Search
Close this search box.

Exquisite
Garden Tools

Welcome to Armadillo Garden Tools!

If you love gardening, you’ll find these unique works of art the premier tools, the most functional, and robust on the market.         

Each tool is hand-crafted by traditional Artisans throughout the historical “Pueblos Magicas” of Mexico.

When that extraordinary gift is essential!

Modern Day Relics

Our goal is for you to enjoy these extraordinary garden tools and find as much joy in using them as we do in creating them.

The level of detail and craftsmanship with our products hearken back to ancient civilizations.

Our broad and beautiful selection provides gardeners of all levels the proper tools for the tasks at hand.

Display them as art on your garden fence or terrace walls when you’ve finished gardening for the day.

Heirlooms to be treasured for generations to come!

Play Video

Welcome back
to the Bronze Age!

Our artisans use the ancient methods of lost-wax investment casting each bronze head and hand-carve every wood handle.

You will sense the esprit, joie de vivre, and old-world craftsmanship in every one of our tools.

They will inspire you and bring you years of pleasure in your gardens.

“Using well-designed implements to perform specific tasks greatly improves one’s productivity and disposition.”                               

Enjoy Armadillo Garden tools, share with your family and friends and we’re certain you will find a favorite tool, you’ll dig!                      

 

Shop Our Products

Tortoise Shovel

$125.00 – $140.00

A fairly typical shovel with an atypical serrated lip and beautiful turtle shell motif, for slicing easily into the soil. Solidly riveted onto our hand-carved mesquite wood handle. You will find that the ergonomic grip, with a twist of your wrist, allows you to effortlessly groom and shape your garden.

Ergonomic handle adds to your dexterity and productivity. Serrated lip cuts cleanly through tenacious vines and roots.

Tortoise symbolizes longevity, endurance, and being grounded. Tortoise is ancient and wise, never needing to rush or worry. It knows that it always has everything it needs within its shell.

Weeding Fork

$125.00 – $140.00

We’ve created this resourceful fork with extra-long tines and added a multi-functional heart-shaped fulcrum that doubles as a hook for pulling at weeds, roots, and rocks. It is designed for precision and to weasel in and out of snug areas when room to maneuver is limited. For removing the most tenacious weeds.

 

The tines of the fork have a very specific shape, designed to penetrate while parting the soil away from the main taproot of the weed. This reduces the chances of severing the tap root eliminating the chance for weeds to regenerate. The fulcrum effect or motion also works in reverse, where the fork tines act as the fulcrum when tugging on a root or rock with the tip of the heart.

Mantis Tiller

$125.00 – $140.00

This tool is also designed as a multi-tasking tool. One of my frustrations with gardening has been constantly reaching for one tool to plunge or push on and reaching for another to drag or pull with.

Our Mantis Tiller allows you to tackle multiple tasks without switching between tools. The petals at each side allow for working laterally, with left or right handed use when removing pesky roots and rocks or getting into grout joints between patio stones, bricks and the edges of your buildings. Great in planters, standing beds, greenhouses, or working in mulch.

Creator / Designer

Ron LaGro

Ron’s work as a designer, artist, and craftsman has spanned 5 decades. Having resided from New York to Aspen, Chicago to Costa Rica, he’s recently made San Miguel de Allende, Mexico headquarters for Armadillo Garden Tools.

With the creation of the Armadillo Brand, he’s able to share his passion for design and practical knowledge while working in collaboration with artisans throughout Mexico.

The work ethic at Armadillo Garden Tools is that of traditional craftsmen and craftswomen worldwide.                                 

Quality and competence are paramount, blended with pride in creating every piece, so you may feel pride in ownership.

Follow your passion!

Share what you know…..share what you grow!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! Armadillo garden tools are both beautiful and functional.

Consider them heirlooms to be enjoyed for generations to come.

These unique implements are designed to work hard and perform better than the typical garden variety tool you find at the local hardware or garden center. Each unique tool has been sculpted to enhance your gardening experience.

