Yard Tools That Are Worth the Splurge

A green metal rake on a lawn.

As any avid gardener knows, you're likely to go through a few yard tools over a lifetime. However, you shouldn't have to go out and spend a ton of money on tools every year, or jump on every trendy gadget that comes out. If you properly maintain your yard tools they can last for years and make gardening much easier. Assuming you plan to do the majority of your yard work yourself, an investment in a few quality yard tools is worth the splurge.

Purchasing garden tools for the first time? Here are the basics you should have in your shed that are worth spending money on.


Everyone should own a solid rake. While rakes are great for cleaning up leaves and gardens in autumn, they're also necessary and quite helpful for cleaning up your lawn in the spring. They make gardening much easier, especially if you have a really good one. In fact, if you're going to splurge on only one tool, this is the one. When looking for a rake, make sure the handle and rake head are sturdy. Get a steel rake rather than a plastic one.

Garden Hose and Nozzle

A yellow garden hose on a portable storage unit in a front yard.

Most garden hoses are made from rubber or vinyl. A rubber hose can be quite expensive and heavy, but they're a lot more durable than vinyl ones and can handle extreme weather conditions. When shopping for a hose, consider how far you need it to reach. Choosing a really great nozzle is important, too. There are a lot of options to choose from, depending on your gardening needs, but an adjustable nozzle will offer you the most flexibility.

Lawn Mower

The majority of homeowners have lawns and therefore require a lawn mower. Most people prefer owning a gas-powered lawn mower because it has plenty of power and can last a very long time. However, they can sometimes be difficult to start and do need regular service. Purchasing a good plug-in machine is another great option, as it doesn't need as much maintenance other than sharpening the blades every few years. Plug-in mowers don't have quite as much power as gas ones and, of course, there is the extension cord you have to drag around when cutting your grass. No matter what option you go with, investing in a good lawn mower is well worth the splurge!

Pruning Shears

A pair of orange and black shears pruning a hedge.

Pruning shears are important to keep your plants beautiful and healthy, but a cheaper pair could easily break, especially if used incorrectly. It's a yard tool that every gardener should invest in, but also one that needs to be carefully selected. Figuring out what pruning shear is right for you will depend on your needs, as well as the size of your hands.


If you have a large yard, a wheelbarrow will most certainly come in handy. In fact, you might say it's necessary. A wheelbarrow can save you a lot of time and hassle, making it easy to move compost, rocks, soil, and more. But a good quality wheelbarrow can be expensive. It's best to look into buying one made out of steel with rubber wheels. Even though it's costly, the investment is worth the splurge and can last you years.

Gardening Gloves

A pair of green suede gardening gloves working in an herb garden.

Sure, you could easily put on a pair of cheap gardening gloves, and they'll work just fine. However, gardening gloves comes in a variety of materials, styles, and prices, and a good pair should be durable. You don't want to get holes in the fingers after only a few uses. It's worth splurging on a high priced pair of gardening gloves, which can save your hands from getting scratches and calluses—and save you from purchasing new pairs over and over.


Shoveling can be hard work! If you're planning on doing a lot of digging, this is one yard tool that is worth spending a bit on to get a high quality product. Consider buying a newer model with an ergonomic design that is made with stainless steel. You should also select a shovel that is the proper length for your height.