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There’s nothing quite like a good pair of pruners to give you the quick, crisp cut you need. Ask any group of gardeners about hand pruners, and you’ll find a set of loyalties and opinions as disparate as they are fierce. Here are two of our favorite.

Photo courtesy Corona Tools

Forged Dual Cut Bypass Pruner

Corona Tools is known for making sturdy, functional tools that serve gardeners well. This pruner has a second curve within the hook of the blade that allows you to easily cut branches up to 2 inch in diameter. It also has an internal spring, so it shouldn’t get bumped loose as you’re reaching inside a tangled shrub. This is a solid midrange model for the weekend warrior who prunes for short periods of time.

$25 Available here

Photo by Josh Endres

Okatsune No. 103 Pruners/Secateurs

With no gearing, cushioning, or added leverage from the handle, the no-frills pruners by Niwaki relies on a sharp edge and hard steel to achieve crisp cuts—even on fibrous materials like bamboo. The latch can be slid open or close on your hip, and the Japanese-style spring doesn’t fall off. In a nod to ergonomics, the blade has a slight angle downward, but the handles have a slick surface that can become slippery when grasped with muddy hands. If you appreciate simplicity and strong steel, this minimalist model is a satisfying choice.

$33 Available here


After breaking a number of mass-produced shovels from the local hardware store, we went on a hunt to discover the most solidly built (and cleverly designed) digging tools American manufacturers have to offer. Here are two we recommend.

Photo courtesy Bully Tools, Inc.

Perforated Mud Shovel

When working in wet ground, ordinary shovels can get stuck in the muck. That’s where this shovel by Bully Tools sets itself apart. The holes in the blade let it slide free with less sticking and its welded I-beam keeps the handle attachment from cracking under heavy, mucky loads.

$40 Available here

Photo courtesy Green Heron Tools


The HERShovel was built to make the most of a woman’s stature and strength, but the company has also received positive feedback from men who have used the shovel. Its steel blade with extra-large step and its two-handed grip make digging easier on your shoulders and back.

$66 Available here


A dependable trowel is a must for every gardener. We’ve found that this one fits the bill—and it’s pretty, too.

Photo courtesy Kipos

PKS Trowel

Said to add trace amounts of copper to the soil and repel slugs when planting vegetable starts, the copper-tin alloy on this Austrian-made trowel is also more stable and longer-lasting than steel. Because of its sharp tip and edges that most trowels lack, it’s great for vegetable gardening, where the broad scoop helps you reshape the surface of the soil quickly.

$50 Available here


In recent years, the ubiquitous trowel has been retired in favor of a sharper substitute: the soil knife, or hori hori. This sturdy, heavy, serrated Japanese tool, originally designed to forage in rocky soil, has a slim profile and bladed edges that make it an obvious upgrade for weeding, planting annuals, and precision soil work. Here are two we love.

Photo courtesy A.M. Leonard

Leonard Deluxe Stainless Steel Soil Knife

The tiny, jagged serrations of this American–made soil knife by A.M. Leonard are great not only for weeding but also for finer applications like scoring the roots on annual flowers and opening bags of potting soil. The twine-cutting notch and 6-inch ruler stamped onto the blade are helpful additions. However, though the curved shape of the handle is the epitome of comfort, it also shortens the area where you grasp the knife, making it most suitable for gardeners will smaller hands.

$22 Available here

Photo courtesy TDI Brands

Serrated Farmer Dagger

With its thick, highly sharpened teeth and nearly unbreakable boron steel blade, this knife by Dewit could be your ally in a dark alley as much as it is in your garden. It’s incredibly sturdy; you can even use a hammer on the flat top of the handle to drive the tip of the knife through hardpan or rocky soil. It can be used right- or left-handed. For gardeners working in hard soil, it’s indispensable.

$62 Available here


Every gardener needs a trusty set of pole pruners for their tree’s seasonal trim.

Photo courtesy Fiskars Brands, Inc.

Compact Extendable Pruning Saw

The long pole and heavy head of many pole pruners makes for an awkward balancing act. This pruning saw by Fiskars solves that problem with a pole that collapses to 3 feet. The oval pole extends to 8 feet and is made of steel for added strength and stiffness compared with lighter aluminum tools.

$30 Available here


Seeds, pruners, sunglasses, pen and paper, gloves…there are so many items gardeners need on hand while working in the garden. That’s why we think a gardening apron makes a great gift—here’s one we highly recommend.

Photo courtesy Artifact Bag Co.

Artisan Apron

This apron, made of wax canvas, comes with a lifetime guarantee. It’s crafted from heavy-duty materials and boasts reinforced pockets. In addition to gardeners, it’s a favorite among woodworkers, mechanics, and the like. Available in three sizes and four colors: rust (pictured), olive, black, and slate.

$98 Available here

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