Shopping for a Garden Trowel
Find the best version of this gardening essential
What should I look for in a garden trowel?
—Jenetha Williams, Martinsburg, W.Va.
Durability and comfort should be at the top of the list. A trowel with a forged one-piece blade and tang, like the one at top left, will stand up better to vigorous prying and digging than the colorful stamped-steel ones also shown here. And you'll get a much better grip on a bare-wood handle than on one of painted metal.