10 Essential Gardening Tools (for Better Gardening)

10 Essential Gardening Tools (for Better Gardening)

What tools do gardeners use the most? Gardener Scott discusses and demonstrates 10 gardening tools he uses more than any others. These essential gardening tools make gardening easier and should be part of every gardener’s tool box. (Video #281)

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  1. Timothy Mclaughlin on February 12, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Hello gardener Scott hope you and your family are doing well. My question is what causes end rot on green peppers

  2. Advocate Sanjay Khimesara on February 12, 2022 at 10:24 pm


  3. Nancy Webb on February 12, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    I couldn’t garden without my short handled dual headed weeding tool.

  4. Tommy McKiddy on February 12, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    You gotta get a hori hori. I recommend the Dig Dig. Awesome tool. I also recommend a cultivator and a whole bunch of 5 gallon buckets.

  5. Paige and Dana Jackson on February 12, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    I love these tool suggestions! I couldn’t help but notice the nice shade cloths in the background. Do you have any recommendations for good shade cloths?

  6. Bob in Leavenworth on February 12, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Darn it, Scott! I watched this video a couple days ago and agreed with most of what you said, but when you were discussing a long-handled spade, I thought, "My wooden-handled spade is doing just fine after almost 30 years." Well, you guessed it, it broke this morning. I had to pay more than I wanted to, but I got a fiberglass-handled spade this afternoon. I told my wife it will last longer than I will, lol!

  7. Jeannie Scarber on February 12, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Keep fiberglass handle tools out of the sun when you aren’t using them.

  8. Jeannie Scarber on February 12, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    Only one I would add, is a Hori Hori

  9. Kathe Burke on February 12, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    I haven’t used my wheelbarrow since I got a gorilla cart. So much easier for this old lady to manage 😊

  10. Jean-pierre Posman on February 12, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    Hello Scott ! I have a problem and question i cant ask on monday eve. . I have a bug problem on mi chart . Everywere in the laeves are holes bitten and some start to go in seed because they feel they gonna dye . Si i went to the nursery getting myself a package of neemoil . When i see the description in the box i see the use is praed it on the ground …. nut it are little flies who doing that …. when i see anny gardeners video’s they speaking of spraying on the laeves. … what shall i do ? K don’t think that spraeding on the ground is nat help at all . The description dat also its good against aphyds and carrotflies and many other little bugs . I cant ask you that on monday because the question is too long . What shall i do ? Spraying on the laeves ? Thank you for all the help you give to me . Jean Pierre greetings from cold and wet Belgium

  11. Bob Snow on February 12, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    I’ve had plenty of fiberglass handles break on me. Those splinters were NOT fun. At least wood will let you know before it gives. I prefer a properly oiled wooden handle, MUCH stronger IME.

  12. Melissa Sullivan on February 12, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    A sharpie pen is my preferred seeding tool. Seriously, it’s always the perfect width.

    Great list!

  13. John Jude on February 12, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    Narrow trowel for my heavy Ohio clay base,Best hoe for my clay base I made it about 2" across the tip and 4.5" wide at base with the tip sharpen as also the sides to deal with weed mounted at a sharper angle to cut into the clay and not bounce like the more popular standard hoe.My best long handle weeder is a old style arrow head weeder.My garden wagon can outwork any wheel barrow for most garden choirs, I have a SS parring knife that has little value for cutting roots and tops from radishes and many crops, Rain barrow is my only water source and a 2 garden watering bucket.Wire tries and I agree with gloves and leather welding gloves for bad jobs.
    I have not done your mailbox but I have the mail box but haven’t installed it yet.
    Thanks for so much and a lot of good teaching Sir

  14. Dwayne Wladyka on February 12, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. Cheers, Scott!

  15. Carla de La Gnomes on February 12, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    I’m an irregular individual. 😀 Instead of a trowel I have a large flathead screwdriver for digging out weeds and planting seeds. A flathead shovel has served me well over the decades. My old flathead is so worn that it now has "ears" and is wonderful for taking out invasive weeds. A hayfork is necessary for turning over the compost and lifting it into the wheelbarrow. And speaking of wheelbarrows, I love the durable plastic one that I got from the local hardware store. I’m getting older and it’s hard to generate enthusiasm for carrying bags of soil for here to there. You wouldn’t think a plastic wheelbarrow would last, but it has survived the building out of these yards and moving rocks and woods chips. I’m like you, I like the metalhead rake for moving all those chips and spent vegetation.
    That postbox is a good idea! I may do one to keep my hose watering implements all in one space!

