Gardening Tips for People with Lower Mobility

Gardening can be a bit of a challenge if you live with lower mobility. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Here are a few tips to help you get your hands dirty without all that bending, lifting, kneeling, and straining.

Bring the Garden to You

Raised garden beds are a game-changer for people with lower mobility; they eliminate the need for bending or kneeling and make gardening more disability friendly. You can purchase raised beds at a height that suits you, whether you prefer sitting or standing (in fact, some raised beds are adjustable!). Then, fill them with your favourite flowers, herbs, or vegetables, and watch your garden thrive at eye level.

Contain Your Greenery

It can be challenging to navigate uneven grassy surfaces to care for your plants. So, why not create a garden in a more accessible area using containers? Container gardening lets you position your garden wherever it’s most convenient—on a patio, balcony, or right by the front door. Simply collect some pots and hanging baskets, or repurpose some unique vessels (like a wheelbarrow or crate), fill everything with soil, and get gardening! Plus, with your plants lifted off the ground, you’ll find it easier to garden while seated, keeping your joints and muscles happy.

Take Control with Tools

Did you know that there are a heap of mobility-friendly gardening tools available? Long-handled tools with ergonomic grips can help you easily reach and tend to your plants. Knee pads or cushioned seats provide comfort during extended gardening sessions. And, for those with limited hand mobility, there are specialised tools with easy-grab handles and larger grips for better control. Investing in the right tools can make gardening accessible and enjoyable, no matter your abilities!

Minimise Fuss

If you’re more of a hands-off gardener, consider including some low-maintenance plants in your garden. Native plants and succulents, for instance, thrive with less water and attention. This way, you can tend to your garden when you actually feel like getting your hands dirty, rather than toiling away just because you have to.

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