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:

Take the guesswork out of planting bulbs and use the Hand Bulb Planter for perfect holes every time. $3.99; Canadian Tire

Planter’s Buddy is the seven-in-one tool that measures, cuts, plants, weeds and more. $17.99; Garant.

The Planter makes sowing seeds a breeze, and the die-cast zinc metal tip won’t rust. $14.99; Gardena.

The Combisystem Hand Trowel is made from high-quality steel, and won’t warp while planting or digging. $15.99; Gardena.

The traditional Japanese Weeding Knife uproots weeds, cuts bags and digs deep. $40; Design Within Reach 23 Try The Dibbler, with its sturdy handle for easy sowing. $4.99; Home Hardware.

The Hand Transplanter has a poly gel grip for comfy handling. $7.98; Garant.

The Wigan Garden Fork—made in England since 1780—is a classic. $30; Design Within Reach.

A classic trowel is our must-have for the season. Botanica 3" Trowel, $7.98; Garant.

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