  16. John h Palmer on February 12, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    Another tool is the Garden Weasil, also known as the Claw. I bought one last year and it does very quick work on the weeds in a flower bed. Just push into the dirt over the weed, and twist, the weed, and root usually come right up. I also have the stirrup hoe too, I find it’s OK but better if the ground is not so dry though. I don’t have any D handle short tools like your fork, and have thought about getting one, but at this time, it’s not that necessary. Otherwise, I have most of the tools on your list, including the Hori Tori, a wheelbarrow, and a 5Gal bucket (great to wash out your paint rollers too).

  17. DogSlobber Gardens on February 12, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    I’ve switched from wheelbarrows to wagons, and will never look back. Four wheels make them *much* easier to move around; my wife and mother-in-law simply refuse to struggle with a wheelbarrow. There are several good wagons/carts now designed for yard/garden work, available at the big box stores. Usually the "bed" part is made of heavy duty plastic that won’t rust or dent or break. Once you get used to how easy it is to pull a load of compost or buckets of water etc, even two hundred pounds plus of bags of concrete, in a wagon, you will never want a wheelbarrow again 🙂

  18. Andrea Vasquez on February 12, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    I’m so sad because my lead level is high 😭 my garlic 😭😭😭

  19. ELIZABETH ROBINSON on February 12, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    You’re right about the fiberglass handle on the shovel. Broke every one I had until I got fiberglass. Good advice.

  20. drkakfood on February 12, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    Excellent gardening! My slogan home gardening style must be with homemade organic fertilizer and natural pesticides

  21. Loriful on February 12, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    I just read that the drought grasshoppers are starting to assemble, now is it better to let them eat all the foliage to lessen the risk of megafires, or is it better to squish all the grasshoppers before they eat all the leaves?

  22. Heidi Clark on February 12, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Great tool suggestions! I have most of those tools. I use my Hori- Hori knife pretty much every day and a pair of small clippers.

  23. Gary NorCal on February 12, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    I love my gorilla carts..
    I will never get another wheel barrow. I also like a shovel with a wide foot push section like on your fiberglass spade. I want that on my shorter d-handle shovel as well.

  24. Jeff on February 12, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    Solid list, Scott! 👍 I’ve got all of these and more under cover outside my shop, which is conveniently located right in between my main garden beds.

    As others mentioned, 5 gallon buckets are a must…great for carrying all sorts of stuff including hand tools, and in a pinch a bucket can be used as a stool.

  25. Bob Ossowski on February 12, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    I appreciated this video. I have a sturrup how and I never knew what it was used for!

  26. Kat on February 12, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    my favorite tool is called a Garden Buddy. it’s a cart that the lid can be used as a seat. I can’t get down on the ground, but I can sit & roll around my garden. it holds all my tools (pruner, trowel, hand rake). One of the best presents my husband has ever gotten me.

  27. Linda Davidson on February 12, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    I’m short and have wonky knees. I highly recommend a spear head spade. It won’t move a lot of soil but it’s very easy to dig, including in heavy clay.

  28. Rachej6 on February 12, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    I wanted to know if you do drip irrigation in your raised beds? If so have you done a video on how to set it up? I can’t seem to find one. Is there a drip system you recommended?

  29. Heavy D. on February 12, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    I can hear Mark from Selfsufficient Me say: You call that a knife? THIS is a knife!

