Gardening offers many excellent mental and physical health benefits. It’s a healthy form of exercise because you’re moving around. At the same time, it boosts your emotional health by spending time outdoors while tending to your plants’ needs as they grow.
Unfortunately, as you age, or if you have any physical impairments or conditions, all the bending, extending, kneeling, lifting, and other gardening aspects can become painful or difficult. If you find gardening is taking a toll on your body, there are many handy products out there. Particular gardening gadgets and equipment can reduce strain and support you through various challenges to make the experience possible and enjoyable!
Arthritic hands can make it difficult to grip and maneuver traditional gardening tools that put your hands and wrists in uncomfortable positions. But there are a few great alternative tools. In particular, is the Radius Garden 5 piece tool set or the Bear Paws Cultivator Claw explicitly made to be lighter weight with a more ergonomic design.
Bad knees and backs
When your knees or back are prone to pain, the constant bending and kneeling required for gardening may seem impossible to keep up with. Still, there are ways to reduce discomfort or eliminate the need to kneel and bend as often, if at all.
If you struggle to put pressure on your knees for extended periods, many products can reduce the stress of kneeling on the hard ground. You might want to try the Abcosport deep-seat garden kneeler. It can be used as a garden seat or kneeling pad.
There’s also the AMES Buddly Lawn and Garden Cart, which doubles as an easy-to-pull wagon and a sturdy seat from which to garden.
A bad back makes it hard to bend over to pull weeds to keep them from taking over your garden. With Grampa’s Weeder, a stand-up weed puller means you can remove these invasive plants from the root without ever having to bend down.
Do you struggle with limited reach because of mobility issues or wheelchair use? If so, there are tools to make it easier to tend to your plants from farther away.
With the Ymachray Long Handled Planter, you can easily plant your bulbs and seedlings in the ground without having to kneel down and reach into the garden.
You can also bring the garden up to your level with the Keter Easy Grow Raised Garden Bed that you can use while standing. There are many other types of raised beds of various heights and sizes to fit your specific needs.
Balance and strength problems
Gardening involves a lot of moving around, standing up, squatting, pulling plants out of the ground, and carting around heavy plant debris, soil, and all manner of tools. But suppose you struggle with balance problems or limited strength. Gardening can put you in a dangerous position, increasing your risk of falling or sustaining an injury.
So cart tools around safely with a rolling mobile tool storage system like the Vertex Super-Duty Yard & Garden Cart. This will reduce heavy lifting and carrying gardening tools around.
Watering with a hose or heavy watering can throw off your balance and be difficult to lift. To avoid this, install a drip system like the Raindrip Automatic Watering Kit. It automatically delivers an efficient amount of water to your hanging plants and containers.
Plants can be particularly rough on thinning skin, especially when dealing with rose thorns or spiky weeds, which can quickly tear your skin up. This can make gardening painful and even lead to infections. When you have more delicate skin, you want to make sure it’s protected. Think about investing in thorn proof rose pruning gloves that extend farther up your arms to protect yourself as you reach into thick growth.
Need for sun protection
Traditional gardening takes place outdoors since plants need sunlight to grow. So it’s vital to keep your skin protected from too much sun exposure, which can lead to sunburn and increased skin cancer risk. A Lenikis sun hat with a wide-brim and neck cover keeps you protected from UV rays.
You might also consider an indoor gardening system, like the Smart Garden hydroponics growing system, if you need to stay entirely out of the sun.
Kimberly Blaker is a freelance writer.
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