Browsing the hand tool section of a garden center can be intimidating for a new gardener. Trying to pick out what you need, without buying a lot of stuff you’ll never use, can be a bit of a challenge, even for more seasoned gardeners. There are several different types of garden hand tools. One of the most common garden hand tools is the garden trowels. Trowels resemble little shovels, and are used to turn the earth and dig small holes. They come in various widths and lengths. For gardens with tight spaces, like in a rock garden, a trowel with a long, narrow blade will be best. A transplanting trowel is specially designed to assist in digging up and moving already established plants. The design of a trowel includes a sturdy handle and a scoop shaped blade, somewhat like a miniature shovel, except that the blade is longer and narrower, proportionally. This design makes a garden trowel ideally suited to working in the close quarters of flower beds, and for tasks like transplanting, handling seedlings, and placing bulbs.
Garden tools are very useful and also offer a wide range of choices. And trowels are useful to help with the planting and weeding of the garden. When purchasing a trowel, look for a sturdy specimen with a handle which feels good. You may want to avoid painted trowels, as the paint can flake off as the trowel is used, and stainless steel is a good choice of blade material, since it will not rust as the trowel is used or stored in damp environments.