- 23 April 2013
I love gardening and can easily spend a whole day pruning, digging, planting… If I get carried away, despite my years of Pilates, I feel it the next day!
Here are few tips to help you have a pain free gardening experience.
1- 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.
2- Choose the right tools to lighten the loads.
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.
3- 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: Print this out and put it up in your garden shed. You can make a copy for your friends and family. Share it!