This short-handled spade is the companion to the short planting fork. They are a great set and have become part of the basic tool kit that my crew takes everywhere.
I first used this tool while on a work practicum at Great Dixter, and it was one of my first introductions to the Sneeboer line. The gardeners at Dixter use them all the time and for good reason - it is the perfect tool for getting into their densely planted borders to interplant bulbs, annuals and perennials. Which they do often.
This short-handled spade makes digging on hands and knees so much faster and more efficient than using a hori hori or a hand trowel because you can use both hands to dig. And you don’t get the same wrist fatigue. It's particularly brilliant for bulb planting in a border.
The other benefit is that you don’t have to go up and down like you do when using a full length spade so, again, it speeds you up. You have greater control and precision than you would using a full length spade on your knees and you’re much less likely to damage surrounding plant material with this short handle.
Great Dixter Collection: The tools in the Great Dixter Collection have been designed by the Lloyd family and gardeners at Great Dixter. Sneeboer donates a portion of revenues from the sale of every Great Dixter tool back to Great Dixter - to maintain an important piece of English heritage.
How to care for your Sneeboer Tools:
- Hand-forged Stainless Steel
- Material of handle: Ash wood, FSC-certified
- Width of head: 5" (12.7 cm)
- Length of head 5.5" (14 cm)
- Length of handle 16.5" (42 cm)
- Total length 22" (56 cm)
- Weight 1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)
The Sneeboer family has been making garden tools for over 100 years. Sneeboer tools are beautifully designed and built for maximum strength and utility - the heads are hand-forged from one piece of stainless steel and they are fitted with ash handles from FSC-certified forests.