6 tools that make gardening easier

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Gardening tends to be low-impact, so it can be a great activity for older adults. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of Calgary’s spring, summer and fall. You will enjoy the benefits of being outdoors in nature, breathing in fresh air as you develop fitness, stamina, strength and feelings of well-being.

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When gardening, you can do small things over a longer period of time rather than all at once, which makes things easier. And using the right tools can make gardening a lot less tiring — easier on the back, hips, arms and shoulders, says John Ostrowdun, manager of green products at greengate garden centers in Calgary.

We talked to some gardening enthusiasts about their favorite tools for reducing stress.

1 raised garden beds

Elevated beds are easier on the body because “you don’t have to go down very low,” notes Ostrowdun. Most flower beds are built from half a meter to a meter high. Garden beds are a convenient option for people who have limited garden space, such as in condominiums or semi-detached houses with a small backyard.

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2 long-handled or adjustable tools

Any long-handled tool — like weeding tools or long-handled shovels — reduces the need to bend over at ground level to do your garden work, says Ostrowdun. Kath Smyth, a horticulturist at the Calgary Horticultural Society, also recommends adjustable tools that can be lengthened or shortened so you’re always comfortable.

A folding seat kneeler relieves body tension by offering different adjustments for sitting and kneeling.  PROVIDED
A folding seat kneeler relieves body tension by offering different adjustments for sitting and kneeling. PROVIDED

3 folding seat kneeler

“It’s a really great thing, because you can turn him over to one side and sit on him, or turn him over to the other side and kneel down, and he’s got the legs to give him lifting strength to get up again. ”, enthuses Smyth. .

4 small blade shovel

Carmen Lamoureux, founder of the Urban Farm School in Calgary, which teaches courses in urban regenerative agriculture and permaculture in Calgary, praises its small-blade shovel. “It has a long handle like a regular shovel, but a small head. I find it perfect for many garden tasks and is easier to handle. It’s available from Lee Valley Tools and is called a flower shovel.”

5 ratchet pruners

These tools ease the strain on your hands by taking advantage of the ratchet device for pruning, says Ostrowdun.

Claw garden gloves, with plastic claws on the fingertips, relieve some pressure on your hands when planting or weeding.  PROVIDED
Claw garden gloves, with plastic claws on the fingertips, relieve some pressure on your hands when planting or weeding. PROVIDED

6 claw garden gloves

A new tool now available in North America are claw garden gloves, with claw-like plastic fingers. “It makes digging easier and there’s less pressure on the hands. They look like bear claws,” explains Ostrowdun of the gloves that can be used for everything from digging to planting, weeding and seeding, while protecting the gardener’s hands.

This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division.

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