Gardening Tools For The Elderly – Oh, My Aching Knees!
I’ve never really given much thought to gardening tools for the elderly as my parents were much too busy running their College Park, MD bar (Town Hall) during most of my life. But, that all changed last Saturday with the death of my dear father.
Now, as I go about creating the memorial garden for Dad, I find my hands hurting from holding the regular gardening equipment. Ergonomic gardening equipment is the only thing that helped!
So, off I went to purchase gardening tools for the elderly – aka, me….
Note: If you have an elderly loved one who enjoyed gardening but is not able to garden on their own, you might consider my article about Indoor Herb Gardening; I have fresh herbs and little tomatoes all year round!
Ergonomic Gardening Tools Perfect For Those With Arthritic Hands
On top of my knees weeping for a break, my hands and wrists were killing me from too much gardening with not the right tools. So, off to Amazon I wandered and came up with a shopping cart full of great gardening tools for those with hand problems.
Since ergonomic garden tools are usually adapted to those with problems with their hands, like arthritis, carpal tunnel, or joint problems, gardening is much less painful making it much more enjoyable.
Radius Garden 5-Piece Purple Ergonomic Hand Tool Set, Includes Trowel, Transplanter, Weeder, Cultivator, and ScooperMultipurpose Garden Hand Trowel Reinvented the Ergonomic Pain-Free Shovel Perfect for Gardeners with Rheumatoid Arthritis Lifetime Money Back GuaranteeGarden Perfect Gardening Tool Set For Women Seniors Arthritis Extra Long Easy Grip HandlesRadius Garden 106-Green Ergonomic Aluminum Scooper, GreenRadius Garden 103-Pink Ergonomic Aluminum Hand Cultivator, PinkFiskars Deluxe Stand-up Weeder (4-claw)Radius Garden 202 PRO Ergonomic Stainless Steel ShovelBest Garden Clippers – Titanium & Teflon Coated Blades – Traditional Bypass Pruning Shears. Garden Scissors With Anti Slip Ergonomic Rotating Handle. Garden Tool Avoids Carpal Tunnel & Blisters.Radius Garden 601 Mini Ground Hog Rake
Raised Garden Beds Make Gardening Fun Again For The Elderly
I first saw these wonderful raised garden beds at the rehab where Mom was recovering from her broken hip. These raised garden beds are great for the elderly as the garden planters have legs so that brings the gardens up to your elderly loved one. And, they’re much easier to tend than garden plots, especially for those with arthritis or any kind of joint pain. They’re also absolutely perfect to raise tasty herbs; variety is the spice of life (sorry….).
These raised garden beds come in varying heights so there’s one for everyone – even those who are in wheelchairs can now recreate the garden patch of their youth.
Gronomics EGB 34-48S Elevated Garden Bed, 34-Inch by 48-Inch by 32-Inch, FinishedGronomics REGB 24-48 24-Inch by 48-Inch by 30-Inch Rustic Elevated Garden Bed, UnfinishedCedarCraft Cascading Garden Planter – 3 TierGronomics RPB 18 – 48 18-Inch by 48-Inch by 19-Inch Rustic Planter Box, UnfinishedCedarCraft Elevated Garden Planter 23″ X 49″ X 30″Arboria EZ Plant Elevated Garden
Rolling Garden Scooter With Garden Storage And Seat
My local Costco has these rolling garden scooters with a seat, and, if I’d been bright, I would have bought one.
Designed to carry all of your gardening supplies, this garden scooter also serves as a nice, comfortable seat when your elderly loved one gets tired. The seat is also helpful for senior citizens who are sowing seeds or even pulling weeds with a long-handled tool.
I especially like the fact that I can store all items I need, such as osmocote plant fertilizer, and Miracle Grow water saving crystals. I also keep a few extra pairs of gloves stored and ready for gardening, seed packets, and even a Bluetooth speaker so I can have my tunes as I work in my garden.
