Gardening is good for the soul and body. It allows you to move freely and maintains your flexibility. It can make you feel rejuvenated inside, according to studies. However, seniors might disagree if they feel their bodies aching afterward.
Although you might think everything is perfect in your garden, after a while you start to feel the strain. It could be your stiff back, knees, or arthritis that is restricting your activities.
There are many ergonomic garden tools available that will allow anyone with green fingers to continue working comfortably. This overview will show you some equipment that is lighter and easier to use, which can help reduce joint strain.
Simple grip tools
This tough tool makes pulling weeds a fun task
The Radius Ergonomic Weeder cuts through roots like butter. Because it doesn’t leave behind those awful taproots that are too long, broken or pinched in the soil, this weeder is ruthless with dandelions. It helps to prevent that more weeds return than you thought.
This tool is easy to use because of its comfortable, bent grip. To drive the tool straight into the ground, you can use your body weight. Turn, twist, slice, then flick out red flag, blackberry, and other roots.
This cleverly designed tool makes it easier to pull weeds, regardless of whether you are weaker, suffering from carpal tunnel, arthritis, or joint problems.
Keep this in mind
- It is not recommended for delicate, precise weeding tasks as it will grab quite some of the soil.
- Not very well suited for removing rocks
Ergonomic pruning shear
Prune with less pressure
Leverage via 3-stage ratchet mechanism makes pruning simpler
Some secateurs are better for painful arthritic hands. The Gardener’s Friend ratchet pruning tool makes it easier to prune small snips and large branches. The three-stage mechanism makes it easier to cut thicker limbs, while the blades won’t flex. If the first squeeze is not enough, just try again.
This pruner is easy to use, even for those with weak grips. It puts less strain on your hands. The soft rubber grip on the shear acts as a shock absorber and pressure-reducing tool.
Tip: You could also get a holster so you can keep your pruner close at hand and not have to go back and forth to find it.
It’s good to be informed
- This tool is not the best for small hands. It locks hard and can be difficult to open. Bahco Ergonomic Pruner With Fixed Small Handle PXS2 is a budget-friendly option for those with smaller hands.
Garden hose nozzle ergonomically designed
You don’t have to press the handle constantly
This lightweight, thumb-controlled and rubber-padded nozzle may be the right choice for you, whether your hands are weaker than they were, have arthritis, or simply want to make it easier on your hands. The affordable nozzle can be turned on or off simply by pressing the button using your thumb.
Bear paws ergonomic cultivator
For raking, aerating and cultivating, as well as weeding
This cultivator claw lets you pick weeds or rocks without having to set the tool down
The Bear Paws Cultivator Claw is a favorite of gardeners with arthritis hands. No more sore arms and tired hands pulling grass or narrow-rooted weeds. It makes it easy to break up soil and turn over weeds. It can be used to poke holes in the ground. You can pick up any debris or rocks. Also works well with potted plants.
Keep this in mind
- You might choose a different color from green, as green can easily be lost in the grass and foliage.
Equipment that prevents you from bending
Add-on ergonomic handle
It makes it almost unnecessary to bend over
The versatile ergonomic addition handle can be fast and easily clamped to a snow shovel shaft. It can also be used to clamp to a snow shovel shaft, garden hoses, rakes and pond skimmernets.
The handle is made of thick plastic. You can use the included hex wrench to quickly loosen bolts and slide the handle up and down on the shaft.
This ergonomic handle attachment is ideal for anyone who needs to keep their body upright while working with long-handled tools. You’ll be able to use more leverage and have greater control, which will allow you to work more efficiently (with less force), while also saving your back. More information on the BackEZ EziMate handle.
Stand-up, no bend weed grabber
No more bending down to get rid of the next weed.
This long-hand weeder er/root removal tool will eliminate the need to bend down to pick up a weed. You won’t have to bend over and dig in the dirt. You don’t have to work hard on a piece of land, putting your back in pain and digging dirt under your nails.
Use the foot pedal to push the weeder into soil. Twist at least 90 degrees. Pull, and the weeder will release. It is fun to aim for the root and drive its sharp teeth into it.
With its foam-padded handle, the Worth Stand Up Weeder pulls out crab grass, lawn burweed and dandelions from your lawn and flowerbeds, while leaving the soil right where it belongs.
- It takes precision. You will need to aim accurately
- Ideal for medium-sized weeds with tap roots
Raised garden bed
Potter around while maintaining correct posture
Gardeners with disabilities can enjoy gardening in elevated garden boxes. They don’t have the need to bend or stoop.
Raised planters are available in many variations, including kits, bags, beds with wheels, and/or fencing that can be used to repel deer and other looters. You could also opt for vertical options such as wall-mounted planters and trellis spaces.
This is a great option for patients recovering from surgery, elderly people with bad backs, wheelchair-bound individuals, and anyone else who is in some way limited.
Two wooden sides allow you to store accessories or display small pots or planters in the Giantex.
It’s good to be informed
- The untreated wood may need to be varnished. For extra durability, consider planters made from weather-resistant polypropylene resin.
Electric tiller / cultivator
For when you can’t use a shovel, or pitchfork to loosen the soil
It can be tedious and back-breaking to turn soil with a spade. This powerful, lightweight rototiller makes it easy to clean up small areas and aerate raised flower beds.
The Earthwise HTML70025 produces fist-sized stones, breaks down clumps, and compacts soil layers. It can even work on clay soil (not heavy clay soil). It can even be used by 75-year-old arthritic ladies to do the heavy lifting. You can choose from a cordless, battery-operated or corded version.
