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 and consider installing a watering system. 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 for working in the garden by doing 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’ 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 on wheels, can be easily moved.
Replace handles and latches
Replacing small latches or handles on cupboards, drawers and doors with 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 productsUsing garden tools with ergonomic long handles such as pruners, cutters, and trowels and 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 so you can keep the tools you need with you and sit or kneel comfortably to garden.
Try maintenance tricks
Try simple tricks like installing gutter protection to stop leaves collecting. Another great trick if you have stripped a screw or your screwdriver is too small, is to place a rubber band over the tip of the screwdriver to provide the extra traction you need to turn the screw.