Types of Shovels for Landscaping

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Do you have a garden? Yes! Then among your must-own DIY tools you must be having a collection of shovels. Even if the collection is not so wide, the few essential ones must be your gardening companions and they are curved blade type and the pointed tip shovel. Actually, there are so many varieties of shovels that you may need time to time to fulfill your gardening requirements. If you have recently created a garden at home and now are searching for the essential tools that you should collect, go through the details below. Here we are going to talk about most common shovel types that every gardening lover must have.

Note that, the spades and shovels use to be of various sizes, shapes and they deal with a variety of functions. Some of the most common types that you may need for home improvement tasks or gardening needs are:

Digging Shovels:

Digging shovels, as the name indicates are used to dig the surface. When you want to create a hole in the ground or wish to take soil away from the certain area, the digging shovel can be your best companion to complete the job. These digging shovels can be designed with pointed tips or flat tips. They are often used for law edging, trenching, dividing perennials, cutting small roots, and transplanting. Their handles are usually made up of metal, composite or wood. The pointed digging shovels are used for digging tilled soil whereas the flat tip shovels are useful for hard-packed heavy duty soils.

Trenching Shovels:

These shovels are used for clearing the trenches. They are generally available with a pointed, sharp tip and have square sides so that users can ensure clean digging or trenching. People often use them to remove the plants having deep roots, to create a composite trench and for laying the irrigation pipes.

Scoop Shovels:

These scoop shovels cannot handle the digging job well but yes they are capable enough to move loose materials like stone, grain, snow or coal from one place to another. They are made up of steel scoops and use to be little heavier when compared to the aluminum versions of shovels.


Scrapers find their usage in cleaning the driveways or roofs by removing accumulated ice. Their structure is inspired from the flat bladed shovels but they are not meant for scooping or digging task; rather they are dedicated for ice removal. Many homeowners also use these scrapers to remove shingles as they have flat blades and work efficiently on the roof area.


Same as scrapers, the edging shovel is a nice landscaping tool and it also finds origin in the flat-bladed shovel. The major application of edgers is to cut the plant roots and other materials so that a neat, flat and nice area can be created in gardens. They help to separate plants from the unwanted offshoots but cannot be used for digging. Their blades are not able to move soil and they must be used carefully.