Pure Garden 75-MJ2011 20Sunnydaze Green Rolling Garden Cart with Steering Handle, Swivel Seat & BasketSuncast GDS200D Garden ScooterCreative Motion Sit on Garden Tool CartStep2 Garden HopperAmes Lawn Buddy Lawn Cart – 1123047100
Garden Kneeling Benches
As I mentioned, my knees were not pleased with my gardening plans – that is, until I bought one of these garden kneeling benches. Oh my gosh! What a difference in my knees that evening. No creaking, no popping, and, best of all, no difficult standing or sitting.
These garden kneeling benches are very versatile. I love the fact that it can be used in both the elevated position or, flipped over. Instant kneeling gardening position with the benefit of having handles on the sides to help your elderly loved one back up.
Yard Butler Gks2 Garden Kneeler And Seat Reduces Strain OnOhuhu Garden Kneeler and Seat with Bonus Tool PouchPortable Multiuse Folding Garden Kneeling Bench and Seat, 53D4Outsunny Folding Garden Kneeler/Kneeling Bench Chair, GreenFoldable Garden Kneeler SeatFoldable Garden Kneeler Seat with Garden Pouch
If your elderly loved one is a die-hard gardener and poo-poos the idea of using a gardening cart with a seat or a kneeling gardening bench, he or she surely won’t object to one of these very cool garden carts, especially the little red wagon.
Little red wagons were one thing that my Mom (growing up very poor) had to play with. As she told it, she’d spend a lot of time with her Dad in the garden helping him tote his tools and produce to and from the house. And, she used her little red wagon to do it.
So, no need to carry a heavy gardening tote which might impact your elderly friend’s balance. Instead, these little wagons are the perfect gardening tool to roll out to the garden for those who like to have their tools by their side. And, as a side benefit, you might get one more story out of your elderly loved one about their own little red wagon.
Radio Flyer Classic Red WagonGorilla Carts GOR866D Heavy-Duty Garden Poly Dump Cart with 2-In-1 Convertible Handle, 1,200-Pound Capacity, 40-Inch by 25-Inch Bed, Black FinishMac Sports Collapsible Folding Utility Wagon Garden Cart Shopping Beach BlueFarm & Ranch FR100F Steel Flatbed Utility Cart with Padded Pull Handle and 10-Inch Pneumatic Tires, 300-Pound Capacity, 34-Inches by 18-Inches, Green FinishVonHaus All Terrain Heavy Duty Garden Cart – 770lbs Load Capacity, Folding Sides and 10-inch Off-Road TiresSunnydaze Blue Utility Cart with Folding Sides and Liner Set, 34 Inches Long x 18 Inches Wide, 400 Pound Weight Capacity
Ergonoimic Garden Hose Nozzles
I don’t know about you, but, or me, watering the garden is becoming painful due to my arthritic fingers. The ergonomic garden hose nozzles have padded grips all the way around; no hard plastic to try to grasp when it’s wet.
My favorite is the ikris Garden Hose Nozzle that you see in the first link on the left below. This particular nozzle also doesn’t require one to squeeze and hold the nozzle down or clip it in place. Instead, there’s a thumb control on the back that makes it simple to turn on and off!
ikris Garden Hose Nozzle 10-Pattern Metal No-Squeeze SprayerSpray Nozzle | Crenova HN-04 Garden Hose Spray Gun Nozzle Sprayer – Heavy Duty Metal – Easy Flow Control Knob – Ergonomic Trigger – High Pressure for Car Washing / Plant Watering / Sidewalk CleaningGardena 8153 Premium Ergonomic Garden Hose Spray Jet Nozzle With Quick ConnectErgonomic Hose Nozzle – Heavy Duty Fire Hose Nozzle, High Pressure Spray Nozzle for Watering Plants, Lawn, Car Washing, and Cleaning by YelnikSpray Nozzle | Crenova HN-01 Garden Hose Spray Gun Nozzle Sprayer – Heavy Duty Metal – Easy Flow Control Setting – Ergonomic Trigger – High Pressure Spary Nozzle for Car Washing /Plant Watering /Deck or Sidewalk CleaningBlack & Decker BD1981 Ergonomic Adjustable Spray Nozzle