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Top 3 Garden Trowels - A Shovel in Hand


Most planting takes place down on your knees with a garden trowel. Every gardener eventually has a favorite trowel. A lot depends on the soil you'll be working with and the task you're undertaking. Narrow blades are great for digging small holes for seedlings while wider blades move soil faster.

One thing you should always look for in a trowel is a strong, solid blade. Steel blades will last longest.

The greatest variety will come in the choice of handles, where comfort takes priority. Chances are good you will wind up with more than one trowel in your gardening bag.

1. OXO Good Grips Gel-E Garden Trowel

OXO Good Grips Gel-E Garden Trowel
OXO always makes a good tool and their line of Good Grips Gel-E Garden Tools is no exception. The blades are high-quality stainless steel, so they won't rust. The blade edges are serrated and cut through small roots. And they have measurement markings that are clear enough for most people to actually see.

But it's the soft grip handles with flexible gel that makes these tools a joy to use, especially when digging requires force. $8.95

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2. Garden Brand Wristsaver Trowel

Garden Brand Wristsaver Trowel

Gardeners are at high risk for carpal tunnel and arthritis, but this rarely stops them. Thankfully there are many new tools coming on the market to keep us gardening longer and in less pain. The Wristsaver Trowel is one of them. It supports your forearm and holds your wrist at an upright angle. It's awkward at first, but you get used to it quickly. There's a knob on top, so you can use both hands for added strength. Around $19.00

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3. Spear & Jackson Heritage Garden Trowel

For the traditionalist, they still make the classic wooden handle - green metal blade trowel. This one has a carbon steel blade and the hardwood handle is weatherproofed. I've had one for about 11 years now and it's in great shape, despite regular abuse. They say it's tanged for knuckle clearance. If they hadn't put that in the description, I would never have thought of it. So I guess it really is tanged. 25 year guarantee. $20.53

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