Find out about Thrive
Thrive logo

Equipment and tools for planting out

Planting out is a job most of us take on some time in the year. Most plants grown in pots can be planted year-round, but if you plant out in dry weather, make sure you water regularly to avoid drying out.

Planting out
  • Dig the planting hole with a tool that suits you. A long handled trowel with a fist-grip style handle and arm support might be best, or if you are level with the soil, try a trowel with a wide, comfortable grip.
  • A stainless steel border spade is lighter than a standard spade. Look for models with wide spongy handles.
  • For smaller plants, you could try a bulb planter to extract the soil and drop in the plant. This is an easy method, but make sure that you can manage the actions involved.
  • Take everything you need with you – watering can, trowel, dibber, kneeler, labels and so on, but don’t overload your barrow – you might need to do it in relays.
  • A tool belt or an apron with a pocket might be helpful to carry smaller tools.


bulb planter

Bulb planter

Simply push the tapered body of this tool into the soil and squeeze the handle to remove a plug of soil. Suitable for planting bulbs and small plants.

Find out more about bulb planter

Kneeler stool

Kneeler stool

The convenient height, wide footprint, padded mat and large grab handles make this stool very useful for sitting on or kneeling.

Find out more about kneeler stool

Folding kneeler stool

Folding kneeler stool

Lightweight kneeler and stool can be folded flat for easy storage.

Find out more about folding kneeler stool

Lightweight gardening gloves

Lightweight gardening gloves

Thin and light to wear these gloves are tough and will protect your hands but leave you with the dexterity to weed, sow seeds, pot on or plant out.

Find out more about lightweight gardening gloves

Small watering can with control valve

Small watering can with control valve

A button at the top of the handle allows you to control the flow of water from this small and well-balanced watering can.

Find out more about small watering can with control valve

Peta Easi-Grip hand tools

Peta Easi-Grip hand tools

These stainless steel tools have a soft grip upright style handle which helps keep your wrist and in a neutral position and helps reduce strain

Find out more about peta easy-grip hand tools

Trowel and fork

Trowel and fork

These tools are well balanced and have soft handles which are comfortable to hold.

Find out more about trowel and fork

Peta long reach Easi-Grip hand tools

Peta long reach Easi-Grip hand tools

These long but light steel tools have soft grip handles that are at right angles to the tool head. This allows the wrist and hand to be held in a neutral position which reduces strain.

Find out more about peta long reach easi-grip hand tools

T-handle long reach trowel and fork

T-handle long reach trowel and fork

These long handled tools have a T shaped handle which helps you push the tool into the soil.

Find out more about t-handle long reach trowel and fork

Lightweight border fork and spade

Lightweight border fork and spade

Boron steel shafts minimise the weight of these tools whilst retaining strength. The plastic handles are angled forward to improve the working position.

Find out more about lightweight border fork and spade