A Sharper Spade
This spade is built to handle even the toughest soil
I’m having a hard time digging planting holes through the tangle of roots in my garden. Is there any way to make this task easier?
—Cynthia Brown, New Canaan, CT
You might want to give this long-handle Sneeboer stone spade a try ($134; Garden Tool Co.). Its sharp, serrated edge is meant for stony soils, but those knife-edged teeth will also neatly sever pesky roots. The blade is a single hunk of drop-forged stainless steel, with no voids or weak points where it connects to the solid-ash handle. As a result, this spade can withstand the kind of vigorous prying that might crack one made with a stamped blade. Another nice feature is the little steps at the top of the blade, on either side of the handle: They let you stomp down hard on stubborn roots.