Find: Soil Scoop

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The first time I saw a Soil Scoop I recognized the advantages of its design but held off on buying one, thinking I   should use the many tools I already had. But when Smith & Hawken marked Soil Scoops down during an end-of-season sale, I had the excuse I needed to buy one. Now, three years into ownership, I can say that the Soil Scoop was well worth the money and has become my go-to garden tool.

The Soil Scoop is to the gardener what the chef’s knife is to the cook. This indespensible tool takes the place of an apron full of small trowels, scoops and hand shovels.


  • The point is perfect for piercing bags of topsoil and mulch, allowing you to save that manicure and the blades on your pruning shears.
  • Sawtooth edges chop through weeds and tear into roots with a vengeance, so you can claw around the base of  plants and get to hard-to reach spaces.
  • As you would expect, the scooped shape allows you to transport soil from the bag to the pot easily, holding almost as much material as a typical blunt scoop would hold.
  • The curve allows you to tuck plants into the deepest edges of containers (such as beneath the lip or within the curve of an urn) and then tamp down the soil.

I love to have beautiful blooms around but hate pulling out and putting away all the implements that go with planting. With the Soil Scoop, it’s less of a production to fill a container or tend the beds a for a few minutes in the evenings. And honestly, it’s just plain cool. The Soil Scoop will make you feel like a powerful, machete-weilding bushman as you slice through invasive honeysuckle. Consider it a tool for working off aggression.  

When I bought mine, Soil Scoops were a relatively new product. Now they are widely available at area garden centers and online for around $20.