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Shovels and spades are two important tools for the garden. A spade has a flat blade that’s best for digging holes, while a shovel has a round one that’s best for digging and moving soil, mulch, and fertilizer. If you have to choose one, get a shovel. It’s still functional as a digging tool, but allows you to scoop and spread other materials better than a spade.

There are two versions of shovels to consider — long- and short-handled types. Long-handled shovels give you more leverage when digging holes, while a short-handled shovel is easy to work with in tight places. Select a short-handled shovel with a D-shaped grip for easier handling and use. Metal-handled shovels are more durable than wooden-handled ones.

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