

– The hand weeder comes with a round fulcrum for better leverage while you weed.

– The cultivator’s 3 prong are bent for easy digging and aeration of your soil.

– The hand trowel is 13″ long.

– Comes with a 2-year warranty.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

These extra long tools from Tacklife provide you with plenty of leverage to make your gardening easier.




Garden Tool Sets With Bags

Songmics 9 piece Garden Tool Set

This kit includes 6 hand tools a spray bottle, a pair of gloves and a tote bag.

– All the tools are made of heavy- duty cast aluminum and have comfortable ergonomic handles.

– The tote bag measures 11 3/4″L x 5 1/2″D x 7 7/8″H and is very durable and also contains 8 pockets around the outside.

– Includes both a straight fork and a bent fork cultivator.

– The pruner is very sharp and comes with curved handles to easily fit your hand.

– Angled shaft on weeder for better leverage.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

This is a great starting tool set from Songmics that contains everything a gardener needs.




Scuddles 9 Piece Garden Tool Set

A beautiful unique garden tool set from Scuddles.

– The tote bucket is made of canvas with leather pads at the stitching points for more durability. Its round design, with a durable plastic bottom, makes it very easy for you to carry things in the middle compartment. The eight pockets around the outside carry all of your tools.

– This kit contains the basic 6 garden tools that every gardener needs.

– Also comes with a water bottle and a pair of garden gloves.

– The garden gloves are unique in that they come with fingertip claws which makes it easier to loosen the soil, weed, dig, transplant and aerate.

– The manufacturer gives a 12-month warranty on the garden tote and a 100% replacement or refund policy on tools.

– 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

This garden set from Scuddles with its very durable round tote and the fingertip claw gloves makes it a good buy for your gardening needs.




Aunifun 8 Piece Garden Tool Set

This is an all-purpose eight piece set of garden tools by Aunifin.

This kit contains-

– A transplanter for transplanting plants.

– A trowel for digging and working the soil.

– A rake for working the soil.

– A cultivator for aerating and loosening the soil.

– A weeder for digging up weeds.

– A pruner for trimming plants.

– A 12.2″L x 4.9″D x 10.4″T tote bag to carry everything in.

– Garden gloves with claws for working the soil in different ways.

– *5 out of 5 stars on Amazon*.

This is another great set of garden tools, with a great rating, from Aunifun.




Finnhomy 10 Piece All-IN-One Garden tool Set

Here is another garden tool set from Finhomy that contains the basic tools for gardening plus a couple of extras.

– This garden tote also substitutes as a stool for you to set on while gardening. It is made of heavy-duty steel with a long-lasting canvas padded seat and pockets. In the open position it measures 15.35″L x 13″D x 13″T.

– There is a safety strap that connects the two bottom bars to ensure the seat is safe for you to sit on.

– It has one main compartment and 18 side pockets and is designed to carry all of your garden tools and more.

– The tool bag is easily detached from the stool for conveniently getting to your tools.

– The other extra is a foam kneeling pad that measures 11.4″L x 5.51″W x .071″ T.

– Also included in this set is a pair of pruning shears, a pair of nitrile gloves and 5 of your basic garden tools with beech wood handles.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

This 10 piece garden tool set from Finhomy stands out with the added benefit of a stool to set on and the detachable tool bag.




BO-Toys 5-Piece Garden Tool Set

Here is a basic 5 piece set with a colorful seat from Bo-Toys.

– This brightly colored, sturdy folding seat comes with a detachable storage tote, to hold all of your tools, and two straps to carry it around.

– The open dimensions are 12″L x 13.5″W x 17.5″H and it weighs 4.5 pounds.

– Besides the folding stool and tote bag this kit contains


1- spade

1- weeder

1- rake

1- fork

– 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Made of lightweight aluminum and strong polyester material this 5 piece tool set and stool by Bo-Toys would be a great by.




Homdox 10 Piece Garden Tool Set

This 10 piece garden tool set from Homdox also contains a stool that has a backrest attached.

– Built with a sturdy aluminum frame and canvas covering for a long-lasting garden tool bag and seat.

– The tools in this kit are the 5 basic ones I have mentioned before and work great for all of your gardening needs. They are all made with rust resistant aluminum and have soft ergonomically designed handles.

