Spending time in the garden is the perfect way to relieve stress and squeeze in some physical activity. In fact, when I need a pick-me-up, I prescribe myself a healthy dose of weeding!
The Joy of Weeding
By Stacy Walters
- Ideal for permanently removing dandelions, thistles and other invasive weeds without multiple applications harsh, costly herbicide
- Long shaft eliminates sore knees from kneeling and back ache from bending and stooping
- Offset handle design offers improved ergonomics to reduce wrist strain and enhance grip
- Four serrated, stainless-steel claws firmly grab weeds and roots for permanent removal
- Reinforced foot platform is 30% stronger so you can step down confidently to penetrate tough soil
- Viewing window integrated into the foot pedal make it easy to see the weed for optimum claw placement and clean, complete removal
- Easy-eject mechanism on the handle clears tool without forcing you to bend over and remove it by hand to make cleanup quicker and easier
- Lightweight aluminum shaft provides easy maneuverability and lasting strength
- Length: 39"
- Lifetime warranty
- Stand-up Weed Puller (4-claw)
- Ideal for removing dandelions, thistles and other invasive weeds
- Extra-large handle with Softgrip® provides exceptional grip and comfort
- Polished cast-aluminum head resists rust and cuts through tough turf
- Curved profile with forked tip enhances leverage when removing roots
- Durable design won’t break
- Handle hang hole provides easy storage
- Full lifetime warranty
- Big Grip Weeder (400S)
Designed to remove weeds and their roots without sore knees, an aching back or harsh chemicals, with an enhanced design to make a weed-free lawn easier than ever.
Remove weeds at their roots with a tool that’s as durable as it is comfortable.
There are many benefits of working in the yard and garden, yet about one in every five do-it-yourself injuries occurs during the activity. It is important to recognize that gardening does not cause injury--poor gardening technique causes injury.
Spending just a few moments reviewing the following guidelines will enhance body awareness and protect you from unnecessary soreness or injury.
Proper Body Position
The number one rule to remember while weeding is to avoid bending over at the waist! Instead, try alternating between squatting (bending at the hip and knee), kneeling on a pad, and sitting on a stool. The Sit & Store Caddy & Seat is a handy rolling seat including a multi-purpose cushion that detaches for use as a kneeler. The convenient ride-along tool bin with drink holder attaches to outside of cart to make weeding tools more accessible. I’ve been known to drop weeds in the yard or garden after pulling them, so my favorite feature is the 5-gallon bucket dock for fast and easy weed disposal.
Remember to keep your work close to you and tighten your abdominal muscles to protect your back if you need to reach or move.
Always use a right angled grip to ensure proper alignment of the forearm, wrist, and fingers. This is actually much easier than it may seem. For example, when gripping the Softouch Weeder simply take the tool, direct the point at the target weed, and shake hands with it (similar to gripping a golf club for the golfers out there). The unique over-molded grip is slightly oversized with a large, flat end pad which can be used to generate additional leverage when penetrating the soil. The grip's shape encourages a neutral wrist position which helps alleviate fatigue. The right angled grip method seamlessly prepares the body to recruit the appropriate muscles of the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, and neck to perform the work. Avoid the mistake of grabbing toward the end of the tool as if you were grabbing a doorknob. In this position the wrist is immediately set up to take the brunt of the work and is prepped for a twisting motion. Twisting should be avoided while gardening to prevent unnecessary joint strain.
- In addition to body positioning, consider implementing the following Fit to Garden basics to weed out the aches and pains.
- Complete a gardening warm-up wrist, arm, and shoulder stretches
- Begin with easier gardening tasks and progress to more difficult projects
- Stay hydrated
- Don’t spend too long in one position, be sure to alternate tasks
- Wear gloves for extra cushion
- Perform post-gardening wrist, arm, and shoulder stretches
- Stop when you’re tired, that’s when most gardening injuries occur
The bonus of performing mindful movement as you weed your garden is that you will also be burning approximately 180 calories every 30 minutes.