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Getting Back in the Garden

Posted by Francis Whitehead on March 11, 2024

Getting Back in the Garden

After a very extended period of rain, wind, grey skies, and subzero temperatures, it’s a relief to say that Spring is finally right round the corner.

With this being true, it’s time to think about a worldwide favourite hobby with a world of benefits to reap: tending to your garden!

The Many Benefits of Gardening

Gardening offers a multitude of benefits for people of all ages, extending far beyond the beauty of blooming flowers and lush greenery.

To begin with, getting involved in the garden provides the opportunity for physical exercise and outdoor activity, taking in fresh air all the while. Digging, planting, weeding, and watering require a range of movements that promote flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular health.

In addition to its physical benefits, gardening also has significant mental and emotional advantages. Spending time in nature and caring for plants has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.

With the sun now finally showing its face, the sunshine and natural daylight trigger the happy hormone serotonin to be released in your body, helping you feel calm and uplifted.

Mood lifting isn't the only impressive thing the sun is able to do, sunshine also encourages the skin to produce vitamin D which plays a big part in bone health. The World Health Organisation have suggested that exposure to sunlight (safely of course) can help treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne to name but a few.

The soothing sights, sounds, and smells of the garden create a calming environment that fosters relaxation and mindfulness. For many, gardening is a therapeutic way to find inner peace in the glory of nature.

With that being said, for those of us with mobility problems, there can be certain hurdles and anxieties attached to heading outdoors, and when it comes to gardening, we may find that we struggle to use a lot of the gardening equipment available to us in high street stores.

However, that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of mother nature's beautiful landscape. Gardening with mobility issues shouldn’t be difficult and there are plenty of gardening and daily living aids available which have been specifically designed to make gardening easier for those with mobility issues.

These tools aim to alleviate any concerns we might have as gardeners and allow you to independently enjoy your garden, with or without green fingers!

Prima Outdoor Grab Rail

Prima Outdoor Grab Rail

The first step to starting a new journey in gardening is the simplest, being able to actually get into the garden! That’s where these Prima Outdoor Grab Rails come in.

They can be installed on outdoor surfaces to give you something to hold onto when tackling doorways and steps, giving you extra stability getting in and out of the house. It is extremely strong with an aluminium core and has an anti-slip handle so you can get a good firm grip without worrying about slipping or tumbling.

Bigfoot Half Step

Bigfoot Half Step

Another useful product that can help you get in and out of your garden is the Bigfoot Half Step. This product is hugely popular amongst people find the doorsteps into their house a little too high to comfortably tackle.

The Bigfoot Half Step is an adjustable height step with optional handles, reducing the height you have to step down, or up. It grips the floor with moulded feet and provides that extra stability needed to get outdoors.

Folding Garden Kneeler and Stool

Folding Garden Kneeler and Stool

This Folding Garden Kneeler and Stool helps to take the strain out of getting up and down to do gardening tasks. This has been created using robust steel tubing designed around a raised, soft, and comfortable foam seat.

To ensure stability, it's kept as low to the ground as possible and will prevent you from getting your knees dirty. The arms are positioned at the right height to assist you getting up from either a kneeling, or a sitting position.

This ingenious kneeler can also be turned over to use as a step, or seat, ideal for when a well-earned rest is needed.

Memory Foam Kneeler Garden Pads

Memory Foam Kneeler Garden Pads

For when you’re tending to your beloved begonias, these Memory Foam Kneeler Garden Pads can help take the strain off your knees.

They feature Velcro fastening which ensures a snug fit, and durable neoprene fabric that will stand the test of time.

Home and Garden Leaf Grabbers

Home and Garden Leaf Grabbers

These Home and Garden Leaf Grabbers allow you to pick up large amounts of dead leaves and other waste in one go, saving time and quite possibly back ache. The grabbers also offer protection to your hands, helping to keep them dry and clean.

Of course, they’re best paired with our Heavy Duty Garden Waste Bags!

Pruning Shears

Pruning Shears

A garden essential for maintenance, these pruning shears are perfect for trimming branches, trees, shrubs and vines among others. Our high-quality pruning shears have a strong Titanium blade for easy trimming.

Easi-Grip Tools

Easi-Grip Handles

Let us introduce you to these guys - the Easi-Grip range of garden tools. This clever range offers a smart solution to a common problem by adding ergonomically angled handles to its products, along with non-slip grips, allowing you to grab the gardening tools in a way that feels natural, reducing stress to the hands and wrists.

This brilliant range boasts a host of ergonomic tools, including a weedercultivatortrowel, and fork along with add on handles. The handles can be fitted to your existing tools, transforming them into easy-to-use gardening must haves.

The long-handled gardening tools mean you can remain in an upright standing position whilst the long reach allows you to easily garden without having to bend over.

Gardening Gloves

Gardening Gloves

Which brings us to the final essential in your gardening arsenal, Gardening Gloves! These Gardening Gloves have a non-slip latex grip that makes it simple to grasp gardening equipment while also being light enough to allow for dexterity.

These gardening aids ensures your hands are kept protected and clean by a tight fit around the wrist, allowing for easy removal.

Get Started Today!

That should be everything you need to get started on your gardening journey today! We at Ability Superstore can’t wait for you to reap the benefits in the beautiful springtime we’re about to enjoy. Make sure to check out the full range here!

If you have any questions about any of the products featured in this article, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly customer service team. We will be more than happy to help!