As soon as there is an inclination that summer might be just around the corner, most of us start to head out into our yards and gardens to improve our outdoor environment. However, when Trugreen reviews the work that is done by homeowners, they noticed one thing in particular, which is that many people forget to protect their bodies during this work. Indeed, their latest review shows many people suffer from back and knee problems as a direct result of carelessness.
Trugreen Reviews the Impact of Yard and Garden Work
Trugreen, a company that works in the Knoxville and Atlanta region and comes highly rated on Glassdoor, Consumer Affairs, and Yelp, has made it their mission to ensure people can enjoy their gardens as much as possible. This means they must also be fully protected from injuries. Hence, they have developed the following tips.
- Always plan ahead. Many people rush out into the garden when there is a little bit of sunshine and find that they are stiff and aching the next day. While gardening may not sound like an average work out, it actually is. Hence, before you start, make sure you are physically able. Do also stretch your back, neck, arms, and legs, and do this both before and after you work in the garden. Also remember to ask for help when you need it After all working in the garden together is twice the fun.
- Use good body mechanics and focus on common sense. The vast majority of injuries sustained during gardening are easily preventable. Simple things like lifting with your legs and not with your back or standing with your legs quite wide apart when you lift, ensures that the load stress of lifting is not placed on the muscles in your lower back. You can also prevent strain by carrying items as close as possible to your body. Do also remember that there are tools for gardening and you should use those. A wheelbarrow can be used to move heavy supplies, or a large number of supplies, at any distance. Do also be aware of dangers such as wet grass and loose gravel.
- Avoid squatting as much as possible. A lot of people squat down when gardening, particularly if they are pulling weeds or doing other groundwork. It is much better to sit on your knees, preferably using a knee protector, as this avoids the stress on your outer and inner leg muscles as well as your back. Furthermore, it is all too easy to fall over whilst doing a deep squat.
- Stop if you feel any pain. You must learn to listen to your body. If you experience pain, it is your body’s way of telling you that you have done too much or that you have done things wrong. It is your job to listen.
- Change your gardening ideas. You may really want a rockery that reaches 10 ft in height, if you are in capable of safely carrying rocks that Heights you will need to come up with something else. It really is that simple.