A small garden spade will help you tackle any number of jobs including digging up weeds and potting out bedding plants.
Highly versatile and necessary no matter how small or big your garden, a decent garden trowel is always a good investment.
But once you start er, digging, you’ll find that there are so many to choose from – metal, plastic, coated, scooped, pointed – it’s quite the minefield.
It’s easy to get hung up on the detail (did you know a trowel’s neck is called a tang?) but whatever brand or design you choose, aim to buy one that’s versatile enough for all sorts of garden tasks, from digging up weeds, to planting bulbs and breaking down clods of earth.
We’ve rounded up some fine examples at all price points to help you choose the perfect little spade for your needs.
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1. Spear & Jackson
- (AD) Elements transplanting trowel, £4.99 from Amazon – buy here
This Spear & Jackson transplanting trowel, with its dark hammer-finished blade is a real beauty.
And it should look good for years – the blade is made from epoxy-coated steel which resists scratches and damage from humidity and alkaline soils, and the handle is finished in a weather-proof lacquer.
Handy markings at two, three and four inches will let you know how deep you’re planting.
- (AD) Fiskars fibreglass planting trowel, £7.07 from Amazon – buy here
The Finns know a thing or two about bad weather, so if you’re fed up with using rusty trowels, you should know that this fibreglass-reinforced model from Finnish brand Fiskars, is both corrosion-resistant and weatherproof.
Perfect for allotment and greenhouse gardening, the trowel is also light, comfortable to use and pretty good to look at too.
3. Burgon & Ball
- Transplanter trowel, £13.95 from Burgon & Ball – buy here
Specially designed for planting out young plants into jam-packed borders, this dedicated transplanter trowel comes complete with engraved with depth markings – very useful in bulb-planting season!
With a high-quality stainless steel blade and ergonomically-angled tang, it’s endorsed by the RHS and should give you many years of faithful garden service.
4. Sneeboer & Zn
- Great Dixter trowel, £40.65 from Sneeboer & Zn – buy here
The East Sussex house and garden of Great Dixter was the family home of the renowned horticulturalist-writer Christopher Lloyd, and this is his famous long-bladed trowel design.
The narrow blade allows you to squeeze into the tightest spots between other plants and the 16cm length gives you extra depth in the soil when you need it.
It’s definitely more of an investment than an impulse purchase but you can feel better knowing that Sneeboer & Zn donate money from every sale to the upkeep of the wonderful piece of English heritage that is Great Dixter.
- Wood and stainless steel border trowel, £5 from Wilko – buy here
With its longer-than-usual wooden handle, this budget option from Wilko will save you having to kneel to dig holes when digging in your flowerbeds.
The stainless steel blade is rust-resistant making the trowel ideal for forgetful gardeners who tend to leave their tools out in the rain, and the wood handle is FSC-certified.
And all for a very reasonable £5 – what’s not to like?
6. PKS Bronze
- PKS Bronze Musca copper scoop-shaped trowel, £45 from Burford Garden Co. – buy here
The growing trend for copper garden implements is largely down to the fact that they’re supposed to enrich the soil with beneficial trace elements and ward off the slugs, snails and other nasties eyeing up your allotment veggies.
The jury’s out on this, but there’s no doubt that this handsome trowel with its heart-shaped copper blade is a thing of beauty – it’s almost a shame to keep it in the shed.
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