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How to Buy Gardening Tools for Seniors

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.

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