Feel-Good Gardening Tools and Gear
Gardening tools that promote getting outside and dirty in the garden—without the strain
Protect your hands and enjoy these extras: silicone finger pads to help you grab hold and a snug fit with mild compression to help reduce pain.
Bionic ReliefGrip gardening gloves, about $35; bionicgloves.com
What's so special about these tools? Their designs ease the burden on your aching hands by requiring less effort to cut dead or live branches.
From left: Fiskars Ratchet Anvil pruner, about $15, and PowerGear Bypass pruner, about $30; fiskars.com
Avoid the physical stress of shaping tall hedges by using a lightweight cordless tool.
Black & Decker hedge trimmer with 20-volt lithium-ion battery, about $100; blackanddecker.com
Long handles mean less back strain! Simply step on the pedal and pull back, and the four serrated claws will grab and yank out the unwanted plant, taproot and all.
Fiskars UpRoot weed and root remover, about $40; fiskars.com
Great for watering pots on a deck or patio, this plastic hose practically coils itself up after use and weighs about half as much as a traditional model.
Orbit 25-foot coil hose, about $25; amazon.com
Expend less effort pushing so that you'll have more energy for other backyard tasks. A variable drive speed allows you to set the pace, while high rear wheels make for easier maneuvering; add a mulching attachment to quickly shred fallen leaves.
HU700F, about $340; husqvarna.com
Bury daffodil and tulip bulbs now for a colorful spring show. Spare your back—and knees—with this indestructible long-handled steel planter designed to slice into hard and rocky soils.
about $80; whiteflowerfarm.com
This sinuous aluminum rake is designed to maximize your reach while maintaining a back-friendly upright position. Adjustable for height and right- or left-handedness.
about $40; snakerake.com