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Whether you have a large suburban plot or a few containers on a balcony, your garden will provide food and shelter for local wildlife, birds and pollinators. If you grow fruits and vegetables, you’ll have the added benefit of knowing exactly where your food comes from, and not to mention that you’ll gain new respect for the hard work of our farmers the first time aphids eat your nasturtiums.
Weeding, digging, and watering are all necessary garden chores, but you’ll get the job done more efficiently with the right tools. Instead of buying a disposable product, look for quality tools that will last for years so you don’t create additional waste. This is definitely a time when you get what you pay for; most inexpensive tools barely last a season. Of course, it’s always a good idea to look for used tools at flea markets and garage sales, although you won’t always find what you need.
Ahead, our top picks for the best eco-friendly and sustainable gardening tools that will help your garden thrive for years to come.
What to Look for in Eco-Friendly Gardening Tools
Look for products that have favorable reviews from readers; for many products, this is your best source of actual performance. However, you should also give your tools a little TLC to make them last longer, which means using linseed oil on wooden handles, rinsing off dirt, drying all metal components when they are damp and store them in a covered shed so they are not exposed to the weather, which will shorten their life.
Quality products usually come with at least a one-year warranty, while others have limited or lifetime warranties.
FSC certified wooden parts
If the product has a wooden handle, look for FSC-certified wood to protect our forests.
Whenever possible, buy from flea markets, garage sales, and sources like Facebook Marketplace.
Why trust Treehugger?
Treehugger wants to help readers invest in quality gardening tools that will last for many years. To make this list, we researched the market and evaluated product reviews, features, durability, warranties, and also considered our own experiences in the garden.
Arricca SanSone has been obsessed with plants since she was a child in the gardens of her parents and grandparents. She grows heirloom roses, perennials, herbs and edibles in an ever-growing series of raised beds and containers.