Tips and tools for gardening to help older or disabled adults
If you have issues with strength or mobility it doesn’t have to mean that gardening is off-limits. There are a variety of adaptations you can make or tools you can consider to help you create the garden of your dreams.
Struggle with bending or want to do the gardening sitting in a chair or wheelchair?
You could try using raised beds or containers. These bring the plants up higher, so you don’t need to get down to the ground or bend over while tending to them.
Get aids to help if you’re weeding or pruning lower beds
Find knee pads to wear or a garden kneeler to help protect your knees from the hard ground (and any rocks, stones, spikey plants or twigs that might be hiding in the grass). You can also get kneelers that come with support arms to make it easier to get up again.
Do you have limited mobility?
Vertical beds or wall and trellis spaces could be a great option for you. Alternatively, a small window box may be easier to manage.
Try to keep good posture
Having the right posture when gardening can make all the difference. The Easi-Grip range of gardening tools can help to keep your hand and wrist naturally aligned for increased comfort. The longer handles on some of the tools also help to reduce the amount you have to bend.
Don’t stay in the sun all the time
Make sure you have a shaded area to work in on sunny days or a portable umbrella to shade you while you’re working.
Think about general hazards outdoors
It’s important to keep pathways clear and clean to help prevent falls. Take extra care if you have wooden decking as this can get very slippery when wet.