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Ergonomic Gardening Gadgets

Despite the challenges of raising plants in a windy, hot, officially semi-arid (lately pretty-much-all-the-way arid), climate like ours, gardening is a beloved outdoor activity for many locals. Unfortunately, as we age the body becomes less than gardening-tolerant. Joint pain, arthritis, lower-back strains, and wrist and hand weakness can make your favorite hobby more of a challenge. Overcome some of the frustration that comes from the inability to lift, bend, squat, or otherwise tend to all things green. Get back in the garden with these easy-to-use gadgets.

photos by Shannon Richardson

Gator Grabber back-saving clean-up tool $49.98, Coulter Gardens & Nursery
Lift anything from leaves and trash to stones and logs without bending or straining. Features telescoping steel handles that are height-and task-adjustable.

Multi-purpose dolly $19.98, Coulter Gardens & Nursery
Avoid heavy lifting – and resulting back strain – by using a heavy-duty wheeled dolly to transport potting soil, gravel or trash from point A to point B.

Atlas Glove cool touch breathable nylon liner $14.98, Coulter Gardens & Nursery
If you skip garden gloves because they’re too bulky and hot, these lightweight versions will thrill you.

Tommyco Knee Armor all-terrain knee pads $22.98, Coulter Gardens & Nursery
Designed to direct pressure away from delicate knees, these pads provide comfort and protection with a removable gel cover.

Bond telescopic shrub rake $9.99, Pete’s Greenhouse
This tool is excellent for tight spots around shrubs and plants, and adjusts from 25 inches to 37 inches with a simple twist of the handle.

Bond kneeling pad $6.99, Pete’s Greenhouse
Light and easy to transport, you’ll put less strain on your knees and have a place to perch when it’s muddy.

Radius hand trowel $12.99, Pete’s Greenhouse
This revolutionary trowel minimizes hand and wrist stress by allowing the wrist to rest in a neutral position while working.

Dramm one-touch fan nozzle $20.99, Pete’s Greenhouse
Easy one-touch operation makes watering a breeze for those with arthritis. Plus, the water control feature makes it the perfect water-conservation aid.

by Jason Boyett

Jason is a journalist, copywriter, ghostwriter, and the author of more than a dozen books. His most recent is “12 World Religions: The Beliefs, Rituals, and Traditions of Humanity's Most Influential Faiths”, published by Zephyros Press. Learn more at
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