Gardening Tips & Tools

Garden picturePreparing and planting your garden and working to keep your lawn in tip top shape is hard on your joints. Whether you are moving dirt, hauling mulch, clearing leaves or transplanting plants again, your body pays the price for a beautiful landscape. There are several things you can do to protect yourself from back injury as well as reducing knee wear and tear.

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Planting

Tools

Gardening Tips

Warm it up

Walk around a bit before you begin gardening and do some gentle stretching

 

Warm-up exercises

 

Reduce the load

Use proper body mechanics

 

Practice proper form with the "Functional Five" exercises

 

Shoveling/Raking

Give yourself a Break

Don't forget to cool down