gardeningGardening is supposed to be relaxing, but as you age, a few hours in the garden could lead to days with an ice pack and a bottle of Ibuprofen.

It doesn’t have to be that way! In an April post about gardening, we promised you the details about some special tools that could make those hours among your flowers and plants more enjoyable. As the gardening season is upon us, there’s no time like the present.

Easy to grip

Having difficulty gripping your trowel or cultivator because of arthritis? These ergonomically angled tools keep your hand and wrist in a natural position so gardening can be comfortable for you. The nonslip grip keeps the tool from turning in your hand, even when wet. You can also purchase an add-on handle to modify your conventional tools for an easier grip!

Easy to kneel

Kneeling is not only hard on the knees but the getting up and down part is also a strain on the back. This stool gives you a cushioned place to kneel while you’re gardening with handy grab handles that let you ease yourself down and lift yourself back up with your arms and not your back. Flip it over and it’s a convenient gardening seat.

Easy to reach

If you want to avoid bending, stooping or kneeling altogether, these long-reach tools are a godsend. With 30 or more inches of length added to your reach, you can weed, plant bulbs and till—all from a standing position. Long-handled tools can also help you reach the ground from a seated position.

Easy to get around

Repeatedly walking up and down all those long rows of plants can get tiring, but this non-motorized scooter helps you move through the largest gardens from a comfortable seated position. The seat even swivels 360 degrees so you pluck that cucumber on one side and reach that weed on the other practically without moving a muscle.

Do you use any special gardening tools? Let us know about them in the comments below!