Garden Gear - Garden Tools

The best hand tools for spring

Karina Leimanis
Photography by
Roger Yip

Whether you need to prune, trim, dig, rake or hoe, 2009's top picks are still great choices


Clockwise from top:

Combisystem Two-Star Tiller is ideal for loosening soil and seed-bed preparation. $29.99; Gardena

When preparing to plant, the Botanica Level Head Rake is excellent for levelling the ground. $12.94; Garant

The Botanica Cultivator helps to loosen and break up the soil. $11.10; Garant

Combisystem Hand Hoe is great for loosening soil and weeding. $14.99; Gardena.

No matter how you grab this ergonomically designed handle, the Dogo Thumb Rake fits comfortably in your palm. $16; Accents de Ville.

Garden Hound Mini Tiller breaks up soil and is perfect for tight spaces. $5.98; The Home Depot.

Combisystem Hand Rake works well to clear out leaves between plants. $15.99; Gardena.

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