Perfect your green thumb with senior friendly gardening tools
As the season’s first purple crocus buds and sunny yellow daffodils sprout through the ground, we are reminded that the first day of spring has come to pass. Green thumbs everywhere are creating shopping lists to bring their flower beds and gardens to life. For many seniors, gardening is a joyous pastime that can even benefit their overall health.
Scientific researchers, hospitals and horticulture organizations illustrate that gardening is therapeutic. By spending just two-and-a-half hours per week gardening, seniors can reduce their risk for some health issues, improve depression symptoms and reduce social isolation.
“Gardening is such a peaceful and spiritual activity,” says Jessica Lujano, Holiday Retirement enrichment coordinator at Fig Garden. “It connects seniors emotionally and socially to the earth and with each other. It allows them to be a part of something - to watch something bloom.”
Lujano encourages seniors to cultivate their green thumbs. At Fig Garden, residents focus on low-maintenance, apartment or patio-friendly plants, such as tomatoes and tulips, that grow well in partially-shaded conditions and require little or no annual upkeep. If seniors have little outdoor space or limited mobility, Lujano recommends hydroponic plants (even house plants) which do not require any soil.
Senior gardening equipment
While gardening is a healthy pastime, we have seen seniors hesitate if they do not know where to start or which equipment is right for them. That is why we put together a helpful list! Consider these tools when planning your next senior gardening project:
Protect your hands with gloves and use ergonomic tools when possible. Bionic Gardening Gloves offer extra comfort and grip for seniors with arthritis. Fast Grip Tools provide unique handles with a natural grip to prevent hand and wrist injury, and Hound Dog Lawn and Garden Tools are designed to help seniors weed and plant without bending over.
Gloves and hand tools
Avoid spending too much time stooped over or on your knees. Consider padding and products such as the Deep-Seat Garden Kneeler or household stools and chairs (with four legs) to help prevent back and knee strain.
Back and knee savers
Think about lightweight watering tools. Watering should not require heavy lifting. Featherweight coil hoses and compact coil hoses are easy to move and store when not in use.
Prevent muscle strain and overexertion with smart carts. The lightweight Garden Works Presto Bucket and the Poly-Tough Cart allow seniors to transport potting soil and bulbs without heavy lifting.
Buckets and carts
Products such as the Deluxe Tractor Scoot and Picnic Time Gardener provide a place to comfortably sit while gardening, and also offer tool storage to keep your gadgets in one convenient location.
Senior gardening tips
From gardening clubs to community vegetable gardens, many residents at Holiday Retirement enjoy planting veggies, flowers and herbs in their senior living communities. Check out this handy graphic to learn eight senior gardening tips, and get in touch with a Holiday Retirement community near you to learn about senior gardening opportunities.
*Holiday is in no way affiliated with the companies or their affiliates, nor do we attest to the quality of the products mentioned in this article.
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