Mother’s Day is coming up! Is there a mom in your life that loves to garden, but has some challenges due to arthritis or other health issues? Consider giving her one of these gardening tools to make gardening easier and more fun for her again.
Elevated Garden Beds. Bending over is a challenge for many people. The Standing Garden from Gardener’s Supply ($180) allows you to grow vegetables or flowers while standing comfortably. Gronomics Elevated Beds ($200) are the right height for those in a wheelchair.
Trigger-Squeeze Garden Hose. Squeezing and holding a hose can be difficult for those with arthritis or other challenges with their hands. A front-squeeze hose nozzle is easier on the hands, and the locking mechanism on the Orbit Sunmate Turret Wand ($15) can be activated with one hand.
Garden Tool Belt. A bad back can make it difficult to bend over to a tool bucket to find the right tool. A pocketed tool belt allows gardeners to keep all their basic tools in easy reach. The Gardener’s Supply Garden Tool Belt ($35) has pockets that slide off and on so it can be customized for the user.
Ergonomic Hand Tools. This tool set is made of lightweight but strong materials, with ergonomically curved handles to allow users to get more done with less effort. Radius Ergonomic Hand Tools ($39/4 tools) carry a lifetime guarantee, making them worth the investment.
For more suggestions on garden tools for those with arthritis or other challenges, I went to the members of our Gardening Community. Here are some of their recommendations.
Garden Cart. Community member Gayle notes, “I love my rolling cart. I can sit on it and scoot wherever I want. If I were to kneel my knees would be killing me and I’d have a really hard time getting back up.” She likes the Ames Lawn Buddy Cart ($40), and points out “you can store a lot of tools and stuff inside”.
Garden Bench/Kneeler. If a cart seems like more than you need, Community member luvmyb_b recommends the Step2 Company Garden Kneeler ($30). “This works best for me and my arthritis issues,” she says. This can be used as a kneeler, or turned around and used as a bench.
Hand Pruners/Loppers. Many of our Community members swear by their Fiskars tools (and I agree). Member growingranny_va_z7 has two pairs of Fiskars pruners that she’s had for years. “They are with me whenever I go outside,” she says. Member takyslaky recently bought Fiskars Power Grip Bypass Pruners ($14) and loves them – “They are easy to use and handle.” I myself love the Fiskars PowerGear Bypass Pruner ($21), which has a rolling handle that’s very easy on the hands.
Weeder. Linda Z is singing the praises of Fiskars UpRoot Weed and Root Remover ($38), calling it ” the absolute best garden tool I have ever used!” Due to an injury, she currently has difficulty bending over, but didn’t want that to keep her from the garden this spring. “I bought myself a Fiskars Weed UpRooter…. and it is amazing! I pulled some thistles and dandelions standing up….and it got the long tap root. It was easy! You don’t really use your muscles (or joints); the lever does it for you.” Weeding that’s easy on your back? Who could ask for more!
Be Creative. Don’t be afraid to think outside the garden section when looking for tools. Member KBratnTex recommends, “A 7″ pair of angled forceps…yep, the medical kind. I use them in the rock garden to go between the big rocks and pull out weeds. They’re slender enough to fit in the cracks, grip like crazy, lock so I don’t need to squeeze hard when I pull.” Member carross has a garden cart, but prefers a plain old pail. “After having 2 hip replacements, I can’t bend over, and can’t work outside my legs when sitting, only right between my legs. So when sitting on a pail, I can move all around it, without getting up and moving the pail.”
One more tip from our Community, which just might be the easiest Mother’s Day gift of all: KBratnTex’s favorite gardening tools are her grandkids, although she notes, “This “tool” must be replaced after year 5 or 6. It is my experience that they lose interest just about the time they are “sharp” enough to really cut the mustard!” Why not stop by to help your mom or grandma in her garden for a few hours this Mother’s Day? No doubt that would mean more to her than any other gift!
Do you have other suggestions for gardening tools for arthritic hands or aching backs? Visit our Gardening Community and join in the conversation by clicking here.