Perfect Your Posture When Gardening This Summer

Now that the warmer months are well and truly here, being out in the garden will be second nature to a lot of people. Whether you’re a keen gardener tending to plants, trimming hedges and rustling up delicious delicacies from the vegetable patch; or a first-timer, learning the tricks of the trade and how to look after that little green haven.
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Although gardening is often cited as a relaxing pastime, it can still put quite a bit of strain on the body and leave you with a few aches and pains the day after. But fear not, the team at Flymo has some top tips to help your favourite hobby stay as relaxing and pain-free as possible.

Accessing Your Tools

First things first – if you have a shed or garage where all your tools are stored, it’s worth assessing how easy it is to gain access to the items you use most regularly. If you’re constantly having to climb over other tools, lift and move heavy items or contort yourself into a manner of different positions in order to get hold of something, it might be time to have a bit of a clearing out, rearranging and organising session.

Keep shelves low and easy to reach, hang bigger tools where possible and keep any cords neatly wound away to minimise tripping hazards. Anything you use on a regular basis is best kept at the front, with lesser-used tools stored away neatly towards the back. Ensure there’s a clear pathway to everything so you’re not having to over-stretch or risk something dropping on you.

Mowing The Lawn

With the most strenuous tasks, posture is a key word to keep in mind to avoid injury when mowing the lawn. Keep a straight back, try not to hunch over, raise your head and avoid arching your spine when pulling the mower backwards. Aim to keep your arms straight as well to ensure even tension throughout the upper body.

When turning the mower, it’s best not to twist your body – slow, gentle and fluid movements are ideal (especially if the mower is heavy.) If you have a particularly large lawn, plan the task so it stretches over a couple of days rather than tackling it all at once.

Another top tip to consider is investing in a Flymo hover mower – lightweight, compact and easy to manoeuvre, it’s a worthwhile purchase to help you effortlessly breeze through mowing the lawn!

Once you’ve completed your mowing, it’s time to empty the grass box. Lift using your leg muscles; keep your weight balanced with your feet apart and your arms and elbows close to your body; if you need to turn, do so with your whole body – don’t twist whilst carrying; to lower and empty the box, use your leg muscles again and try not to stoop.

Tending To Your Borders Or Vegetable Patch

Wherever possible, sit or kneel when you’re looking after plants, flowers or vegetables in your borders or vegetable patch, weeding or sowing seeds. A small stool or kneeling pad is a great addition to your gardening accessories collection and will be a purchase you won’t regret. This will save the strain on your back from the constant bending over – it’ll also give you a bit of time off your feet.

The Bigger Jobs

Raking, digging or hoeing can be equally as demanding on the back as mowing the lawn. Be mindful that you’re not gripping the handle too tightly, therefore causing unnecessary pressure. Avoid over-reaching and twisting, and try to be as fluid as possible with your movements, decreasing the risk of any tension and pressure building up in your body as you work.

And Unwind!

Make sure you give yourself plenty of breaks when spending time in the garden and don’t overdo it. Plan them in between tasks and make sure you re-hydrate as often as possible, especially on particularly hot and sunny days. This will also give you the opportunity to admire your handy-work and soak up a bit of Vitamin D!

Lastly, if you’re looking to invest in a more lightweight lawnmower, Flymo launched its first ever Lithium Ion battery mower this year – the Mighti-Mo 300 Li. Compact, lightweight and quiet with the capacity to effortlessly mow a lawn up to the size of a tennis court on a single charge; this lawnmower is ideal for those looking for a fuss-free, easy to use piece of gardening equipment.

You can enjoy the freedom of cordless mowing – no more battling with extension cables – and once finished, the Mighti-Mo can be neatly folded away and stored, truly highlighting the brand’s ‘Easier by Design’ ethos. Of course, Flymo also has a variety of hover mowers available which are known for their easy manoeuvrability, as well as hedge trimmers and strimmers that feature ergonomic qualities to promote better handling and comfort.

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Notes To Editors

Since inventing the hover mower more than 50 years ago Flymo has become market leaders in the design and innovation of unique gardening products. With a range that now spans from grass trimmers to robotic lawnmowers, Flymo is constantly innovating and striving for the highest quality from its products.

Available from all good high street retailers, mail order companies, dealer networks and independent garden centres. For further information on stockists and the Flymo product range, visit: www.flymo.com/uk/