A few simple processes and assistive products will help you enjoy getting outside and into the garden. You can see some suggestions to help you outside your house below.
When deciding what to plant in your garden, choose low maintenance native plants. Consider installing a watering system to keep them happy. Hydroponic gardens reduce the need for watering or heavy digging. Plan to install a pulley system to adjust the height of hanging baskets.
Prepare your body. Before working in the garden do some gentle warm up exercises and simple stretches. Make sure you can see your way around by installing a high wattage bulb to maximise light in dark spaces.
Set your reticulation on a timer to reduce the need to drag a hose or lift a heavy watering can. Consider turning your garden into a ‘no dig garden’. These low maintenance gardens are made from organic material, compost, newspaper, and lucerne hay.
Stepping backwards and forwards when using a weeder or hoe is safer than reaching and pushing using your arms and back. Set up your garden storage areas so that everything is within easy reach (waist to shoulder height), so you don’t have to bend down or stand on tip toes. Potted plants can be low maintenance and if you put the pots on wheels, they can be easily moved.
Replace handles and latches
Replacing small latches or handles on cupboards, drawers, and doors. Installing a lever or D-shape handle makes them easier to use. Try putting a magnetic door latch on your front and back door to hold them open while you’re going in and out.
Use assistive productsUse garden tools with ergonomic long handles, like pruners, cutters, and trowels. Installing raised garden beds reduces the strain on your joints, the need to bend, or having to get down low.
Make gardening easier
Try using a gardening trolley and stool with a kneeling board. These products help you can keep the tools you need with you while you sit or kneel comfortably to garden.
Try maintenance tricks
Try simple tricks like installing gutter protection to stop leaves collecting. Use this great trick if you have stripped a screw or your screwdriver is too small! Place a rubber band over the tip of the screwdriver to provide the extra traction you need to turn the screw.
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