Top Safe Gardening Tips For Seniors

Last update: 2021-04-08

Gardening is one of the most popular hobbies of seniors to do around the house. It is a chill, relaxing, and joyful physical activity, whether outdoor or indoor, that helps flexibility, mobility, reduce stress, and improve strength.

Following these top safe gardening tips for seniors will help these moments be more enjoyable. Read on!

Choose The Right Types Of Gardens For Seniors

It might be more difficult for a senior gardener to kneel down for planting, weeding, or digging.

These gardening activities might cause joint pain and injuries around their back, neck, shoulders, and knees, especially during a long course of gardening. Not to that, it’s hard to get up and stand.

From that point, raised bed gardening and container gardening are two types of gardens that we highly recommended for seniors.

Top Safe Gardening Tips For Seniors

What are the differences?

The main difference between them is just the size.

While containers are suitable for small gardens or apartments, raised beds are larger, meaning that they will require more space, soil, and cost. In turn, you’ll get an extra area for growing more plants.

Top Safe Gardening Tips For Seniors

You can choose either of them or mix between them for a garden that best suits your budget, the plants that you want to grow, and your space.

The best thing about these types of gardens is you can freely create one on your own at any budget range, starting from anything that can be made as a plant container, such as:

  • Huge outdoor garbage cans
  • Big plastic soda bottles
  • Large cans
  • Old paint cans
  • Toy trucks
  • Wash Tubs
  • Stacked tires
  • Concrete blocks
  • Colanders/pots
  • Dresser drawers
  • Rain boots
  • Tool boxes

Things to consider when trying these gardening types

If you intend to create either a raised bed garden or a container garden, always remember to choose those beds/containers that are large and heavy enough so that you won’t stumble over them.

Install a self-watering system for indoor gardens and an automated drip irrigation system for outdoor ones, which helps reduce labor gardening tasks.

DIY or buy an irritation kit depending on your preference and budget.

Top Safe Gardening Tips For SeniorsIn addition, consider where to put these raised beds or containers so that your plants can thrive happily while you don’t have to take care of them too much.

Top Safe Gardening Tips For SeniorsEnsure to drill some holes at the bottom of each raised beds/containers for drainage

If you intend to move these containers around your garden, choose lightweight ones or place them on plater caddies.

Pick The Right Gardening Tools For Seniors

In the arsenal of any senior gardeners, there must be these gardening tools:

  • A gardening apron with some pockets to store your small gardening tools, such as seeds, hand shovels, spades, and gloves.

Top Safe Gardening Tips For Seniors

  • Garden pads or kneeler bench if you still decide to grow plants on earth ground. These tools help you kneel down/get up more easily with less pain

Top Safe Gardening Tips For SeniorsSafer weeding for seniors

  • Lightweight coiled hose for easy grabbing

Top Safe Gardening Tips For Seniors

Besides, only choose those gardening tools with a grippy and sturdy handle.

Invest In A Good Gardening Trolley

When you’re getting older and older, it’s necessary to accept the fact that your joints won’t be as strong as when you are younger. They are easily fatigued and injured, which also means you barely can lift or carry heavy items.

Top Safe Gardening Tips For Seniors

It’s time to invest in a high-quality gardening trolley as your workhorse assistant.

There is a wide range of designs of gardening trolleys available on the market. You should pick the one that is comfortable to handle, push, and orientate. Besides, pay attention to coordination and balance.

Top Safe Gardening Tips For SeniorsSome common issues to consider to avoid:

  • The trolley isn’t tall enough for some seniors to lower themselves down
  • It can’t keep balance, which is risky for the user to fall onto the ground when they get up/down on a pathway or cement patio

Stretching Properly

This is required of every gardener, not just the elderly.

Top Safe Gardening Tips For Seniors

Stretching is important to make your muscles relax and flexible. You should stretch or take some light exercises before, during, and after gardening, which significantly reduces joint pain, muscle fatigue, and injuries.

Get The Right Gardening Plan

While a course of gardening can last up to 2 hours, we highly recommend seniors to work in their garden for around 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Depend on your physical health status and doctor advice to choose between one and four times of gardening per day.

Top Safe Gardening Tips For Seniors

Always know your limit and don’t push yourself too much.

Remember to take a break after each gardening time.

Extra Safety Tips For Seniors In Gardening

Gardening activities make you sweat so, don’t forget to keep a small water bottle along with you for instant hydration

Make sure to wear the right gardening apparel, such as clothing, footwear, hat, and gloves

Top Safe Gardening Tips For Seniors

Put on sunscreen, facemask, and bug spray

For too strenuous gardening tasks, ask another member/hire help

Only use manual tools and avoid powered ones

Consider your health issues (such as mobility or problems, Parkinson’s, or arthritis) to choose the right gardening tools

Top Safe Gardening Tips For Seniors

Create a path or walkway that you can easily push a trolley, a wheelchair, a walker, or gardening scooters over.

Always carry your phone along with you for emergency

Top Safe Gardening Tips For Seniors


Gardening is a type of physical activity that helps you get closer to nature while exercising your body. It’s good to be a hobby in a senior’s lifestyle. The only thing you should always keep in mind is to follow top safe gardening tips for seniors.

That’s all for this article. Thanks for reading!

Harry Ramos
Harry Ramos

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