I’m addicted to the calm that settles in after I’ve spent time working in the yard. Stretching, bending, getting my hands dirty, exercising my creativity —
it’s the best thing to stop my brain from racing after a bad day at work.
These new ergonomically correct tools make gardening as easy on your body
as it is on your mind. Meet my new favorites.
End hand pain and get a better grip on tools and weeds with these Arthritis Foundation-endorsed gloves. The Rose style, shown, was designed by a hand surgeon and includes a thorn-proof cover to protect your forearms. (The Rose glove is $44.95; the classic glove is $39.95. www.bionicgloves.com, or (877) 524-6642.)
This remake of a classic is easy to grip, keeps your wrist in a neutral position, and moves the workload from your wrist to your forearm. Get more power, with less strain. In addition to a trowel, they make a shrub rake, cultivator, and V hoe. ($9.95 at www.amazon.com. Also available at Home Depot.)
The Fiskars line of PowerGear pruners, loppers, and shears are endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation. Make physics work for you — get more cut with less pressure. (The pruner shown here is $34.99. Available at garden stores or www.
Smart Handle rake
Regardless of your height, the Smart Handle rake will work for you. Light enough to let you rake for hours, its angular design will take the strain off your shoulders and back. ($29.99 from www.deltaergo.com or (800) 435-7338.)
With soft, bendable uppers and cushioned, washable insoles, these Ranger clogs are hard to beat. There are styles for both men and women. ($24.95 from www.clogsonline.com. Slightly higher at (877) 256-4746.)
Gel kneeler and
Landscaper knee pads
Cushioned enough to use over gravel, the gel kneeler and landscaper knee pads from Tommyco will let you sit or kneel on any terrain. (Kneeler is $29.95; kneepads are $19.95. From www.charleys
greenhouse.com or (800) 322-4707.)