Here are few tips to help you have a pain free gardening experience.
- If you have back pain or any injuries, organise your garden so it requires minimum care.
– Cut down on weeding by covering the soil with mulch or plants.
– Cut down on watering by installing an irrigation system, using Riveria pots, choosing drought-tolerant plants and avoiding planting in full sunlight.
– Choose hassle-free plants, climbers or shrubs that need little or no pruning, no deadheading and no staking.
– Choose a low maintenance lawn. Keep its shape simple so it is easy to mow.
- Choose the right tools to lighten the load.
– Garden seats are useful for kneeling, sitting and getting up, when weeding or planting.
– Bosch Rotak lawnmowers have ergonomic handles to help you stay upright and keep your wrists straight, have side blades for neat edges and are height adjustable.
– Long spout watering can can be useful to reach awkward spots.
– Long-handled garden tools minimize bending or reaching.
– Step-lever spade help with digging.
– Have ergonomic handles to keep your wrists straight, so you have more strength and avoid repetitive strains.
- Manage your time and efforts.
– Wear suitable clothing, shoes, gloves, sunglasses, hat and knee pads when kneeling.
– Vary the tasks to reduce repetitive strains.
– Share the load with a partner.
– When digging, avoid lifting too much soil in one go. Avoid digging or shoveling when the soil is wet or hard.
– When mowing, mow in straight lines keeping the body upright and facing forward. Do not twist!
– It is not necessary to grip your tools! You will have more strength if you hold the tool as if touching it.
– Take breaks: stretch, drink water, walk around your garden …
Stretch afterwards. The glass of wine can wait a few more minutes!
Remember gardening is an enjoyable hobby. Don’t let back pain or RSI spoil it!
PS: Feel free to print this out and put it up in your garden shed. You can make a copy for your friends and family. Share it!