Beverley Byer has been writing professionally for a number of years. Her work has been published in magazines and newspapers.
Effects of Gardening Tools on the Body
The use of any gardening tool, especially when used frequently, could do harm to the body and spoil your joy of gardening. A long handle rake, a heavy trimmer or some difficult-to-use tool, for instance, could strain the back, neck, wrists or worse. You want gardening tools that are lightweight, ergonomic, and safe. You also want the best product on the market.
Here is the list of gardening tools that are essential to anyone interested in not only gardening, but gardening safely. The list also includes the function of each tool.
- Clippers, trimmers or loppers. Used to prune larger or thicker branches and shrubbery or remove grass from awkward and hard to reach places.
- Hand spades or trowels (sometimes called shovels). Used for small jobs such as digging garden beds for planting; scooping soil into pots; or mixing compost or fertilizer with soil.
- Shovels. Good for digging large holes; scooping out large amounts of dirt/ soil, and debris; and mixing compost or fertilizer with soil.
- Hand forks or diggers. Used to aerate soil and lawns; dig out unwanted weeds and moss; and prep new planting areas in the garden.
- Hoes. Good for digging out weeds in awkward areas; tilling the soil; and mixing compost or fertilizer.
- Rakes. Names tend to vary like garden rakes, leaf rakes, lawn rakes. They remove or gather debris including leaves from lawns, gardens, plant beds, and spread compost, fertilizer, mulch or soil around plants.
- Hoses. Make it easier to transport water to plants, shrubs or lawns that require a lot of watering or that are some distance away. Hoses with adjustable nozzles work better.
- Utility buckets or carts. Usually of sufficient size to transport small tools or remove cuttings and debris easily. They could also be used to mix fertilizer, compost or other additives.
Companies are currently making an effort to manufacture lightweight gardening tools that are easy on the body and simple to use. The table below lists the brands in each category of tools that have been tested and recommended by websites such as www.consumerresearch.com and www.health.com. It includes the advantages of using the particular tool or its benefits to the gardener, where to find it, and the lowest estimated cost. Happy gardening!
Table of Lightweight Essential Gardening Tools
|Brand Description inc. product Advantages/ Benefis to Gardeners||Where Available||Lowest Estimated Cost|
Gardening Shears/ Scissors
Fiskars PowerGear Pruner. Model #7936. Handle contours to the shape of the hand. Reduces arm & hand strain. Stainless steel, coated blade is sharp & can cut through gums & sap.
Clippers/ Trimmers/ Loppers
Black & Decker HH2455 24-inch Hedgehog Hedge Trimmer with Rotating Handle. Handle rotates 180 degrees. Cuts with 40% less vibration. Soft grip. Balanced for control & works fast.
Hand Spades/ Trowels
Fiskars 7022 Ergo Trowel. Specially-designed handle to reduce pressure on hand & wrist.
Radius Garden 208 Pro Ergonomic Shovel. Specially-designed "O" handle with non-slip grip for more balance. Reduces pressure and strain.
Hand Forks/ Diggers
Radius NRG Ergonomic Easy Grip Gardening Hand Fork. Thermoplastic handle for easy, comfortable grip; secure even when wet. Provide natural arm movement.
True Temper (Ames) 54-inch Fiberglass-Handle Garden Hoe. Model #1859900. Ergonomic handle provides control without hand strain.
Fiskars leaf Rake. Model #96605935J. Ergonomically-designed 67-inch aluminum handle. Lightweight, protects the back & makes raking easier. Tines are flexible.
Radius Garden 400 Groundhog (Shark) Circular Rake. Unusually curved head & 49-inch, lightweight, fiberglass handle with carbon steel padded grip.
Orbit 50-foot Coil Hose with Pistol Nozzle. Compact hose. Plastic coil returns to its original shape after use. Company says weighs half as much as regular hose. Has 6 spray patterns.
Utility Buckets/ Carts
Vertex Garden Essential Bucket Organizer. Utility belt around bucket to place small tools.
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