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Top 20 Tools

Our experts share their favorites, ones that no shed should be without

Fine Gardening – Issue 179

In order to enlighten our readers—and ourselves—we reached out to a gaggle of experts, from landscapers to designers to gardeners who have 50 years of experience, to find out what is in their toolsheds. The following is an array of implements that these gardening rock stars cannot live without—so maybe you shouldn’t, either.


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Although long a staple of moving companies and grocery-store restockers, the hand truck might be the new best friend of gardeners. When it comes to hauling bags of soil or compost, large pots, or even a rogue paving stone or two, a hand truck can save your sanity and your back. They come in a range of sizes and prices (Harper Super Steel 700lb Platform Hand Truck, pictured), but regardless of the brand, a good one needs a steel frame for strength and inflatable tires for easy rolling across…

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