Names of Gardening Tools
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Names of Gardening Tools

A Quick Guide to Garden Tool Names and Nicknames

Do you know the name of your favorite garden tool?

Garden and farm tools have been around since the dawn of mankind, and garden tool names can be strange and in some cases not readily apparent. Here is a list of the most interesting gardening tool names, and a bit about their history.


Gardener's Multi-Tool

Gardener's Multi-Tool

Gardener’s Multi-Tool – one of my favorites, this “Swiss Army. Knife” for the garden is a wonder in the garden and contains several tools that any gardener would love to have always on their side.

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Dibber or Dibble

Dibber or Dibble

The Dibber or Dibble – One of the most unique gardening tool names, the dibber or dibble is a seed starting/bulb planting tool that has been used in some shape or form for centuries.

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Hori Hori

Hori Hori

The Hori Hori – the name for a Japanese Garden Knife/Tool is Hori Hori, and is literally the Japanese word for “dig, dig”. It is one of the best garden tools, and comes in all shapes and sizes.

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Garden Tool Hand Trowel

Garden Tool Hand Trowel

The Hand Trowel – this garden tool is often called a shovel, but its proper garden tool name is the hand trowel.

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Hand Cultivator

Hand Cultivator

Hand Cultivator – the hand cultivator looks like a bent fork, and is used for weeding, smoothing and spreading in beds

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Garden Tool Hand Fork

Garden Tool Hand Fork

Garden Hand Fork – the garden hand fork is a small version of the garden fork and is great for weeding and digging up roots and tubers.

Garden Scissors, Snips or Shears

Garden Scissors, Snips or Shears

Garden Scissors – also know as garden snips or shears, these are great all around tools for gardentasks and chores. The narrow bladeslet you get just the stem you want, and they can be used for string and ribbon cutting as well.

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Secateurs or Pruners

Secateurs or Pruners

Secateurs – secateurs or pruners for one hand, are the tool of choice for pruning and clipping flowers in the garden. Able to cut all kinds of stems, from the tough rose to the thin Batchelor Button, they are a handy garden tool.

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Garden Scoop

Garden Scoop

The Garden Scoop – I have to be honest, this is one of my favorite garden tools. If you have ever tried to scoop soil with a trowel, you know you lose half of it from bag to pot. This tool allowsfor easy “scooping” of soil inlarge amounts.

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Garden Auger

Garden Auger

Garden Auger – An auger looks like a large drilll bit, and is used to drill holes in soil. I’ve never used one, but it would seem to be a slow method 🙂

The Spade

The Spade

Spade Shovel There are main kinds of shovels, the spade and the flat head. The spade shovel is named for the shape of its head, and is primarily used for breaking ground and digging.

Garden Fork Tool

Garden Fork Tool

The Garden Fork This garden tool is known by many names, and has as many uses in gardening. From loosening soil to digging up bulbs and tubers, it is one of the gardener’s best friends.

Post Hole Digger

Post Hole Digger

Post Hole Tool When putting in a fence, a trellis post or digging any other hole, this handy garden tool can be a useful partner out in the garden and landscape.

Broadfork

Broadfork

Broadfork – the broadfork is an age old tool for breaking and loosening soil. It uses the wieght of the operator and the leverage of the long handles to go deep and do its job.

Aerator

Aerator

Aerator An aerator is a tool that is used to get air and water down deeper in the ground. It takes many forms, but the main job of this well named garden tool is to provide roots what they need: oxygen.

Tiller

Tiller

Tiller A tiller, aka rototiller, is a tool that breaks up the soil with a set of rotating blades. There are several kinds: rear tine, mid-tine and rear tine. The tine location affects the soil depth and transfer of. power to the breakup operation.

Disc Harrow

Disc Harrow

Disc Harrow – the disc harrow is a towed garden tool that turns and breaks up soil. It can either have serrated or smooth edges, and tills quite well.

Spreader

Spreader

Spreader A spreader is a tool for spreading seed or fertilizer on a farm or in the garden.

Potato Fork

Potato Fork

Potato Fork A potato fork looks like any other gardenn fork from a distance, but when you look up close the tines are flat and blunt at the tips. This prevents damage to the potatoes when digging.

Flat Head Shovel

Flat Head Shovel

Flat Head Shovel the flat head shovel, like its pointy tipped spade brother, is used to scoop soil or other medium when soil has already been broken

Loppers

Loppers

Loppers Think fo the garden lopper as a big pruner, or secateur, with leverage for big cuts. This long handled cutting tool is mostly used for tree limbs and thick branches.

Garden Hoe

Garden Hoe

Garden Hoe – the hoe is one of the oldest tools around and is used for many things: moving garden soil, digging, covering seeds and bulbs, and weeding.

Sickle

Sickle

Sickle – The sickle is a tool for cutting high grass, weeds and crops. Its curved blade provides more surface area for a cut, and is an efficient hand tool for the task in the garden.

Flame Weeder

Flame Weeder

Flame Weeder– of all the weeding tools, the flame weeder is my favorite. Fire is always cool ;), but this aptly named garden tool uses a propane torch to kill weeds in a “safe” for the environment method on the farm or in the garden.

Loop Hoe

Loop Hoe

Loop Hoe – this unique garden tool is a clever weeding tool that lets you cut the weeds below the surface level of the soil.

Hand Cultivator

Hand Cultivator

Hand Cultivator – the hand cultivator is a multipurpose garden tool that can be used for weeding, digging and loosening soil.

Tractor Cultivator

Tractor Cultivator

Tractor Cultivator – the tractor cultivcator is a farming and gardening tool used to breakup soil and eliminate weeds. It is the big brother of the hand cultivator.

Propagation Knife

Propagation Knife

Propagation Knife– This specialized knife has many gardening uses but is primarily used for propagation of plants and trees. Buy or Shop

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That’s a quick set of garden tool names. Check back for more unique names.

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