The 10 Best Gardening Picks

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This wiki has been updated 19 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Everyone who loves working in the dirt will enjoy our picks — gardening picks, that is, which are handy tools for chopping, digging, and breaking up soil. Made using a range of materials, including fiberglass, iron, and wood, they are versatile and helpful for a myriad of landscaping projects. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Fiskars IsoCore

2. The Ames Companies Mini Dig

3. Truper Pick-Mattock

Editor's Notes

February 15, 2019:

Investigated mattocks of all types as well as similar tools, since it's hard to have too many options when it comes to gardening. The go-to for most users is the popular Fiskars IsoCore, which is durable but not uncomfortable, a combination that's not small feat to create. Alternatives that come close are the Truper Pick-Mattock and the Tabor Tools J56, although it should be noted that the latter ships in two pieces, which some users do not like. For tasks requiring something smaller, we added The Ames Companies Mini Dig and the V&B Manufacturing Groundbreakers Mini. The Groundbreakers model has a loose head, but this is actually a common enough practice when it comes to tools of this type, so it shouldn't be seen as shoddy workmanship.

4. Yard Butler Terra

5. Tabor Tools J56

6. V&B Manufacturing Groundbreakers Mini

7. Edward Tools Planter

8. Dukjin Portable

9. C&L Stainless Steel

10. Pro Value Hardwood

Melissa Harr
Last updated by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.

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