Spring has Sprung…..and so have the Weeds!
Well it’s that time again here in the Pacific NW. Sure it’s still raining and stormy, it’s spring after all, but we also have that elusive sun visiting us much more often. Flowers are starting to peek out after their winter hibernation, weeds are multiplying, trees and shrubs are overgrown. What will you do? Of course! You have to take control of that jungle you call a yard and get to work.
That is where we come in. Around this time of year we see an influx of the injured yard warriors. We see everything from knee to low back to hand injuries, simply because Spring is here and you have to answer the call to be out in your garden. But this year will be different, this year you will take care of your body so that your yard looks as good as you feel.
Here are our suggestions to keep you safe, healthy and enjoying your Spring gardening season.
1. DO NOT BEND AT THE WAIST. This is the #1 cause of gardening injuries. Sure every now and then it’s okay to pick up a leaf, but for gardening sake you want to used your legs.
2. Bend at your knees or kneel on the ground if you are going to be weeding or working low for more than 10-20 minutes
3. Take breaks from bending and stand up tall or even extend your back a few times
4. If you are lifting bags of fertilizer or shoveling, again use your legs. Pivot your feet, bend your knees. Don’t twist your back.
1. If deep squatting or kneeling hurts, get a small bench or gardening pad you can use to protect your joints.
2. Take breaks if you are squatting and walking around a little bit to keep your joint lubricated and keep them from feeling stiff.
3. If your knee is a little sore from a day in the garden, try ice that night 15-20 minutes to decrease the likelihood of inflammation.
Other Gardening Health Resources:
Visit our Spring Health Gardening webpage for these additional resources:
- Good Form with Gardening Activites (middle of page)
- Suggested Gardening Relief Exercises (middle/bottom of page)
- Injury Prevention and Triage (bottom of page)
Click here to visit our Spring Gardening Health website >