Grandmother gardening with her granddaughter

Gardening season is quickly approaching, and whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a beginner, here are few tips for improving your experience:

1. Wear Sunscreen

Since gardening can expose your skin to excessive amounts of sunlight, always put on sunscreen before heading out. Use a sunscreen with at least 45 SPF, and be sure to reapply regularly. You may also want to use a sun hat or wear long sleeves to prevent damage and spotting.

2. Use Ergonomic Tools

Gardening can be hard on your back, hands, and wrist if you don’t use the right tools. Try a rolling seat, cushioned kneeler, or hand tools with adjusted grips to help with your specific needs.

3. Mix Up Your Routine

To get better exercise and go easy on your back, try rotating your daily gardening routine. Work on your ground plants one day and on your vines or trees the next. Switching things up will also switch up the muscle groups you engage with your work.

4. Start Early

Gardening in the morning can reduce sun and heat exposure. Get a jump on the day and your garden work by heading out early.

5. Stay Hydrated

It’s easy to lose track of time outside, so be sure to bring a bottle of water and even a light snack. Especially if it’s a sunny day, you need to be sure that you stay hydrated.

6. Take It Easy

You may not be able to work at the same pace you used to, and that’s okay. Don’t push yourself. Simply enjoy this time to relax and take each task at a comfortable pace.

7. Bring Your Cellphone

Carry your cellphone with you outside so that you’re prepared in case of an unexpected fall or accident.

8. Make It Social

Gardening is a great social activity. Invite a family member, neighbor, or friend to garden with you. You can exchange tips and knowledge and share from the finished product of your work.

9. Safety Check Your Garden

Outdoor spaces can be a landmine for potential accidents. Before you begin working in your garden, make sure that there aren’t any big rocks or roots in your path. You’ll also want to check for slick spots or forgotten tools or furniture that would cause you to trip.

10. Attend to Injuries

If you have pre-existing injuries or you incur injuries while gardening, tend them immediately. Whether it’s a cut, bruise, or bite, you should take care of it before continuing your work. Gardening with an open cut can easily lead to an infection, and bruises and bites get worse if they’re not taken care of quickly.

Gardening provides a wide array of benefits, especially for seniors. It’s a great way to stay active, improve mobility and dexterity, and reduce stress. By applying these simple tips you can ensure that your gardening experience is safe and enjoyable.