17 Sturdy Gardening Forks must-have for Loosening, Lifting and Turning over Soil in Outdoor Garden

Whether you are experienced at the art of gardening or a complete newbie, it can be a really challenging task to decide which tools you need to cater to the needs of nature. There are so many options out there that can confuse you but don’t you worry. In this guide, we specifically target gardening forks.

So, let’s get started with what actually is a gardening fork? A gardening fork (also called spading/digging fork) is a gardening tool with a handle and several short tines. It is used for loosening, lifting and turning over soil in gardening and farming.

A good quality gardening fork is quite important for the outdoor garden that you love to take care of. In this guide, we review the 17 best gardening forks available in the market. We also answer the most common questions about these tools. First, let us take a look at what were the criteria that we compared each product along to find the best pick for you.

Basis of review

Number of tine heads

Gardening forks can have two, three, four or more tines depending on the requirements. Smaller forks usually have less tines as they have a smaller area to cover. The tines can be straight or curved as per use.

Material of product

Gardening forks can be metallic, wooden or composite. Wooden forks are generally not preferred due to less strength. Purely metallic forks can be outright heavy when compared to their counterparts. Composite forks are the combination of wood/rubber/plastic and metal or steel.

Durability

Any garden tool undergoes heavy mechanical stress and strain. You would want to make sure that your garden fork can comfortably survive the toil it receives. The material must be study and durable. Minimum servicing makes for an optimum tool.

Weight of product

The size of forks can vary from over 5 feet to 5 inches. With the size, varies the weight. Smaller forks are for handheld jobs. The weight of small forks is not a major concern. Larger forks need to be light for ease of work.

Gardening Forks Reviewed

Spear & Jackson’s Forged Digging Fork is a general gardening fork which can be used for common digging and cultivation. The design is English symbolised by its square tines.

The single piece hardwood handle gives an attractive and durable finish and is split to form a comfortable wishbone handle, resulting in a smooth line from bottom to top.

The head and socket are made of an unbroken piece of carbon steel and have been hardened for additional strength and durability.

Why we like this

  • Superb strength
  • Attractive handle
  • Lightweight

The True Temper Fork by AMES has 4 diamond pointed steel tines. The shape of the tines allow easier soil penetration, making the fork a good choice for tough soil aeration.

The hardwood handle has a length of around 30 inches which is the average height in this category. The handle is topped with a Poly D-Grip for better control.
The centuries old True Temper label signifies tempered steel strength and enduring quality.

Durability is not an issue here.

Why we like this

  • Lightweight
  • Great leverage
  • Good penetration

The Tabor Tools digging and spading fork can be called a strength beast among gardening forks. The shaft is made of anti corrosive steel unlike commonly used hardwood.

The fork can be used for loosening, turning and lighting garden materials. It is a premium looking and professionally built tool.

The fork is virtually unbreakable. It is literally super strong. The shaft does not bend as it contains no flex glass or other impurities.

Why we like this

  • Extremely durable
  • Suitable for dairy farms and ranches
  • No fear of chipping

The Radius Garden PRO is an ergonomically designed gardening fork available in four colours: Green, Original Green, Red and Blue.

The handle of this fork is O-shaped in contrast to the generally accepted D-shaped handles. The O-shaped handle provides four times more surface area for gripping.

The tines are strong and are made of stainless steel and slightly curved for safety and performance. The handle is made of carbon steel encased within resin.

Why we like this

  • Fantastic grip
  • Better leverage
  • Attractive design

Truper’s Tru Pro is 30-inch spading and digging fork. It has four tines and a fiberglass handle.

The handle balances resistance and flexibility well. The handle has a D-grip. It provides good balance and control. Truper is a Mexican company and in fact the largest garden tool Mexican company in the market.

The head of the fork is not welded to the sleeve. This can affect the durability of the tool. It is a great picking tool but not the best option for aerating tough soil.

Why we like this

  • Flexible handle
  • Great for picking
  • Good grip on the handle

This fork has stainless steel tines. The mirror-polished stainless steel penetrates the soil with minimal adhesion and offers superior rust resistance.

