22 Common Gardening Tools With Names and Pictures, Their Uses, and Accompanying Videos


Gardening has never been easier for gardening enthusiasts, thanks to a range of gardening tools in the market. When starting out, every gardener has a vision of how they would like their ultimate garden to look like. It takes gardening skills and the right gardening tools to achieve the perfect garden. While there are gardening tools that have been there for the longest time you can remember, some more sophisticated tools have been introduced into the market as well. 

All these are designed to make gardening work easier, especially for beginners who are just getting started. However, before you even get to the purchasing part, you ought to familiarise yourself with these types of gardening tools. Besides knowing the name of tools used for gardening, it is more important to know how they are used. You can easily find lots of gardening tool pictures on the internet as well, for better understanding. 

This will help you make informed choices when picking tools from the market. You don’t necessarily need all of them, but the more you have the easier your gardening experience. In the meantime, here comes a list of gardening tools with names and pictures, 15 of them to be more specific:


garden rake pictures

Experienced gardeners know how much of value rakes are from the word go. Also, there are two types of garden rakes, the leaf rake, and the bow rake. The former is lighter for simpler gardening tasks like mulch spreading and gathering dead dry leaves into heaps for easy collecting. 

The bow rake on the other hand is stronger, making it fit for heavier tasks like soil leveling, spreading compost on elevated garden beds, moving sand and rocks during landscaping, among other uses. Below are some garden rake pictures:

leaf rake pictures

Understanding the kind of gardening work you have at hand will help you choose the right rake, but you can also never go wrong with having both of them. 

Garden Gloves

Garden Gloves picturesGloves are very vital gardening tools to not appear on this list. Why? They protect your hands from injuries and garden dirt. If you have thorny plants or flowers in your garden, you will value a pair of gloves. 

More importantly, if you have sensitive skin that reacts to various garden chemicals or fertilizers, garden gloves could come in handy too. The gloves should perfectly fit in your hands to prevent them from slipping out while working or allow particles inside. Such reasons justify why you need to invest in a good pair of garden gloves before you venture into garden work.


garden sprinkler pictures

Beautiful evergreen lawns are maintained through frequent watering. You don’t need to spend hours watering your grass when you can invest in a time-saving sprinkler. All it requires of you is to mount a sprinkler at certain locations in the garden for a number of hours and leave it watering your grass. Do this on a rotational basis until the whole garden is proportionally watered. You can even invest in more than one sprinkler and save time watering the whole lawn at one go.

Sprinklers are not complicated to handle, since all you need to do is connect them to a hose with flowing water. There are sprinklers you can mount from underground, thus not requiring you to use hoses. These are controlled remotely, using less effort. Sprinklers simply work by spraying water into the air, after which the water ends up soaked on the ground. The most common sprinkler type in the market is the oscillating one. 

Hand Trowel

hand towelHand trowels are very common among urban gardeners. They are the perfect fit for any type of gardening, from the yard to container and raised beds type of gardens. A hand trowel is used to dig up soil from the ground, transfer soil into containers, or plant seedlings. 

The small-sized hand trowels can easily go missing in the garden. It is for this reason you should invest in one with a bright-colored handle for easy spotting should you misplace them in the garden. 


Garden Hose

This tool works most effectively hand in hand with a sprinkler but can also work on its own in various ways. A long hose is very important in the garden, and don’t forget to consider flexibility when buying one. Watering the garden is a routine task, and you need the right hose for that.

One of the factors you should consider when purchasing a garden hose is the length plus weight. 

You should bear in mind the size of your garden so that you can easily determine the length of the hose you will comfortably work with. For the weight, it is in the sense that the hose should be easy to move around. Moreover, there are times you may need to use it to run hot water in the garden, so make sure it is designed to handle that as well. There is also a type of hose that facilitates drip irrigation in the garden, and it comes with small holes. You, therefore, need to figure out if you can use one.

Garden Hoe

garden hoe

One of the garden tools for digging, hoes are equally important in gardening. They are mostly needed during spring for prepping yards in readiness for planting. Depending on the kind of gardening you intend to dive in, different shapes and sizes are chosen. You may even decide to go for several hoe types, all depending on the diversity of your garden work. Find garden hoe pics below:

You will need a wider garden hoe for a vegetable garden that can easily spread compost for example. Weeding, spreading compost, chopping off unwanted garden growth are some of the garden tasks you can easily pull off with a garden hoe. 

Garden Spade

garden spade tools

If your garden work is likely to involve extensive digging, a spade is indispensable. Garden spades are supposed to fill in where hand trowels cannot manage. These tools are useful in several ways, including digging holes in tight spaces or where other plants are already in existence. Garden spades are also reliable when it comes to getting rid of deep-rooted weeds that your normal hands cannot easily pull out. 

