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Gardening Tools and Supplies for the Disabled

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Do you, or someone you care for, enjoy gardening? Maybe you have quit gardening because it is too difficult to get down on your knees, or perhaps gardening from a wheelchair is too difficult. Some individuals have difficulty holding the tools or carrying plants or soil from one point in the garden to another. Luckily, there are many companies that realize that there is an untapped market for their gardening supplies and tools - the disabled community. The following is a list of these items that can help the disabled gardener enjoy the hobby, perhaps even expanding their already growing garden!

1. Easi-Grip Tools

PETA Ltd.
Easy Grip Tools are manufactured in the UK by PETA, LTD. They describe the tools as follows: "By keeping your hand and wrist at a natural angle they eliminate the strains and blisters that can be caused by conventional style garden tools. The green “soft-feel” grip has a non-slip waterproof finish making the tools easy to grip even if you have wet hands." The tools available include a trowel, fork, cultivator, weeder, and hoe. PETA also makes a variety of long reach tools, add on handle and arm support cuff.

2. Tetra Society Wheelchair Flower Arranging Tray

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The Tetra Society of North America utilizes the skills of volunteers to create custom assistive devices for the disabled. Some of their creations include the wheelchair flower arranging tray, garden stool, garden gate, gate opener and garden sprinkler system, among others.

Disabled individuals or their caregivers are welcome to request assistance with creating an adaptive device for gardening or other activity. "Tetra’s services are offered at no charge – no upfront fees, no call-out charges, no hourly rates and no membership dues. However, clients are asked, where possible, to make a contribution toward materials and mileage expenses. This is something that will be discussed before any costs are incurred and is generally of a modest nature."

3. Vertex Easy Up ATV

Vertex

"Perfect garden seat that adds comfort and enjoyment to any outdoor projects. Designed with size in mind. Can hold larger bodies then most garden seat on the market today."

  • Manufactured by: Vertex®
  • Seat opens for storage
  • Sturdy handle to assist in getting up and down
  • 9" wheels
  • Oversized seat to fit every body size
  • Easy to roll over grass or dirt

4. Fiskars Bypass Pruner

Fiskars

"The state-of-the-art in hand pruners, FISKARS PowerGear Pruner provides power and comfort for the serious gardener. Its unique gear design maximizes leverage to reduce cutting effort, and the rotating handle minimizes strain and fatigue, especially during extended use."

Features:

  • Lifetime manufacturer's warranty
  • Ultra hard tool steel blade
  • PowerGear® design
  • Adjustable handle opening
  • PTFE coated blade
  • Nyglass® composite body
  • 3/4" cutting capacity
  • Replaceable blade
  • Rotating handle

5. Gilmour Wheelpump Sprayer

Gilmour

The Gilmour Wheelpump Sprayer is a helpful aid for individuals who need to water, fertilize or apply other horticultural aids to plants in their gardens. The sprayer is on wheels and can be pulled or pushed along in the garden or lawn. No pumping, as with traditional sprayers, is required.

Features:

  • 4 Gallon Wheel Pump Sprayer
  • 4 gallon capacity
  • Pressurizes as you walk or roll it back and forth
  • Easier to handle, wheels carry the weight
  • Ultraviolet resistant, translucent tank
  • Built-in pressure relief valve
  • Extra-wide 4-1/4″ mouth opening for easy fill and cleaning
  • Polymer discharge valve with comfort grip
  • Chemical resistant seals
  • Flexible 16″ rotating polymer wand with adjustable polymer nozzle
  • 72″ premium PVC hose
  • Wand and hose storage on handle

This sprayer is available at home and garden stores and farm stores.

6. Corona Tools Extendable Handle Cultivator

Corona Tools

Corona Tools manufactures a number of tools that are useful for disabled gardeners. Of these tools, several are extendable models, such as the Extendable Handle Cultivator, Weeder, and 3-Tine Hoe. In addition they manufacture many gardening eGrip ergonomic tools, and adaptive gardening tools.

7. Elevated Raised Beds

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Elevated raised beds are useful for individuals who cannot kneel, bend down to do gardening or are wheelchair bound. These beds are an attractive alternative, and they may be placed in a variety of places including patios and porches, as well as in a typical garden area.

Raised beds come in a variety of sizes, styles and materials. They may be made of different types of wood and molded plastic. In addition, they may be fitted with hose soaker systems, zippered shelters, pest barriers and designed for use as a cold frame.

8. Push Button Multi Watering Wand

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A watering wand can be a great asset when tending raised beds, hanging planters, or plants that are in the back of a landscaped area. Many water wands are now made of lightweight materials with cushioned grips, as with the Push Button Multi Watering Wand.

If the weight of certain tools is a problem (as with individuals with manual dexterity or Rheumatoid Arthritis), consider buying a slim, light weight traditional hose, or one of the new expandable hoses that are easy to carry and store.

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