We suspect one day, in the distant future your great grandchildren will enjoy them too!

Well, I want to ask you a question, “why aren’t there more tools available for avid gardeners?”       

 

There are scant few new gardening tools out there other than electrified edgers, hedge trimmers, gasoline weed-eaters and leaf-blowers, which have transformed our more meditative gardening routines into noisy, obnoxious chores.

 

Are you, any of your friends, or family an artist, a chef, woodworker,  or musician?   Gardening, like cooking and painting, is an art!They all require creativity and with the appropriate set of implements, your performance improves and is made easier and more satisfying.    How many kitchen knives do you own?  I’ll wager that you have more variety in your kitchen knives, paint brushes, or guitar pics than you have with your garden tools.                                     It’s also likely your husband, mother or daughter will select a different garden tool than you to perform the same job. If your garden is essentially all in containers, your choice of tools will be quite different than gardening in native soil on your back lot.

Selecting the proper tool is a matter of personal preference, aesthetic, and the physical effort you intend or are willing and able to put into the task at hand.

This is why we have created such a wide variety of tools.

And my last question…”Who said that utilitarian tools can’t be beautiful?”   

Each of our tools’ unique design is sculpted and engineered to improve your dexterity and reduce the stress in your back, arms, and hands as you tackle the multitude of tasks you encounter while gardening.  

I also insist that each tool has an aesthetic to be admired and consistent with the Armadillo Brand.      

Regardless where you live or the size of your plot, we have tools that will make your gardening experience easier and more gratifying!         

Armadillo garden tools are “out of this world” but, we assure you they’re made right here on planet earth! 

All of our fabricating takes place in numerous artisan’s shops throughout Mexico. 

The initial concept for Armadillo Garden Tools was conceived in Costa Rica in 2015. Early developmental stages and prototyping began there, but to find craftsmen capable of producing them became a challenge and an adventure. I traveled throughout Central America and back north to the Mid-west, South and Western United States. We investigated production in the US, Central America, Western Europe, and China and sourced lumber from Peru to Portland. That’s both Portland, Oregon and Maine.

In 2020, while on a foundry visit to Mexico City, the global pandemic hit, lock-downs began and it became clear I was being guided to establish our headquarters for fabricating in Mexico.                                   

Mexico is famous for their 132 Pueblos Mágicos (Magical Towns), whose attractions generate great admiration among both domestic and foreign visitors from all around the world. Many of these towns are known for a specific craft or tradition and have a rich cultural history. It is in these pueblos that our tools and accessories are crafted.

We are grateful for the relationships we’ve developed and the artisans, and families we now have the pleasure of working with. These wise and skilled craftsmen have helped bring Armadillo Garden Tools to fruition.

Now, we proudly offer these extraordinary products to you, our fellow passionate gardeners, regardless what continent your garden grows.

Like any other tools you are fond of, proper care and maintenance will prolong their beauty and longevity.

We have a “care kit” being developed now in our workshop that will soon be available.                    

In the meantime, here’s how to keep your garden tools looking beautiful.

A quick note:

Bronze and wood age naturally, just like we do, and any artifacts you dig up or find in museums around the world.

Bronze does not rust, but will tarnish and patina to various colors depending on the area you live. Many people prefer to let their tools patina naturally and do not bother to polish it back to a brilliant finish. The wood handles will also age and patina with use in the garden, mixing with the oils in your hands, the soil, and the constant wet-dry environment. Just like your teak patio furniture or the wood details on your boat, you can choose to keep your wood handles looking new, or allow them to age with the elements and time.

When you’ve finished gardening for the day we suggest you use a brush to remove the mud and debris, hose it off or rinse in your utility sink, and let it dry.                                

A generous coat of oil once or twice throughout the year will also keep it lasting for generations.

