There is always something that needs to be hauled to or from the garden and the right wheelbarrow makes the job easier.
You have many choices for the barrow (the part the holds the materials). Consider the quantity of material you want to move and then determine if a shallow barrow or a deep barrow meets the need. Barrows can be wide and deep, v-shaped, flat on the back and rounded on the front or square.
Things to check when buying a wheelbarrow include depth of the barrow, cubic feet capacity, and how much weight will it safely handle. If you are transporting 40-pound bags of mulch, soil, or compost, the weight capacity is important to you. You also want to know if the depth will handle the number of bags you want to move at one time without tipping the wheelbarrow over. For bagged material, make sure the size of the barrow allows you to lay the bags flat in the bottom.
If you are transporting loose material like mulch or rocks/stones, then the cubic feet capacity will be something you want to check out. How many trips will it take to move the material? The weight may also be a factor so you don’t tip the whole load over before you get it to your dumping point.
A wheelbarrow with one wheel in front is good for moving light material like leaves, yard waste, loose mulch, or anything that isn’t too heavy. This type of wheelbarrow tends to tip very easily if packed with heavy loads, but it can be easier to move over rough ground.
The two-wheel wheelbarrow is more stable than the one-wheel and works well for heavier materials like bagged compost, soil, or mulch, and loose rocks or pavers. The two-wheel is less likely to tip over and gives you an all-around transport vehicle for most yard materials you may want to haul.
The four-wheel wheelbarrow can handle the really heavy jobs like hauling pavers, large stones, or concrete blocks. It is designed for stability and lessons the strain on shoulders and arms when transporting heavy loads.