Garden shovels are designed for scooping dirt. The blade on the end of a shovel should be angled inward (like a scoop) so that dirt can be piled on and moved without it sliding off. Ergonomically designed shovels have sloped handles that let you control the shovel from an upright position, and don't have to stoop. Many new gardeners don't differentiate between shovels and spades however they are very distinct garden tools. Shovels are able to move large quantities of dirt, whereas spades are meant for digging in tight spots - such as between plants. Garden shovels are commonly constructed of solid steel; while plastic shovels are more useful for snow removal. Many have wooden or rubber coated handles. Spades generally range from $10 to $50 online.