It has an extra-long traditional lipped socket for added strength. This ensures greater durability for the tool. It is useful for digging and aerating.

The fork has an ash filled long YD handle and extra-long lipped socket, riveted in multiple places, six in total, resulting in a strong comfortable tool.

Why we like this

  • Great rust resistance
  • Riveted handle
  • Good design

Are you a potato farmer? This is the best gardening fork for digging potatoes. Whether they are red potatoes or sweet potatoes, this is a great tool for digging and lifting.

The comfortable, D-shaped handle and shaft are made of aircraft-quality tubing that has a 5 year warranty against breakage. The tubing is sturdy.

The Garden Fork includes an interchangeable (left or right) rubber foot pad that provides a wide, firm surface for pushing the fork down into the soil with your dominant foot.

Why we like this

  • Great for digging and lifting
  • 5 year warranty against breakage
  • Useful foot pad

This is a traditional border fork made by Spear & Jackson. It is ideal for digging in confined spaces and border. A really great choice from gardens in smaller spaces.

The wooden shaft is one piece, split to form a comfortable wishbone handle, giving a smooth line from bottom to top. This attractive look is achieved whilst maintaining a weatherproofed finish, so you are safe to use it in all weathers.

The head itself is constructed from mirror polished stainless steel providing greater resistant to rust as well as keeping soil adhesion to a minimum.

Why we like this

  • Minimum soil adhesion
  • Useful for all weathers
  • Great rust resistance

This gardening fork by Fiskars has welded boron steel blade and steel shaft. The steel blade lasts long. The handle does not flex like fiberglass.

The teardrop-shaped shaft fits the natural shape of your hand and includes a mid grip for exceptional comfort and control. The mid grip is a good and rarely applied idea.

The angled D-handle keeps the user’s wrist in a neutral position to reduce strain and provides a secure grip. The product comes with a full lifetime warranty.

Why we like this

  • Great grip
  • Strong steel shaft
  • Lifetime warranty

The Little Giant Green Digging fork is a uniquely designed gardening fork. It is specifically aimed at digging with a large number of tines.

Due to its wide design, it basically functions as a rake. This makes it good for picking up dry leaves, manure picking or even chicken poop without any fuss.

It is moulded from extra-strong polycarbonates for long lasting use around the farm ranch or home. Although the strength can be questionable.

Why we like this

  • Rake like functionality
  • Large number of tines
  • Good for picking tasks

The Tru Tough by Truper is a gardening fork with a 30-inch North American ash, lacquered handle with d-grip for balance and control.

The fork has 4 tines. The tines make it a good spading fork. They are clear coated with grey-steel finished heads.

The gardening fork is easy to clean. It can be washed with a gardening fork and coated with a silicone spray. This tool is part of the best selling range of Truper.The Tru Tough by Truper is a gardening fork with a 30-inch North American ash, lacquered handle with d-grip for balance and control.

The fork has 4 tines. The tines make it a good spading fork. They are clear coated with grey-steel finished heads.

The gardening fork is easy to clean. It can be washed with a gardening fork and coated with a silicone spray. This tool is part of the best selling range of Truper.

Why we like this

  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to grip
  • Good for spading.

Does your fertile garden attract a lot of weeds? Do you find it super tiring do weeding again-and-again? Do not worry, Ymachray to the rescue.

This fork is excellent for loosening, lifting, and turning over soil. You can use it to get between stones and break through clods and weeds to aerate and work your soil to its fullest potential.

The fork comes with an extra large footpad. The footpad allows you to apply great pressure while digging. It is a really good option for tough soils.

Why we like this

  • Large footpad
  • Weeding tool attached
  • Good for tough soils

The Ames manure fork is used for moving a variety of materials such as manure, straw, hay, wood chips, and mulch. It can also be used to clear and replace mulch around plants.

It has 5 tines. The forged steel tines are tempered for years of service. Durability is a guaranteed factor with tempered steel.

The fork has a hardwood handle. The hardwood makes the fork attractive as well as strong. The grip of the fork is oversized and cushioned.

