Garden spades are narrower than shovels and are your ideal tool for digging in confined spaces, for example in between plants. The head of a spade can be either straight or pointed at the end. Many new gardeners aren't aware that spades and shovels are distinctly different garden tools, both with unique purposes. A shovel is designed for scooping because the blade is angled inward to pick up large piles of dirt - without having to stoop. A spade, on the other hand, is designed for digging. The blade is parallel to the handle so it goes straight down into the soil. Spades are typically made out of solid steel, while cheaper spades have wooden handles. Spades generally range from $20 to $60 online.