– Also included in this kit is a water bottle, garden gloves and 165 ft bind line.

– 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

This 10 piece garden tool set from Homdox has a zippered detachable tote and a folding stool seat with a backrest and has a weight capacity of 220 pounds and is a great buy for anyone who loves gardening.





Here are 3 more unique items that definitely come in handy in the garden.


Claw Garden Gloves

A pair of gardening gloves with claws makes it so much easier to work the soil while planting, transplanting, digging or weeding that I thought I would include a review of the better ones I have found.

Ace Tooler-A pair of gardening Gloves with Claws and One Without Claws.

– The claws are made of high density ABS plastic.

– A lot of times you can use a claw glove to dig or weed instead of grabbing a garden tool.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon




Runfish Garden Gloves

Here is another double pair of garden gloves. One with claws and one without.

– These gloves can be interchanged, using two claws on one hand or just one claw and a regular glove or no claws at all.

– These claws are also made of ABS plastic and the gloves are made of a rubber latex making them waterproof and puncture proof.

– These gloves come with a service guarantee which mans this company will back its product after it is sold.

– 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon




6 Pairs of Garden Gloves from Enjoyist

These gloves are the same quality as I have listed above only the quantity is larger.

– This deal contains 4 pair of claw gloves and 2 pair of regular garden gloves at not that much more.

– 12 high quality garden gloves for $13.99 is a great deal.

– 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Some people like digging their bare hands into the ground and some don’t. Either way a pair of garden gloves with claws will make your gardening chores that much more easier.




Hori Hori Garden Knives

A garden knife, also called a Hori-hori knife, has many uses and is a must have for serious gardeners. It can be used mostly for cutting, sawing, digging and also as a metal detector.


Zenport Deluxe Soil Knife with Sheath

– This knife has a 6″ stainless blade that is serrated on one side and straight on the other.

– The gradation marks will help you when transplanting plants.

– The blade is wide enough to act as a trowel.

– The serrations on one side make it easy to saw through roots.

– It comes with a durable nylon cordura sheath and a bright orange handle to make it easy to find.

– This knife works great when you have to dig through hard clumps of dirt.

– 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.




Cielcera Hori Hori Garden Knife

– This is a quality garden knife that comes with a knife sharpener and a sheath.

– One unique thing about this knife is that the blade not only has gradations but that it is also concave to help you with your weeding and transplanting.

– The blade is 7″ long and made of stainless steel. Overall the knife is 12″ long.

– Comes with a full tang, protective hand guard and a wooden handle.

– Comes with a full 90-day money back guarantee.

– 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.




Sensei Tools Hori Digging Knife

– As with all other garden knives the Hori-hori garden knife is considered a multi-purpose tool.

– They can work as a regular knife, or to cut roots, plant or transplant plants, pull weeds, cut large stems or to trowel dirt.

– This knife is made out of stainless steel and resists rusting.

– The blade is 7.5″ long and 1.7″ wide and has gradations on one side. Total knife length is 12.5″ long.

– You get a full 90-day money back guarantee with this garden knife.

– This knife has a 4.9 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.


Garden knives are very versatile and have many of uses. I believe every avid gardener should own a pair.

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Garden Kneeler and Seat

Sometimes bending down or stooping over while gardening isn’t as easy as it once was, especially as you get older. Low and behold here is the garden kneeler. Also, called a garden bench or a garden seat they all perform the same function.

Taking stress off your lower back and knees while getting you closer to the area you are working makes it a whole lot easier to enjoy your hobby.

These garden kneelers are all basically the same but I will go over the features and benefits.



Tomcare garden Kneeler and Seat.

The Tomcare Garden Kneeler and Seat is a multi functional piece of equipment. It can easily be used to sit on or you can just flip it over and you can use it to kneel on.

– This unit measures 21.65″W x 10.62″D x 18.89″T and has a weight capacity of 330 lbs. Just the right size for you to sit or kneel on.

– Comes with a 2 pocket tool bag to hold your garden tools in and is easily flipped over to either side.

– It folds very easy for portability so you can use anywhere like fishing, camping or at the park.

– This product comes with a 1-year warranty.

– 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.