Why we like this

  • Durable
  • Cushioned grip
  • Great value for money

This is a hand fork by B.S.H.U.N. Due to the nature of the material, it is very durable. Aluminium is rust resistant.

The grip of the fork is really good. The handle fits perfectly into one’s hand. The handle is inosculated as a whole, there are no screws to come loose so the handles will not ever come off, unless there is a serious defect.

Ergonomically designed handles allow easy wrist movement and reduced hand fatigue while working. The bright yellow colour is always easy to spot. Hang hole is convenient for storage.

Why we like this

  • Rust resistant
  • Good grip
  • Long lasting material

Bosmere brings to you a more traditional looking hand fork. It is a handy and sturdy gardening tool weighing in at just around four ounces.

It can be used to remove weeds, prepare planting holes and tidy the soil. The tool is ideal for use in borders and raised beds.

The stainless steel makes it rust resistant. The ash wood coloured handle provides an attractive look. The cranked sorry protects knuckles during work.

Why we like this

  • Attractive traditional design
  • Lightweight
  • Rust resistant

A special category of gardening forks is the shaving fork. Shaving forks are used to for lifting things and scraping the ground. They are usually not meant for digging.

The Forever Fork Shaving Fork is the best selling shaving fork in Europe. The plastic used for making this is from Sweden. The tines are unbreakable.

The product is light, long and wobble free. This fork is an ideal choice for stable owners, dairy farmers, sty caretakers and so on. It is one of the best picking tools around.

Why we like this

  • Unbreakable
  • Great for picking
  • Lightweight

This entry is not exactly just a gardening fork. It is a cultivator. A cultivator is generally long and can be used for tilling, as a rake or as a fork.

Leonard’s 5 Tine Cultivator is larger than your average cultivator. The overall length is around 60 inches. It weighs some 3 pounds give or take.

It can be used to clean up debris, rake out and move mulch, soils, gravel and other bulk materials. The forged cultivator head is welded to a strong socket with a riveted handle connection which means the head won’t come loose from the handle.

Why we like this

  • Multi-functional
  • Long length
  • Lightweight

Our #1 Rated Pick

The Ames Companies Forged Manure Fork

Well, we have a clear winner here. AMES is a well known and respected name in the world of gardening tools and implements. The Ames Forged Manure fork is a symbol of the company’s dedication to quality products.

The tines are extremely thin but strong. The tool slices any pile of soil easily. It may seem heavy at first, but the feeling passes away quickly. It is actually fairly lightweight for its size and it moves much more material than the other tools.

We suggest you to try this tool even if you are a novice or an expert. The whole AMES set contains a 10 Tine Ensilage Fork, 5 Tine Manure fork (which we reviewed), 6 Tine Manure fork and a Spading fork. Trying the whole set won’t be a disappointment.

And the biggest plus point to all its functionality, it provides amazing value for money. It is not at all costly and can even remind your grandparents of the good old gardening tools.

A sturdy gardening tool that can be bought without any hesitation. A true and clear best pick: AMES 5 Tine Manure fork.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Q.) Will this be useful in vegetable garden to loose and aerate soil?

A.) One of the main roles of gardening forks is soil loosening and aeration. An ideal garden fork will allow you to loosen the soil without any hindrance and in turn give good aeration so that the plants can grow well.

Q.) How thick are the tines?

A.) The thickness of the tines depends on the type of work as well as the type of soil. Thicker tines can be used for turning while thinner tines are good for aerating.

Q.) What is the shape of tines?

A.) The shape of the tines determines the purpose of the gardening fork. Straighter tines are usually for soil related work such as loosening, double digging, etc. Pitchforks with sharp tines are good for work with hay or straw. Curved tines are good for turning.

Q.) Forks handle is made of which quality? Is it easy to grip or not?

A.) The handle of the fork must be strong and light. It can be wooden, metallic or plastic. You must ensure that the material of the handle will last long so that you can continue gardening without worrying about a replacement.

Q.) How long are the tines?

A.) The length of the tines is totally related to the nature of the work. For soft gardening, smaller tines are fine. For field turning, longer tines are better. For work related to hay, very long tines are preferred.