  30. Miwako on February 12, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    thanks for the video! the tool for removing weeds(stirrup hoe) is something i need so much, i live in florida and i have a lot of invasive plants!! i want to add carboard and mulch to my grass, like i did before but i havent bought mulch or stones to put on top. the moment i removed the cardboards they came back. we dont have a fence yet so i dont know if the mulch will fly away to my neighboors patio ahhahahah

  31. Scheral Greider on February 12, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    I love my AM Leonard Soil Knife. I use it for planting, weeding, etc.

  32. MKS Ecoboost on February 12, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    Gardner Scott, please, I need help!!!! After the flooding here in the Detroit metro area. My tomato plants are wilting. What can I do to save them? We haven’t watered since last week. But with little sun, and more rain they’re drowning, and I don’t know what to do, to save them. If there’s anything. HELP!!!!

  33. C. Nile on February 12, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Excellent vid, I have varients of all the tools you’ve listed & they are definitely all must-haves.
    I’m 70 with arthritic hands so my gloves are nitrile-faced {grip with must less exertion}, & also cut-resistant for safety.
    I love my Bahco BAPXRM2 rotating handle bypass pruners (Fesco 12 equivalent), I keep them razor-sharp.
    My wheelbarrow of choice has a heavy-duty plastic bucket (light), a wide tyre aids stability & resists getting bogged down.
    Most of my long reach tools have wooden shafts, so going fibre-glass as you suggest is on my wish list. 👍
    My advice is to avoid Box-Stores, only buy good quality tools, they have superior precision, longevity & ergonomics while being a joy to use.
    Best wishes from Australia. 🇦🇺

  34. Mack ack on February 12, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Trade the short spade for a square nose garden shovel. Indispensable tool for transplanting. I’d throw in a couple 5 gal buckets on the list. Many uses from watering, fertilizing, tea dumps, , moving, transplanting, rock removal, weeding, litter, tool carry, a seat 🪣

  35. mudpie mudpie on February 12, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Scissors, needle nose nippers, and this year I’m making myself a harvesting apron. Harvesting often takes two hands and the apron will free them up.

  36. Brian Sutherland on February 12, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Great video! To the point and super valuable. I will add one thing: I highly recommend that folks buy the dramm aluminum water wand heads. They are much more durable when it comes to freezes and drops.

  37. Karin Christensen on February 12, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    I am terrible at putting my small tools back where they go. It looks like you are better organized. I was spending too much time searching for a pruner. So, I got a carpenter’s tool pouch that I can wear loosely around my waist. That way I have all of the little tools and plant ties and a place to keep my gloves. Then all I have to do is figure out where I left it the last time I used it.

  38. Tau Ceti on February 12, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    I remember working in theater and ‘accidentally’ forgetting some of those metal utility knives in my pocket

  39. joeseatat on February 12, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    I guess I never thought of gloves as a tool, but you right. We use buckets like a lot.

  40. Amy Snipes on February 12, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks, Gardener Scott, for the mailbox idea. I’m going to put one in.

  41. Krystal Gayle on February 12, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Great video for ideas! I will be using this video as birthday gift ideas for myself. I want a hori hori knife and stirrup hoe for the weeds and garden fork to mix my compost pile 🙂

  42. gomers44 on February 12, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    If Mr. Rogers was a gardener…. 🙏✌️😊

  43. Helen Peralta on February 12, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you Scott for this list of gardening tools. I need to find that hoe!

  44. Wes Griffin on February 12, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    Being a amputee supporting a prosthetic, I too use a wagon. Sometimes a wheelbarrow causes me to Loose balance. The rest of the tools, I use them all. Great video!!! Keep them coming.

  45. Adam Petherick on February 12, 2022 at 11:20 pm


  46. DogSlobber Gardens on February 12, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    I would also suggest – measuring tools. An inexpensive tape measure for spacing out rows and transplants evenly. A rain gauge so you’re not guessing how much water your garden has gotten this week. And a moisture meter & pH meter so you have a better idea what’s really going on in your soil.

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