Here are some tips and tools for the Senior
Gardener, depending on abilities:
- Use raised beds, boxes, or flower pots at a convenient height to garden from a standing or seated position.
- Place garden pots on plant caddies for easier movement of pots and plants. Bring the pot to a seated person to work on.
- Use tools with built-up handles for a better grip, or wrap and secure foam around smaller handled tools. Look for tools until you find the right ones that will work.
- Use smaller, lighter weight watering cans for watering. See this post on Easy Garden Watering Tip.
- Use watering wands which are long-handled watering tools for easier reach.
- Long-handled tools also make reaching easier. Try to look for lighter weight tools as well.
- Kneeling pads give knees a cushion from the hard ground.
- A sturdy footstool makes a chair nearer to the ground, but make sure your loved one can get up and down.
- Use gardening gloves to protect hands from injuries.
- Use hats and sunscreen as needed to protect delicate skin from the sun.
For a list of garden tasks, see Get Moving in the Garden.
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