Ergonomic Garden Tools Are Helpful to People With Arthritis

The Right Tools Help You Enjoy Gardening

Ergonomic garden tools help you maintain your favorite outdoor hobby with ease and maximum joint protection. People with arthritis are gardening with pain and already burdened joints. Garden tools that are cumbersome, whether it be because they are too heavy or the grip is inadequate, make a pleasant hobby very difficult for people with arthritis.

Gardening is a wonderful activity for someone with arthritis. It's as close to perfect as it can be for people with physical limitations. Outdoor in the sunshine, moving and putting your body through its range of motion with the goal of growing flowers and plants that inevitably will bring you joy and boost your positive feelings -- does it get better? But, you have to be able to do it. The right garden equipment is necessary.

You should look for garden tools that are lightweight. They should feel good in your hand. Some are designed with extra attachments built onto the tool to add support at the elbow and take pressure and stress off of the hands. There are different approaches to consider as well, such as raised flower beds or container gardening. Assess where your difficulties lie and look for solutions. There are many ergonomic garden tools available. Here are a few for you to consider and then you can look beyond these to find even more.  

Handigger Garden Hand Trowel


This is a lightweight hand trowel designed to pull, not push. Dig down and pull towards the body. Can be used to clean gutters, dig, seed, transplant, as well as spread and level dirt. May be used in window boxes, too. Great for people with arthritis.

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Radius Garden 100 Ergonomic Aluminum Hand Trowel

Ergonomic garden tool

The Radius Garden Trowel is a ultra light all purpose hand trowel. It is ergonomically designed with a natural grip to reduce hand and wrist stress. It has a polished aluminum/magnesium blade which is both light and strong. Cuts through soil easily. Carries a Lifetime Guarantee.

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Garden Weasel Step and Twist Hand Weeder

Weasel weedpopper

The Garden Weasel is a tool that is great for weeding and great for digging holes to plant flowers. Makes it unnecessary for you to bend down, kneel, or strain to reach the ground. Just step and twist.

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Suncast PW100 Powerwind 100-Foot Capacity Automatic Rewind Garden Hose Reel

Automatic hose reel

It is very nice for a gardener to have a neatly contained hose. Sounds so simple, but it can be like wrestling an alligator at times. This is a 100 foot capacity hose reel that is automatic and comes fully assembled. Has a foot pedal function and rechargeable battery and charger unit included. Tangle free too!

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Lanier Garden Tools Ratcheting Pruning Shears

Ergonomic garden pruners

Requires 1/3 the effort as regular pruning sheers. Absolutely the best design for weak hands. The drop forged aluminum handle is lightweight, yet strong. The blade is made from high carbon steel so it stays sharp for a long time. The looped finger guard is a great feature.

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Gronomics Rustic Elevated Garden Bed, Unfinished

Raised flower bed

Don't stop gardening because you can't get down on your knees. Consider raised garden bed systems. The Gronomics elevated garden bed is 24 inches by 48-inches by 30-inches. Requires tool-free assembly. It slides together in minutes. It is made from 100% western red cedar. 

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Greenes Tiered Cedar Raised Garden Bed

Tiered raised flower beds

Another style of raised garden bed -- tiered. It is 4 ft. X 4 ft. X 21 inches. The top two tiers (21 inches and 14 inches) offer depth for growing deep-rooted vegetables and plants.The bottom tier is 7 inches, great for growing most vegetables or other plants. It has a dovetail design making assembly easy. The boards slide together. Made of  North American cedar.

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Garden Hand Hoe Cultivator Digger Tri-sided Rotating Head Tool

Tri-tool for gardening

Tired of juggling multiple garden tools? How about this 3-in-1 tool which provides a sharp point for fine work,  a reinforced double tine for tough digging in clay or hard soils, and a sharp 2 inch hoe for precise weeding, transplanting, and soil preparation. The head rotates allowing for easy switching.

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Peta Easi-Grip Long Reach Garden Tools Set of 4

From, a garden tool set with extended length tools and non-slip handles.

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