More Gain Less Strain

Before overdoing it this year, learn how to prepare your beds—and your body—for pain-free gardening and maximum enjoyment.

By Zazel Loven

Photography by Christa Neu


Handy Helpers
These tools are designed to help gardeners overcome physical limitations.

Difficulty bending and reaching

  • The Versatile Rain Wand from Yardiac extends your reach up to 30 inches.
  • The Dual-Flo Multi-Function Nozzle from Choice Products delivers the perfect water stream for every job.
  • Long S hooks from Garden Artisans make it easier to care for hanging baskets.
  • Long Reach Pruners from GrowTech let you handle pruning tasks from a distance.
  • The E-Z Reacher and the Easy Gripper from Walt Nicke Co. are two tools that help you retrieve items and pick up garden debris without bending.

Limited wrist and hand strength

  • PowerGear pruners, loppers, and hedge shears from Fiskars (endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation) and ratchet-cut pruners from Walt Nicke Co. and Florian multiply your strength up to seven times.
  • Radius NRG (Natural Radius Grip) hand tools from Gardenscape Tools. ARS Hand Pruners from GrowTech, PETA Easi-Grip tools from Gardening with ease, and Good Grips hand tools from OXO all have innovative handle designs that minimize stress.

Sore knees

  • The Good Grips Kneeling Mat from OXO folds for compact storage.
  • The Knee 'n Back Pad from Walt Nicke Co. offers extra-thick padding and an antislip surface.


Back pain

  • The Winged Weeder from Creative Enterprises let you cultivate without bending over.
  • The Garden Kneeler & Seat from Step2 and the Easy Kneeler and Seat from Walt Nicke Co. have sturdy handles that let you stand up without straining your back. Both double as a resting bench.

Poor eyesight

  • The E-Z Rain Gauge from Kinsman has extra-large numbers.


Choice Products, 800-473-6020,
Creative Enterprises, 520-247-6212,
Fiskars, 800-500-4849.
Florian, 800-275-3618.
Garden Artisans, 410-672-0082,
Gardening with ease, 800-966-5119,
Gardenscape Tools, 888-472-3266.
GrowTech, 800-204-4769,
Kinsman. 800-733-4146,
OXO, 800-545-4411,
Step2, 866-429-5200,
Walt Nicke Co., 978-887-3388,
Yardiac, 866-927-3422,