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Watch Your Back While Gardening

All the bending, lifting, lugging, and tugging we do when we're gardening takes it's toll, particularly on the back.  However, there are things you can do to protect your back while still enjoying your time digging in some soil.  Just follow these easy steps:

Warm up:  Before jumping right in you should walk around the yard for a few minutes.  Try collecting all your tools at this time and getting everything organized so once you start you don't have to keep stopping and searching for items.  Move any heavy pottery into position before you start.


Bend Correctly:  Bending over from the waist with your knees locked is the most common mistake gardener's make.  Either bend forward from your hips or bend your knees and squat down.  This transfers the weight you are trying to life to your thighs and buttocks.  We sell a device called "Pot Lifter" that is awesome for lifting large objects not just garden pottery.  Click here to find out more information.

Avoid twists and turns:  Avoid being repetitive with movements.  If you are performing the same movements over and over, like shoveling dirt, stop time to time and take a break.  When filling a large planter with soil, try doing it in a couple of steps.  Fill the pot half full, move on to something else and come back and finishing filling the planter.


Wear comfortable, cushioned shoes:  There are gardening shoes that have nice thick soles that help to minimize the impact on your feet.  They also help with alignment so you don't trip or stumble while walking on uneven surfaces.

Cool down after gardening:  When your chores are complete, this is the time to sit down and enjoy your hard work.  Look at your stunning potted planters and savor the view.  Relax, stretch your muscles while they cool and enjoy a final glance at all that you have accomplished.  If you have access to a hot tub this is the ultimate reward for a day of hard work.


Drawing 1 shows the incorrect to bending.  Don't lock knees.

Drawing 2 shows the best way to bend when lifting.

Drawing 3 show a great way to relax your back after gardening all day.

If you follow even a few of these moves, we think you will find your gardening experience much more enjoyable.  It's the little things that make a big difference.

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Post Last Updated: 1/2/2017 3:31:07 PM 

Plant Through The Pain

Many of you watched your mothers or grandmothers work in the garden and wondered how they could make it such an enchanted and beautiful place.  You decided right there that when you grew up your patio and garden areas would look just as lovely.

That was before you experienced "chronic back pain." 
Back pain doesn't mean you can never have a garden - it simply means if you follow a few simple suggestions you can avoid it all together or at least be able to deal with it easier.


One suggestion is that pre-planning makes a huge difference.  Instead of planting a perennial flower in an area in your garden where it may not do well, read before hand and plan in advance.  This will save you from having to plant items multiple times - which means less work for you and less stress on your body.  Don't under estimate planning in advance.

Studies have proven that working in your garden can help reduce migraine headaches and facial pain.  Pain is less intense because of the distraction you experience while planting beautiful flowers.  Enjoying the enjoyable experience is half the battle.


Before stepping into the garden stretch out your muscles.  While gardening use an inner timer to remind yourself to positions and activities often.  Maybe weed for 10 minutes, then switch to raking, then watering.  Use a garden stool or lightweight kneel pad that are easy to carry and use them often.

Raised garden beds are also a great idea.  You can stand while doing your gardening chores and the stress on your lower back are minimal.  Asking a neighbor boy to help with lifting or trimming is always a good idea.  If you just ask you will always be surprised how easily people will help.


Although it's very challenging to bring beauty out of chaos in the garden, its' also very rewarding.  Remember to relax, enjoy, take a deep breathe and look around you.  Maybe one day your grandchildren will watch you and dream of their own gardens.

Post Last Updated: 1/10/2017 11:47:53 AM 

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