What are the different types of garden trowel blade?

 
     
     
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 Types of garden trowel: traditional, transplanting, dixter, ladle, potting, digging, tulip, weeding, tissot, planting 

The different types of garden trowel blade are determined by their shape. Here are a few details about the types covered in this guide:

 
     
   

Traditional garden trowel blade

 
 Traditional garden trowel 

A traditional garden trowel has a large blade with curved sides, and is the most common variety. It is used to dig holes, break up hard soil and to plant flowers.

 

For more information on traditional garden trowels, see What is a traditional garden trowel?

 
     
   

Transplanting garden trowel blade

 
 Transplanting garden trowel 

A transplanting garden trowel has a long thin blade with a pointed tip. It is used for moving seedlings, bulbs and small plants from one location to another.

 

For more information on transplanting garden trowels, see What is a transplanting garden trowel?

 
     
   

Dixter garden trowel blade

 
 Dixter/rockery garden trowel 

A dixter garden trowel has a long thin blade with a rounded end. It can be used for planting in rock gardens, digging up the long roots of weeds such as dandelions, and for sowing seeds. 

 

For more information, see What is a dixter garden trowel?

 
     
 Wonkee Donkee says " It gets its name from the Great Dixter estate in East Sussex, which was the home of British gardening author Christopher Lloyd, who invented this type of trowel." 
     
   

Ladle garden trowel blade

 
 Ladle garden trowel 

A ladle garden trowel has a very long tang and a small rounded blade with curved edges. It can be used to dig round holes and to scoop them out cleanly. This is particularly useful for planting annual plants and bulbs. 

 

For more information, see What is a ladle garden trowel?

 
     
   

Potting garden trowel blade

 
 Potting garden trowel 

A potting garden trowel has a wide blade with higher curved sides than other garden trowels for holding soil and compost. It is used for potting plants into plant pots. The curved edges match the curved plant pot, making it easier for the blade to fit into the pot. 

 

For more information, see What is a potting garden trowel?

 
     
   

Digging garden trowel blade

 
 Digging garden trowel 

A digging garden trowel is a thin trowel with a pointed end, in the shape of a dagger. The pointed end allows it to lever small stones out of the garden. It can also be used to cut items, such as compost bags, due to its sharpened tip.

 

For more information, see What is a digging garden trowel?

 
     
   

Tulip garden trowel blade

 
 Tulip garden trowel 

A tulip garden trowel has a deep-dished blade with three sharpened tips on the end, which create the shape of a tulip. It is used to plant flowers into heavy clay soil. The tips on the end of the blade help to cut through the soil which would be difficult with a normal trowel blade. 

 

For more information, see What is a tulip garden trowel?

 
     
   

Weeding garden trowel blade

 
 Weeding garden trowel 

A weeding garden trowel has a long blade with a forked end. The forked end allows the blade to dig to the base of the weed and pull it out by its roots. It can be used for weeding, cutting roots and to clean grass from between stone tiles.

 

For more information, see What is a weeding garden trowel?

 
     
   

Tissot garden trowel blade

 
 Tissot garden trowel 

A tissot garden trowel has a wide flat blade with a large 'v' section on the end. The shape of the blade enables it to divide a single plant into two halves, which are then planted separately. It can also be used for transplanting and digging holes in hard soil such as clay.

 

For more information, see What is a tissot garden trowel?

 
     
   

Planting garden trowel blade

 
 Planting garden trowel 

A planting garden trowel is flat-bladed with a pointed end. It is very useful for planting flowers in hard soils due to its pointed tip. It is also smaller than other trowels which enables it to be used in confined spaces, such as in hanging baskets .

 

For more information, see What is a planting garden trowel?

 
     
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