Spring is Blooming Great!May 9 2019
Spring is Bloomin’ Great!
Spring is my favourite time of year. It’s such an optimistic season. The days are getting longer and warmer and the trees and flowers are starting to bloom. The brown patches on the lawn from last summer’s drought have been replaced by new green growth. As well as the sights, the garden is full of the sound of Spring too, from birdsong and buzzing Bees to the first-of-season spluttering of lawnmowers and strimmers.
In addition to being good for the soul, gardening is great exercise too, as Spring heralds a trug-full of physical garden tasks. It’s time to dig, lift, sow, plant, weed, rake and mow. However, like any physical activity it pays to gently warm-up and stretch before starting your list of gardening ‘to-dos’ so as to avoid a flare-up of old aches and niggles or the creation of new ones.
The British Chiropractic Association (www.bca.org) have produced some top tips to help you get the most out of the season ahead:
Warm Up – Gardening is like any other exercise; you need to warm up first. Don’t go straight into the heavy work; start off with lighter jobs as this will lessen the chance of muscle strain.
Clever planting – Use a kneeler to be as close as possible to the things you are planting and avoid too much bending. Plan ahead and have everything you need to hand.
Take a break – Vary your activity by spending no more than 20-30 minutes on any one task and make sure you take regular breaks.
Clever spring pruning – Get as close as possible to the things you are pruning and avoid overstretching to reach the area you are dealing with.
– Invest in some long handled secateurs to reach plants and bushes that are beyond normal reach.
Plan ahead – If you are planning a trip to the local garden centre or nursery to buy heavy items such as compost, buy smaller bags rather than one big bag as they are easier and safer to carry. Better still, have it delivered direct to your home.
– Don’t lift with your arms straight out, keep the elbows bent and close in to your body to minimise the stress on your back.
– If having items delivered, have them unloaded as close to where you need them as possible; this will save the effort of moving them again.
– A specialist garden trolley might be worth investing in to move these sorts of materials around, especially if you have lots of patio pots to move around as well.