Everyone loses physical ability with age, but there is no need to give up gardening as you grow old if you keep these tips in mind.
- Step 1: Be careful about choosing power tools -- reaction time slows with age.
- Step 2: Invest in watering aids so you don't have to carry a heavy watering can. Use a wand to extend your reach, and oscillating sprinklers to simplify your watering tasks. Then watch your garden grow.
- FACT: One gallon of water weighs just over 8 pounds.
- Step 3: Choose tools with long handles. Weed pullers and pruners are both available in ergonomic, long-handled models.
- Step 4: Choose tools that are painted with bright colors. If you forget where you put them, they will be easy to find.
- TIP: Use spring-release pruners and cutting tools if you suffer from arthritis, joint pain, or have weak hands.
- Step 5: Use tools made of fiberglass, aluminum, and other lightweight materials. But be sure they are made by reliable manufacturers -- you don't want them to break.
- Step 6: Consider using ergonomic tools, such as graspers, shin splints, or cutting aids. These tools offer excellent joint protection and are available at most department stores and garden centers.