Garden Kneeler and Seat from Abco Tech

A great little seat/kneeler that folds flat for storage.

– Built with a strong metal frame this kneeler measures 23.4″L x 10.5″W x 19″T.

– Strong enough to hold over 300 pounds.

– The seat is made of Eva foam and plastic for comfort and durability.

– Comes with a risk free 100% satisfaction guarantee.

– 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.




Ohuhu Garden Kneeler and Seat

– This garden kneeler/seat measures 23.5″L x 10.9″D x 19.3″T.

– This sturdy steel frame has over a 330 pound weight capacity.

– This one comes with 2 tool pouches. One for each handle so you can carry twice as many tools.

– 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.




Here is one more unique garden tool that would come in very handy.


Bear Paws Cultivator Claw.

Here you have a hand-held claw that has many different garden uses.

– It can be used for aerating, digging, cultivating and digging.

– They are made of a nylon and have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

– Although I would not recommend this tool for both jobs i have seen these used for shredding brisket, pulled pork and chicken.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon

Think of the ways you can move your soil around with one or two for these on your hand(s). These claws are light, strong and will not rust. They are also recommended for people who have arthritis.




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Below are my recommendations for the best value for the products I have reviewed. These are in no particular order.

1- For the 3 piece garden tool set I would choose the “Tacklife 3 Piece Garden Tool Set.” Although Fiskars Tools has been around for decades and has a lifetime warranty the fact that the Tacklife set has a weeder instead of an extra trowel seems to make it more useful as a tool set.

2- For the garden tool sets that come with a bag I would recommend the “Scuddles 9 Piece Garden Tool Set.” This set has all the garden tools you need plus a spray bottle and a pair of gloves with a set of claws on the one of the hands.

Another great benefit to this set is the bucket. Since it has the leather reinforcements at all the stitching and a round plastic bottom for sturdiness and durability it is an outstanding choice for a garden tool set.

The manufacturers guarantee is also a benefit.

3- Another one I would recommend is the “Homdox 10 Piece Garden Tool Set.” The fact that it has a stool with a backrest means it could be a great benefit to anyone to use for other things besides gardening. A detachable tool bag is another plus for this product.

4- For the garden gloves with claws I would go with the “6 Pairs of Garden Gloves from Enjoyist.” This might be more than you might need right now however you could accidentally lose a pair or you can give them to friends. Either way this is the best deal on garden gloves with claws.

5- The Hori Hori knife is a unique tool that can be used in many ways. My recommendation would be the “Cielcera Hori Hori Garden Knife.” The concave blade that comes with gradations for transplanting and the added knife sharpener make this an absolute buy for someone that would like a garden knife.

6- For the garden kneeler/seat my choice would be the one from Ohuhu. With a slightly larger seat and weight capacity coupled with the extra tool pouch makes it the obvious choice.

7- The Bear Paws cultivator claws are a very handy innovation that would have many uses in the garden.


Whether it is your first time in a garden or you have decades of experience there are several tools that are a must have when you are working in the garden and others that are just nice to have around. The trowel, weeder, pruning shears and the cultivator would be the basic tools you will need.

Other tools that come in handy is the garden knife, transplanter trowel and the claw gloves. Of course having a bag to put them into and something to sit on is also nice.

If you need any more assistance with garden tools please leave your email below.


Here is a You Tube video on garden tools.

3 thoughts on “Best Tools for Gardening

  1. Hi David!

    Lovely site. I love gardens, and nature in general! Your topic of the site is great! Knowing how to treat a garden and how to work in it is a gift.

    Your listing of the tools is awesome. The tips as well.
    Unfortunately, we don’t have a garden at home, but the terrace and a hedge around it.

    Sometimes we are treating the hedge by ourselves, sometimes we hire somebody!

    Having a green view around your home is great stuff. It is relaxing and gives the feeling of nature around you!

    Keep up the good work. Very nice job!

    Best regards!

  2. I enjoyed reading this article, I found it very informative and helpful. Coming from a country background i’ve always been around ‘gardening’ on a bigger scale, where machinery has been used. I’ve been wanting to start a veggie garden of my own, with your review on the best hand garden tools of 2018 I will know what tools I’m going to need. Thankyou

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