Certainly, although……

Assembling a set of tools for your specific needs is easier said than done. By answering a few pertinent questions, we can identify your gardening style and needs. Particularly, because we don’t know a thing about your garden, your preferences, or routines.

If you have what one might consider a typical backyard garden in a suburban or country setting, then we suggest you buy at least one tool from each of the categories shown on our products page.

Standard Tool Categories: (Multi-functional / Cultivators / Groomers

Pixie Tools: Scoop / Talon / Shovelette / Trident

If you’re gifting a set to a friend or loved one, we’ve put several popular tool combinations together that make unforgettable lifetime gifts. Whether for an anniversary, house warming, wedding, birthday, retirement, or special event.                                                                                          

Coming soon!

Click on our “Build My Custom Set” page. 

Click on “Shop” to review our product pages and see our most popular tool combos.

Duos, Trios, Quartets, & Quintets.

Yes, all of the lumber we use is legally harvested in Mexico.                                                      

We currently use Mesquite on our “Standard” tool handles and Tzalam for our “Pixie line” handles. Both species of wood have been selected for their durability, resistance to decay and insects, availability, sustainability, and beauty.  

Mesquite – Honey Mesquite  (Prosopis glandulosa)   

Janka Hardness: 2,450 lb

Mesquite with a hardness rating fluctuating between 2400 & 2600, is nearly twice as hard as Northern Red Oak.

For example, red oak, white oak, and white ash have Janka hardness ratings of just 1290-1360. Mesquite is very hard!                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Considered by some to be an invasive species, Mesquite is known to produce great firewood with a high thermal value. Honey Mesquite is prized by segmented wood-turners and others for its exceptional stability.

Honey Mesquite exhibits very little movement or expansion/contraction due to environmental changes in humidity. It is considered the most common pest plant in Texas. Almost a quarter of Texas grasslands are infested with Mesquite. The range of Mesquite covers nearly 2.5 million acres of land across the US and Mexico.

 

Tzalam (Lysiloma latisiliquum) 

Common Names: Tzalam, Caribbean Walnut, Sabicu, False Tamarind.  

Janka Hardness: 1,400 lb                                                                                                

Perhaps due to its somewhat obscure and strangely spelled common name, Tzalam is sometimes marketed as “Caribbean Walnut,” though it bears little relation to the true walnuts in the Juglans genus. Appearance-wise, Tzalam can closely resemble Koa and Fluorescent.                        

There are no CITES restrictions on the harvesting of these species.

Our tool heads are cast in bronze and the handles are carved in Mesquite and Tzalam woods. 

(Sculpted bronze tool heads)

We use the lost-wax, investment casting process for our tool heads and cast them in Bronze. The same method used by our ancient ancestors.

5000 to 6000 years ago the ancient civilizations throughout the Mediterranean are believed to have invented the lost-wax method of casting and mixing various metals or minerals in molten form.                                                                

Bronze became the metal of choice for arms to protect ones realm and for royal, sacred, and decorative objects, including coins.

Bronze is a copper-based alloy that typically consists of approximately 88% copper and 12% tin. Trace amounts of other elements, such as aluminum, manganese, phosphorus, and silicon, may also be present in the alloy to effect specific qualities and characteristics.

Here’s a link we like from “The Crucible”, which shows you the various processes involved in investment casting.                                                                                                          

Lost Wax Casting Guide

Scientists still debate what causes a potato to become couch-ridden.
Is it poor environment, lack of proper nutrients, insufficient sunshine,
self-loathing? If you are plagued with these lazy, yet benign critters
we wish you luck and offer a few tips. Although, during football & futbol season
or once well established, they can be more difficult to remove than a
tick!

Hopefully, your couch potato is nematode-resistant. If he or she has
been infected it may be too late for a full recovery. For transplanting,
we suggest you start with handing them our mini-pitchfork, the eagle
claw, or the weeding fork, and enticing them toward the garden with
snacks. For quicker results, we recommend all three.

Good luck and may your potatoes remain nematode free. 😉