What more is that you can quickly transfer a plant or instead transplant using a spade. Moving soil or dirt from one place to another is yet another task you can accomplish with a garden spade.

Several other digging tools names could work well along with a garden spade, such as a pointed shovel, auger, pincer, border folk, etc. 


Wheelbarrow picturesWhere heavy gardening tasks like transporting garden tools, compost, soil, rocks, sand or fertilizers are involved, a wheelbarrow should be considered. You do not want to break your back or die of fatigue carrying around garden stuff that a wheelbarrow can easily transport around.

It becomes easy to offload whatever you are carrying with the wheelbarrow, especially sand or soil, by simply elevating it to a certain angle to pour down your materials. Carrying your seedlings with a wheelbarrow also reduces the chances of tampering with them when transferring them.

Pole Pruners 

pole pruners pictures

Got plants or trees in your garden with branches that are blocking adequate sunlight penetration? All you need is a pole pruner, the perfect tool to eliminate dead or unnecessary branches. With a pole pruner, you can get rid of these branches before they fall. To maintain your pruner in the perfect shape throughout, you need to store it well to prevent rusting elements from rendering it ineffective. 

pole pruners

More importantly, when shopping for this type of pruner, bear in mind that they are available in manual, gas, or electricity-powered systems. It’s up to you to choose a pole pruner that you can comfortably handle without complications. 

Square Shovel

square towelsIn gardening, there are times when penetrating through packed compost or soil is required. 

The perfect gardening tool to fulfill that purpose is a square shovel. A square shovel is also used to shovel or scoop rocks, sand, mulch, or anything that requires scooping in the garden. You can also perfectly edge your lawn using this shovel, as well as cut roots in the garden. 

Leaf Blower

Leaf BlowerAs its name suggests, this gardening tool is used to blow strewn lawn leaves and gather them in piles. It blows air which then blows leaves in a specific direction, collecting them in heaps. It is ideal for more extensive lawns or yards, where it would take a lot of time to use a rake.

There are two types of leaf blowers, electric and gas-powered. The gasoline-dependent one comes in a backpack, making it easy for you to move around the lawn with it. The larger leaf blower is self-propelled, comes with wheels, is much stronger but more costly. 

Compost Fork

compost fork picturesThis fork is specifically designed to handle compost around the garden. The fork is ideal for gardeners who frequently handle compost. It has long tines which are slightly bent for easy compost scooping thus, you are not required to bend forward when using it. 

There are lighter compost forks, which you shouldn’t use to handle huge amounts of compost as they may bend or break. Instead, go for a fork that can handle certain levels of compost effortlessly. You can also use them to move heaps of dirt around the garden.

Lawn Mower

lawn mower gardeningThose neatly trimmed lawns are mostly made possible by a lawn mower. This tool is designed with rotating blades that neatly cut off grown grass on a lawn when powered. Grass grows faster when it is frequently watered, and for this reason, a lawnmower is designed to maintain that perfect lawn look. 

With a lawn mower, you can standardize or rather personalize the height of the grass to your desired size. 

Lawn mowers are also available in different versions. A low-budget lawn mower will require pushing around, but you can save your efforts by buying a self-propelled one that only requires you to guide it where to move. For bigger lawns, a ride-on lawnmower makes sense because you can ride them around the whole lawn in record time. 

There are also robotic lawnmowers, and these are remote-controlled. To choose the perfect lawn mower, consider your budget, size of the lawn, and, more importantly, power.

Seed Row Planter

seed row planterPlanting your seeds in a perfectly straight line shouldn’t trouble you when you can invest in a seed row planter. With this tool, you can evenly space your seeds and rows. The tool also allows you to create a small furrow making it easier to drop or plant seeds in a neat row. 

A walk-behind seed planter is ideal for gardens. It requires you to push it in a row as it opens up soil and plants seeds in specified depth, and then covers the seeds with soil.

Garden Boots

garden boots

Just as your hands require protection with the gloves, so do your feet. Gardens can house harmful insects that could harm or bite your unprotected feet. Again, your exposed skin could react to chemicals and garden fertilizers. Don’t forget thorns or other sharp objects that could prick your feet and injure you badly. These are situations that are easy to contain with the perfect pair of gardening boots. 

Don’t purchase just any boots, but a light-weight pair with which you can quickly move around with. Water-resistant boots will also protect your feet from any dampness when working in the garden.

The Bottom Line

The listed above consists of just a few among many gardening tools that you can find in the market. Learning about gardening tools uses helps you identify the kind of tools you need first when getting started as a gardener. As with most things, you will probably need to increase your collection as you find more uses for other tools.

It is crucial to only use a comfortable handling tool and refer back to the user manual for manufacturer directions. Also, maintain your tools well so that they can last longer. Proper storage of these tools also minimizes accidents when they are kept away from human traffic. 


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