For digging in a garden, a spade is the best choice. They’re ideal for creating defined landscape borders. However, if you’ll be digging large holes for transplanting trees or shrubs, you’ll need a shovel. A shovel is also required for moving loose materials like gravel, garden soil and mulch
For removing debris or rocks, smoothing soil in your garden beds, or breaking up compacted soil, the best tool to use will be a garden rake. A leaf rake is perfect for raking up light debris, weeds and leaves, particularly wet leaves.