It is easy to work on sandy or loamy soil. Because it is lightweight, it can hop on large rocks and roots. This requires greater physical strength.
Keep this in mind
- Work the soil six inches deep. For deep-rooted plants like roses and perennials, you will need to cultivate them deeper.
Stools and seats
Rolling garden seat
One storage container with a mobile seat
It is often underestimated how much energy it takes to get up from a standing position. It can be tiring to have to stand up, get up, and then walk back to your shed a few times to retrieve a tool that you lost. This is why a garden scooter can prove to be very beneficial.
The Step2 garden hopper glides smoothly across grass and other types of yard terrain. The water bottle holder is included so that you don’t get heat exhaustion and stay hydrated. It can be used near the floors of the house and doubles up as a toy for children. This is a great option for elderly people, post-hip/knee surgery patients, and those with sore knees from gardening.
Take kneeling and squatting off the equation
The Vertex Flower Rocker pivots, allowing you to reach further from your spot. It allows you to reach farther, which reduces tension in the back muscles and hips.
This is a great option for gardeners with osteoporosis and chronic pain.
It has a height adjustable seat that allows you to use it for many garden activities, including picking strawberries, snaps, beans, planting, weeding, deadheading flowers, and pruning. You will find small tools in the bottom.
- If stability is important to your life, i.e. Swiveling can make you feel unsecure and makes it difficult to stay in your seat.
Keeps your knees dry and prevents you from developing tendonitis.
Add-on handles and long handled tools improve grip and apply force. This reduces the amount of bending you have to do. You can also avoid injury or pain by using stool and carts.
Sometimes, however, it is best to simply kneel in your vegetable beds and get your hands on the plow.
These simple, low-cost gardening kneeler pads will make your kneeling position more comfortable and prevent injury to your knees.
Think of the thickness of the pad in terms of thickness. Thin pads are less supportive and more durable. High density foam pads last longer than memory foam pads. High-density foam mats may be more comfortable for those who prefer a soft cushion. You can also get recycled plastic pads.
What should you look for?
- You can decide if you will benefit from an ergonomical knee cushion with recesses. Search Amazon for KneePal The grooves provide additional support for the knees and lower back.
No more popping, crackling knees
While knee pads are an essential tool for safe and healthy gardening, a kneeler may be more beneficial if you need assistance getting up from a seated position.
They have handles that make it simple to stand on their own. A kneeler also allows you to alternate between a seated and kneeling position, as well as doubles as a portable bench.
The lightweight, durable AbcoTech garden kneeler folds easily and can be stored in a storage pouch.
This is a great tool for anyone with rheumatoid or slipped discs, those recovering from knee surgery, and anyone who wishes to make weeding and pruning more comfortable.
Dump carts with lifting handles make versatile tools around the house.
These are also known as trolleys and can be used to transport mulch, compost, bricks, potted plant material, and other yard items.
The Gorilla Carts garden dump cart features a padded handle that makes hauling easier on the hands. It is strong and durable, with large wheels that allow it to roll smoothly over any terrain.
It’s easier to move and more stable than a wheelbarrow thanks to its four large pneumatic tires. It doesn’t require you to lift it up or strain your muscles. Neither do you need to push it like you would with a wheelbarrow.
It can be used to dump heavy loads in the cart’s bed. Once it is tilted, you can then correct it. This will save you the effort of lifting the load onto the cart and reduce back pain.
Keep this in mind
- For those who aren’t experienced or don’t own the right tools, assembly can be difficult.
Apron for gardening tools
This garden organizer is made from rugged material and keeps your tools safe. Thinning skin can lead to cuts and scratches as you age.
Its earthy colors hide dirt and stains so it can last longer without being washed.
The Inno Stage full-coverage utility apron features accessible pockets that allow for a more hands-on approach to the garden. You have plenty of storage space to store your sunscreen, tools, gloves and other essentials. Your mobile phone can be kept close by so that you are always ready to capture the perfect flower or bee.
You’ll also be able call for assistance in the event you fall. Remember, prevention is better than cure.
You could also consider purchasing a harvest gathering apron. This will make it much easier to gather your fresh-range eggs, apples, and walnuts than carrying a basket around the garden.
Protect your skin from the sun with a UV-protecting hat
Sun protection is a key consideration for elderly gardeners. Sunburns can be more severe as you age.
Combining strenuous exercise, high temperatures, dehydration and direct sunlight can increase your risk of heat-related diseases such as heat cramps and fainting.
Wide-brimmed caps can keep you comfortable and safe. It protects your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Seniors may experience changes in their eye lens structure, which can lead to poorer vision and reduced peripheral vision. This may make it less obvious that short-term damage, such as blinking or mild irritation, can occur.
UV exposure can cause mild irritation, cataracts, and permanent damage to your eyes (cornea or conjunctiva).
Additionally, remember to use sunscreen and drink enough water. Wear loose, light-colored clothes.
The Lenikis unisex hat can be worn for any outdoor activity. It protects your neck, shoulders and head. When it gets colder, the flap keeps drafts from entering your neck.
Gardening can be therapeutic. Gardening is therapeutic for seniors and all ages.
Many people find gardening a relaxing form of exercise that uses all their motor skills. It improves endurance and strength. It is beneficial for seniors because it prevents osteoporosis.
It’s no surprise that gardening is often a part of rehabilitation programs. A half-hour of gardening per day has been shown to improve rehabilitation for stroke and heart disease patients.