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

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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.

SOURCES

Choice Products, 800-473-6020, choiceproductsinc.com
Creative Enterprises, 520-247-6212, wingedweeder.com
Fiskars, 800-500-4849. fiskars.com
Florian, 800-275-3618. floriantools.com
Garden Artisans, 410-672-0082, gardenartisans.us
Gardening with ease, 800-966-5119, gardeningwithease.com
Gardenscape Tools, 888-472-3266. gardenscapetools.com
GrowTech, 800-204-4769, growtech.com
Kinsman. 800-733-4146, kinsmangarden.com
OXO, 800-545-4411, oxo.com
Step2, 866-429-5200, step2.com
Walt Nicke Co., 978-887-3388, gardentalk.com
Yardiac, 866-927-3422, yardiac.com
 

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