Helpful Gardening Tools for Arthritis

Make Gardening Easier With These Helpful Garden Tools

How does your garden grow? With ease if you use smart gardening gear for planting, watering, weeding and pruning. These helpful garden tools can help you turn on your green thumb.


Reduce joint stress and increase leverage when gripping garden tools with the Fist Grip Long Reach Trowel, Cultivator, Fork and Hoe ($34 each). Each tool’s handle is more than 30 inches long to help prevent excessive bending and reaching.

Give plants hands-on attention in comfort with the Garden Kneeler/Sitter ($50). The foam platform cushions knees and a sturdy metal frame with handles helps stabilize your movements while kneeling. When tending to raised beds, flip it over for a bench.


Forget lugging heavy watering cans and traditional garden hoses. Use a lightweight coiled hose ($40), which won’t get tangled and stretches to 50 feet and automatically rebounds to 3 feet.

Turn disposable 1- and 2-liter soda bottles into an irrigation system by attaching Aqua Cones ($10 for set of six) to the threaded ends of the bottles. When inserted into the soil of a plant, an Aqua Cone’s long stake delivers water directly from the old soda bottle to the plants roots as needed, helping to cut back on your watering duties.


Remove weeds from a standing position with Fiskars’ UpRoot Weed and Root Remover ($38) or Hound Dog’s Weed Hound ($26). For both, place the plunger on the weed and activate the steel tines by placing one foot on the foot step. Then lift on the handle to pull out the weed without leaving divots in your lawn or garden.

To prevent weeds from popping up in gardens use a liner, like the Pro Weed Mat ($27). Cut the 3-by-50-foot mat in any configuration you need: in between rows of veggies, around trees and along the edges of beds.


Rose gardeners rejoice. Prune showy roses without cutting your hands on thorns with the Rose Stem Cleaner ($14), and safely remove thorns and leaves that lead to cloudy water in vases with the Thorn Stripper ($11).

The extra-long gauntlets on the Bionic Rose Gloves ($50) help protect arms against thorns, but are also flexible enough to meet the needs of rose gardeners. Padding on the palm, thumb and fingers helps reduce blisters – all these features helped earn the gloves an Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of Use Commendation in the past.

Fiskars’ pruners and loppers (starting at $25) provide two-to-three times the cutting power of traditional pruning tools thanks to their unique designs that have earned 12 of Fiskars’ tools the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of Use Commendation.


Tote soil, small plants and tools, and more with the nylon collapsible Presto Bucket ($16). It weighs only a few ounces but holds almost 3 gallons.


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5 thoughts on “Make Gardening Easier With These Helpful Garden Tools

  1. Thanks for sharing these different tools for improving your garden. I just moved into a property that has a big yard, so I can finally start gardening! However, I was told that my lawn has a problem with weeds, which is why I’ve been looking online for weeding tools. The weed mat liner might be a great preventative tool; I’ll be sure to try it out and see if it can keep my garden free of weeds.

  2. Great collection of items , especially for persons not in active treatment who may have questions about gardening. This should be a booklet available through the AF. Thanks for bringing it to my attention

  3. I am so glad I enrolled in the Arthritis Foundation email services! In just a few short weeks, I have learned many ways to say my ailing body of R.A. Thank you! Your tips are very helpful!

  4. Good article,

    I suffer from RSI, which is most affected when planting. So some of these tools look like they should be able to help keep it at bay.

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