Gardening is so much more fun with the right garden tools

Let’s give a shout-out to garden tools. Every gardener loves the feel of the right tool in his or her hands. From labor-saving tools to a great watering can, the right tools make America’s favorite backyard hobby more enjoyable.

So we focus on four garden tools that are a pleasure to use because they get the job done. All of the items below are well made for years of carefree performance. Plus, they all feel good in your hands.


A faster, easier way to dig planting holes

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Power Planter auger quickly digs holes.

There’s no reason to hand-dig holes for new plants this spring, because planting augers from Power Planter make digging holes fast and easy. These sturdy metal planting augers are the perfect tools for planting all kinds of plants and even for aerating soil in garden beds. The Homeowner Starter Pack from Power Planter contains two of the most popular digging augers. Power Planter 207 digs holes that are 2 inches wide and 7 inches deep—the ideal size for planting small annual bedding plants, grass plugs or even bareroot saplings. The larger Power Planter 307 digs 3-inch-wide holes up to 7 inches deep, so it’s perfect for digging holes for larger bedding plants in the spring and for flower bulbs in the fall.

Planting augers from Power Planter have a 3/8-inch, non-slip hex drill bit end that fits into any standard cordless or corded power drill. Simply put the planting auger into your drill, tighten it up, use your power drill to quickly drill to the maximum depth of the auger and lift the auger out of the hole.  This leaves approximately one inch of loose dirt in the bottom of the hole, which is great for getting plants acclimated to the new soil. Drop the plant in and refill the hole with the loose soil the auger has removed. Repeat this process for every plant and you are done!

The Homeowner Starter Pack of two planting augers sells for $37.79 from Power Planter is a small family-run business located on a farm in Central Illinois. Every Power Planter tool is backed by an unconditional guarantee on workmanship and quality.


Water garden plants in old-fashioned style

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Large Galvanized Watering Can from Lehman’s

Forget cheap plastic watering cans that crack and leak when left outside after a year or two. A sturdy galvanized metal watering can will last much longer, and it looks better too.

Durable and practical, the Large Galvanized Watering Can from Lehman’s is a throwback to heirloom gardens and the classic tools used to tend them. It’s made of heavy-gauge steel, which is dipped in zinc to seal the seams, protect against rust and give it that nice galvanized finish. In addition, the spout and handle are securely welded and sealed. Leaks will not be a problem with this watering can, not even after a decade of use.

The Large Galvanized Watering Can really is large, able to hold up to 10 quarts of water. Practical and long-lasting, it’s a timeless piece in any garden. The Large Galvanized Watering Can sells for $39.95 from or (800) 438-5346. A smaller size (8 quart) watering can is also available for $34.95. Family owned and operated since 1955, Lehman’s sells simple products for a simpler life.


New rake design makes yard cleanup easier

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Groundskeeper II rake

As the weather warms up in the spring and it’s time to clean up the yard for a new growing season, the old garden rake gets a lot of use. Even though a rake gets used a lot, the design of the basic rake hasn’t changed for more than 100 years.

The Groundskeeper II rake is designed to be more effective that a standard rake. The unique wire-like tines are adept at grabbing and gathering leaves and debris with a single pass, and the head is a full 21 inches wide for quickly cleaning a large yard.

Because of the aggressive angle of the tines, using the rake requires little or no downward pressure. You can stand straight up while using the rake, thereby reducing the pressure on your back and making the job easier. The rake weighs in at less than two pounds, and it is as durable as it is lightweight. The no-break co-polymer head and fiberglass handle make this rake almost impossible to destroy. Test results from the field with landscaping professionals show a reduction in raking labor time by as much as 33%. The Groundskeeper II Full-Size Rake sells for $29.99 and the smaller Groundskeeper II Shrub Rake sells for $24.99 from


Stainless steel garden spade can last a lifetime

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Joseph Bentley Digging Spade

A high-quality garden spade is a tool that can last an entire lifetime, performing the everyday tasks throughout the yard and garden with ease and style. The Joseph Bentley Digging Spade boasts a stainless steel head that has a handy tread edge at the top for your foot, so you can really slice through the soil. This sturdy spade is ideal for a wide variety of garden tasks including digging, turning the soil, and planting trees and flowers. The Joseph Bentley Digging Spade has an extra-long steel shaft joined to a wooden handle made of solid ash. Not only does the spade offer the classic, English style, the handle also features a contoured wishbone grip for greater comfort in use.

Established in 1895, Joseph Bentley is known throughout England for making high-quality, traditional garden tools that are backed by a lifetime warranty. The Joseph Bentley Digging Spade sells for $49.99 in fine gardening stores and online at



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