5 Tips to Fight the Aches and Pains of Gardening
- Bring the Garden to You
While some may argue that nothing beats digging around in the soil and being one with the Earth, there is nothing that says you can’t bring the soil to you. Eliminate the bending all together by opting for a raised garden bed. There are many options out there for a raised garden bed. Do a simple search online or check out one like this.
- Ergonomic Gardening Tools
Gardening can be a beloved pastime, but it can also aggravate carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis and can aggravate your lower back and cause you pain. There are a host of tools that can help keep you from bending over too much while you plant bulbs or weed your garden – to shovels and trowels that are designed so your elbows, fingers and wrists have less work to do. Many sources carry tools like this, you need only spend a bit of time online or browse your local garden center to find what works best for you. Scott in our marketing department swears his back has been saved by Grandpa’s Weeder.
- Check Your Gear
Before you spend too much time in the garden this spring, it’s a good idea to take basic stock of your gardening gear. Is your sunscreen expired? Is the SPF up to snuff? How are your gloves? A splinter or a bur in your finger can cause weeks of pain if your gloves are threadbare or have holes in them. Also check to make sure your shoes are comfortable and your socks wick away moisture – it’s easy to get blisters from one weekend out taking care of the garden. A quick check over all the basic necessities can save you from sunburns, splinters and basic aches and pains.
- Ask for Help
Planting you vegetable garden may be an activity that brings you tremendous joy – something that you shouldn’t have to give up. However, rethink some of the hassles that cause you the most pain and bring you the least reward. If you are dreading pruning bushes or aerating your lawn, there are many cheap options for outsourcing the more labor-intensive tasks. Check out Craigslist or ask neighbors for referrals for the chores that require some extra elbow grease.
- Limber Up
After a long day in the garden, even the strongest backs and joints will likely be weary. Try some light stretches after working to avoid muscle soreness and pain. Check out these garden-specific stretches for more ideas.