When investing in garden tools, do some comparison shopping, advises Bruce Zimmerman, a St. Catharines, Ont., horticultural consultant. Zimmerman is a garden radio-show host and consumer-products manager at Rittenhouse.ca, which sells garden tools.
“Start out by comparing weight and how the tool feels in your hands. Well-made tools are better balanced and less tiring to use,” Zimmerman says. Better tools won’t need replacing often, he adds. “If used properly, well-made tools should last you for years. A good shovel or spade is something you should only have to buy once.” Expect to pay $35 to $50 for a good spade, fork or shovel; $38 to $75 for pruners.
Pruners for light shrub and rose pruning, deadheading and cutting back perennials:
Spades, shovels and forks