Many people believe that to grow a garden, you must be in fantastic health. Things like compost bag sacks require a lot of lifting, or having to push a wheelbarrow around. There is also the action of bending over to remove weeds.
To be honest, you do need to be in a certain state of fitness to garden in this manner. However, there are solutions out there that make it so you don’t need to garden in such a physically strenuous way. Instead of relying solely on strength and bending, there are many intelligent gardening techniques. Here are 3 tips and tools to consider that can make gardening easier in your golden years.
Use Wheeled Lawnmowers
Having to mow your lawn manually is undoubtedly very taxing on the body.
There are a few more solutions that will provide you greater mobility if you are unable to obtain or own a golf cart to zoom around the garden.
These days, there are attachment options for all riding lawn mowers, including the ability to tow a cart. The 4-wheeler or ATV is a well-liked mobility option, and an agricultural utility vehicle is the ideal choice if you require greater versatility.
Use a Garden Seat Kneeler
Can you comfortably reach down to lace your shoes? If not, using a garden seat kneeler can allow you to continue gardening on the ground.
These compact furniture pieces serve as both a kneeler and a bench. You can sit on them and weed and harvest while utilizing the same muscles you use to tie your shoes if you use the bench side.
The seat part can be used as a kneeling board, reducing the strain on your joints. You can push yourself up using the handles that the bench’s legs double up as. Therefore, the kneeler is the ideal self-help solution for gardening in your retirement years.
Install Raised Garden Beds
Raised garden beds come in various shapes and sizes.
The bottom line is, they make it easier to garden as you won’t have to bend down as much to tend to your plants.
With the use of long-handled tools, benches, or kneelers, it is possible to access beds that are 6–8 inches deep and rest on top of the soil. Working the beds can be done simply from a standing or sitting position as long as they are filled with light soil mixtures that contain ingredients like peat moss or vermiculite.
Getting about might get harder as you age, and while pursuing a hobby like gardening may be worth the extra effort for you, doing mundane things like household chores or changing a lightbulb is not.
This is why moving to a retirement community can help take the load off your daily tasks and enable you to focus your time and energy on doing the things you love, such as gardening. In our community, you can count on the Impressions Housekeeping & Maintenance service to take care of your daily chores.
Our dedication to keeping you in the pink of health so that you can engage in the things you enjoy most, is also represented through our Dimensions Health & Fitness program that all residents can take part in. Consider moving to a vibrant retirement community today!