Gardening decreases stress levels, keeps us active, and lets us pause for a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Nurturing plants, whether they’re blousy dahlias or potted herbs, gives us a feeling of satisfaction, and reconnects us to nature.
As we get older, however, the pleasures of pottering around in the garden can be marred by aches and pains. For those with limited mobility, the joy of gardening can quickly turn to pain.
Fortunately, garden tool designers have seen that those with disabilities and limited mobility are able to enjoy gardening as much as anyone else.
Peta Easi-Grip Cultivator
Three-pronged cultivators are an incredibly useful tool around the garden. The Peta Easi-Grip has a non-slip ‘pistol-grip’ handle that keeps the wrist in a neutral position; ideal for people who suffer from wrist pain or limited hand movement and less grip strength. They’re robust enough to tackle reluctant weeds but light enough to avoid putting pressure on your wrists and hands.
Peta makes a variety of these Easi-Grip tools, including weeders, hoes and trowels, and also has an arm support extension that can be incorporated to provide even more support.
Secateurs and pruners
Plants need constant attention, and throughout the year you’ll be snipping, pruning and deadheading. To do this, you’ll need a good set of secateurs.
If you have grip problems or limited mobility in your hands, it can be difficult to use ordinary tools, so look for ratchet action and power lever secateurs that are easier to operate and require less force. Make sure they stay razor sharp, too, as that means you’ll use much less force and effort to get a clean cut.
If you’re in a wheelchair and those dead rose flowers are just out of reach, invest in a set of long-reach pruners. Again, look for lightweight options rather than heavy all-metal versions.
A ‘no-dig’ garden
One of the toughest and most physically demanding jobs in the garden is digging. If you suffer from limited mobility, then narrow raised beds will make access much easier.
One way to cut down on both digging and weeding is to design a ‘no-dig’ garden, by covering the beds with a thick mulch (cardboard is great) overlaid by another layer of compost.
Weed-suppressing membranes also help to keep weeds to a minimum; but bear in mind you’ll need to cut them to plant through them.
Long-reach digging tools
Long-reach handles mean that you’ll be able to tackle the autumn digging without too much bending or stretching – ideal if you suffer from back problems.
If you want to prepare beds for planting but can’t physically dig, then cultivations tools use twisting and push/pull action to break up the soil, which may be easier if you have limited mobility.
There’s one job we just can’t avoid if we want that garden to look perfect, and that’s mowing the lawn.
If you’re disabled or elderly, then petrol mowers are best avoided, as they’re heavy and can be difficult to start (those pull-cords can be very temperamental!).
Go for hover-mowers, which are lightweight and easier to use, and have electric starts. Or if you’ve got more to spend, then why not invest in an automatic lawnmower that’ll do the job for you? They’re easy to set up and can be specifically programmed to work within the exact parameters of your lawn.
Finish the job off with one-handed shears, so you get a clean, crisp edge all the way around your lawn.
Ease tired muscles with a relaxing bath
At the end of the day, there’s nothing better than a warm bath to ease those tired muscles.
At Bathing Solutions, we offer a large collection of walk-in baths and showers that are specifically designed for easy use and easy access, whatever your individual needs require.
Why not browse our selection of walk-in showers or baths, then get in touch to see how we can help you? After all, there’s nothing better than a relaxing bathing experience after all that hard work in the garden.